Complex History of Intimacy and Power
Monica Bonvicini


Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.

Monica Bonvicini’s works on display in various venues in the Istanbul Biennial explore the complex history of intimacy and power in relationship to space and the body with an undercurrent of subtle humour.


Shown at Pera Museum, another, earlier work by Bonvicini from the 1990s points more directly to the relationship between domesticity and gender roles. Hausfrau Swinging (1997) is a video installation in which a naked woman wears a house on her head, banging it violently and inexhaustibly against the walls. Here, home is stripped of ideas of comfort and instead becomes a place of limitation and violence; a place to rebel against. The work negates notions of architectural space as blank and ungendered, and presents the body as a site of frustration, fantasy or entrapment.

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