„Breathable Object“, 2023
100 x 80 x 30 cm
Steel enclosure, inflatable pillow, polyester satin pillowcase with photo print, fan, M5 stack
„Mirrored Tower“, 2023
168 x 30 x 30 cm
One-channel MiniDV video installation, aluminum and mirrored acrylic glass construction, Panasonic MiniDV camcorder, stepper motor 5V, Arduino Nano Duration: 60 min
The installation „Breathable Object“ explores the pregnant belly and human body as a social target and emphasizes both its protection and its limitation.
A steel cage filled with an inflating and deflating pillow mimics the rhythm of human breathing, drawing attention to the complexity of the physical body, as well as its protection from judgment and resulting constriction into predetermined grids.
The pillow itself is covered with silky fabric, which features a photo print of a pregnant belly of my friend.
„Mirrored Tower“: I discovered a family-owned MiniDV tape with the inscription „Zum Übersp.“, which means „To be recorded“. It reminded me of the suggestive effect of memory and perception, which also keeps alive a collective trauma. In the small „watchtower,“ a construction of mirrored plates held by aluminium frames, is a MiniDV video camera that also belonged to my family. It rotates incessantly and reflects endlessly in its upper cabinet.
The small screen of the video camera plays performances I designed to forget, but at the same time to emphasize, a judgmental view through the lens of the camera as well as the constant presence of the photographic medium. The visual sequences focus on the female body, the constant observation, evaluation and categorization.
Gina Bolle is a visual artist and photographer living in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Munich, Germany. She works as an interdisciplinary artist in photography, multimedia installation and assemblage. Her work explores the domains of control dynamics from domestic to public space. Her installations, performances and assemblages are about exposing the hidden dangers and ideologies of power systems. She holds a Master of Arts from ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne.
Currently on view: La Collective x BØWIE Gallery, La Maison Des Femmes*, Geneva, Switzerland (until March 2024)
Exhibition & Awards: BØWIE Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland; MiM, Munich, Germany; Das Zwo, Munich, Germany; Ballinstadt Museum, Hamburg, Germany; Latinxs, Leipzig, Germany; Shortlisted for Athens Photofestival 2022, Greece, Winner Belfast Photofestival category „Photobook“ for „377. Inside India’s Queer Community“, Ireland; VG Bildkunst, Neustart Kultur, Scholarship Programme 2021
Clients & Publications : klimaherbst e.V., ZDF Deutschland, Münchener Biennale, Kammerspiele München, ZEIT Verlag, BISS Magazin, DER SPIEGEL, Spiegel Online, PlanTreff, Stadt München, Buero Aha, GEO Wissen, Focus Magazin, Goethe Institut, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Magazin Online, VICE.com, muehlhausmoers, Aktion Mensch, Sozialcourage by Caritas, Herburg Weiland, Joblinge gAG, Wunder Magazin, Rainbow Refugees Stories etc.
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