a new exhibition
NON SO PIU COSA SON, COSA FACCIO...
(I no longer know what I am or what I am doing...)
Saturday, February 28, 2004 - Saturday, March 27, 2004
Reception: Sat., Feb. 28, 6 - 8 pm
459 West 19th Street, New York, NY
Hours: 11 AM to 6 PM, Tue. through Sat.
This multi-channel video installation continues Kozyra's infiltration of social groups and situations in which she does not naturally belong. It tracks the artist's apprenticeship and immersion in two seemingly disparate circles: the Berlin drag-queen scene and the world of opera singing. Taken under the wing of well-known drag-queen Gloria Viagra, Kozyra learns the intricate rituals of Gloria's life while simultaneously taking lessons in operatic singing that lead up to her own performance of an aria from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro". Parallel in their emphasis on extreme artifice, high drama, and spectacle, the two worlds merge into one, and, with an artist at its center, create a twisted fairy-tale study of unreal dreams and desires.
The project was produced during Kozyra's ongoing DAAD art residency in Berlin. Like her other recent works, it explores the transgendering of her subjects in order to question who is who in prescribed gender roles and to blur the distinctions between masculinity and femininity. The title is taken from the first line of the Cherubino's aria in "The Marriage of Figaro".
As Michael Rush wrote in The New York Times about her earlier work, "In the end, it's Ms. Kozyra who gets to flaunt her talent for turning the tables on those ancient co-conspirators, voyeurs and narcissists. "They are us", she insists." ("A Renegade's Art of the Altogether", April 21, 2002)
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