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Alenka Spacal: Exhibition of Self-Portraits


In her Self-portraits, painted on kitchen cloths, Alenka Spacal self-ironically questions her own subjectivity through a "performance" of various identities (sexual, gender, racial, religious, class identities etc.) Using an autobiographical method, through the language of painting, she places her personal stories into a broader social context. In her research of relations between the biological and sociological sex/gender she does more than question her own female identity and her identity as a female artistic subject - with her self-portraits she reaches beyond her biological sex. Through various motifs she plays with numerous representations of her own social and sexual identity, trying to overcome the established binary divisions of male and female, which is especially evident in her androginous images.