Martha Kirszenbaum (b. 1983, Vitry-sur-Seine, France) is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles. She was the director and curator of Fahrenheit, an exhibition space and residency program in Los Angeles (2014-16). She graduated from Sciences Po in Paris and Columbia University in New York, and worked at Media Department of MoMA in New York (2006-07), Photography Department of Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (2007) and at the New Museum in New York (2008-10). Additionally, she collaborated with the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, the Belvedere Museum/21er Haus in Vienna, the Marrakech Biennale, Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Kunsthalle Mulhouse. Kirszenbaum is a regular contributor to Flash Art, CURA, Kaleidoscope and Mousse among other publications, and has led seminars on curatorial practice at the Université Paris VIII and Parsons, Paris.
FETISH AND FIGURE
Fetish and Figure brings together eight films and videos by artists and filmmakers that address both the fetishisation of objects and the exclusive relation between the representation of objects and the body. Exploring the theme of “tableau vivant”, this program challenges the presence of the human body that disintegrates, allowing objects to come to life on screen as the camera captures them. The works share a common approach of feminine iconography constructed around sophisticated accessories – perfume bottles, enchanting jewelery and shimmering pieces of clothing – while questioning images of voluptuousness and consumption and, finally, reflecting on human solitude, existential melancholy and physical disappearance.
Kenneth Anger, Puce Moment, 1949,
Agnieszka Polska, The Plunderer’s Dream, 2011
Isabelle Cornaro, Premier Rêve d’Oskar Fischinger, 2008
Shana Moulton, The Galactic Pot Healer, 2010
Michael Robinson, These Hammers Don’t Hurt Us, 2010
Tamara Henderson, Accent Grave on Ananas, 2013
Ursula Mayer, The Lunch in Fur / Le Déjeuner en Fourrure, 2008
The Twilight Zone, episode “The After Hours”, 1960
Approximatively running time: 72 min