For her exhibition at Museo Tamayo, Yael Davids (Kibbutz Tzuba, Israel, 1968) fuses texts, objects, and materials (wood, strings, and glass plates), pictures of Cornelia Gurlitt, and performances which activate the installation.
Mexico City, Paseo de la Reforma #51 Bosque de ChapultepecMap
Dying is a Solo revolves around four women whose knowledge was not duly recognized and this, as a consequence, forced them to lead lives marked by tragic events and have their memories subjected to condemnation: artist Cornelia Gurlitt (Germany 1890-1919), writer and poetess Else Lasker-Schüler (Germany 1869-1945), Rahel Varnhagen (Germany, 1771-1833), and empress Iulia Aquilia Severa (d. 222).
Through her work, the artist examines the appropriation forms of historic, personal and political narratives, as well as juxtaposing different attributes of the objects she produces. She also builds a bridge between individual and social partnerships. In order to explore ideas such as appearance, matter, language, gender, and territory, her artwork and performances intertwine testimonies and thoughts about art and dance history, documents of artists, and a reflection about landscapes and politically important places.
For Davids, the human body works as a documentary device that accumulates the past and registers the present; therefore, it works from the performance and installation using the body as one of its main means in order to locate it as the place where social and personal problems converge. Through the interaction between body, different objects, and the space that holds them, her work makes us think about every item in a different way: the body and its “materials” as an abstract cluster of fragmented experiences; and the objects, as a series of events and live bodies, bestowed on historical attributes and interpretations.