V is for victory.
V is for violence.
V is for the void, that fills the space between.
A performance within Katz’s solo exhibition [F]acts of Violence at gallery KWADRAT, Berlin (09.02.19 – 16.03.19).
An act of violence can be understood as a fact of violence (as far in as facts exist…), as, according to Sigmund Freud, often in the face of trauma one yields to the compulsion to repeat, which replaces the compulsion to remember. Where memory is absent, its consequences, in the form of repetition, are present.
Pillow 1: The artist creates a situation of violence, and waits, detached, while it occurs.
Pillow 2: The artist creates an uncomfortable situation in which she must stay and wait, as an action of violence takes place; repetition. A commentary on sexual violence.
Pillow 3: “Lying with my partner”. The artist lies with the burning iron, a manifestation of violence, acknowledging it in partnership with herself.
[F]acts of Violence features excerpts from Katz’s body of work pertaining to psychological, social, or physical violence, and most importantly – its aftermath. Katz’s works deal heavily with memory – assimilated, erased, and ‘accurate’ – manifestations of memory; all in relation to instances of violence, and its consequences. Further exhibition info available here.