Emma Pilipon: No Fate

Four different women, in four different rooms are reconstructing scenes we all know and find banal, maybe even boring. But the Swedish performance artist, Emma Pilipons, accomplishes to make the scenes interesting and alive.

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In two of the girl’s rooms, teenage women fantasize in front of the mirror, or with the little pink computer and self-help books about being someone else. And in the bar, a woman rearranges beer bottles, walks slowly around and seems to dream about being elsewhere. All the while, in the TV- studio a beautiful brunette is making big smiles and gestures to the camera in front of her: putting on another face.

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Thus, short narratives are told in each room about the female identity, of becoming a woman, which is a forever on going process, and furthermore in the west, is taking place in a demanding pop culture full of clichés. Because of the loop in the narration, the scenes are being acted over and over, an image of how pinned down and the narrowness of the space for a woman in the western culture is staged.

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But nevertheless the strength and depth of No Fate is its fragility and gentleness. There are no pointed fingers or judging going on in the performance, but on the contrary, the dreams and fantasizes of these women are being shown as a mirror to the spectators. Showing how we also all carry them around, and even though they are illusions, as a sometimes need a kind of help and support.

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Photos Courtesy of Lilith Performance Studio – Malmo

Article by: Mette Garfield

Mette Garfield is a writer, and former Senior Editor for Puf-Art.com. She currently writes for various art publications in Denmark within the field of Contemporary Art, Photography, Video and Performance Art. She is current Executive Editor for the Danish performance theater publication Teater 1. Mette attended Copenhagen University and Universite Paris Sorbonne from which she received a Masters degree in Literature and Modern French philosophy. To learn more visit: teater1.dk


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    • Wolfgang Thompson
    • Fri 13 - Jul 2012 - 02 52

    Hmmm? I am not convince; she has done it! why banal?

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