Author: Rainald Schumacher --- Date: 01/24/96 --- Copyright: ThingReviews NYC

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A nude, bearing a striking resemblance to the Venus of Willendorf, is posing for the black and white photographs of Ariane Lopez-Huici. She herself is acting in a black and white video autoerotically in front of some sculpture. A video by Michel Auder from 1976 and recently reedited accompanies the show. Hannah Wilke performs a striptease, a play with herself, the man behind the camera and the viewer. When I've been to art school, we've had a nude class with a person performing Tai-Chi. Are we back to school? Is this the issue of how to deal with nudity and the representations of the body beyond it's use in advertisement, commercialized sexuality and the private erotic images? To reinvent a view of the body in some kind of objective fashion, well aware of standards of beauty, our personal desires and the disturbing structure of the human phantasy machinery, reminds me of the early seventies. All these films about sex enlightenment, with an instructor dressed in medical white, could not hide the deep wish and desire to face some naked facts. The medical white has changed intellectually to the discourse about gender. When do we forget our bad conscience about sexuality?

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