The exhibition ... A Woman Is A Woman Is A Woman... is actually the presentation of the limited art publication Put Your Faith in Women by the Croatian concept and performance artist Vlasta Delimar. The catalogue appears on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name, which was held in the gallery michaela stock in 2016.
This catalogue deterritorialises the conventional exhibition space and is central, also physically present. The actual catalog is embedded in the original packaging for stockings of the company BIPA. The cover has been redesigned and in each stocking are small-format photographs. They give a deep insights into the artistic work of Vlasta Delimar. Among the photographs are older works from her oeuvre, exhibition views as well as current performances, which are listed in the catalogue and were shown in the exhibition in Vienna.
All 100 stockings are shown hanging on strings from the ceiling of the gallery. In the midst of this deliberately unpretentious installation one can look at the art catalogue, touch it or simply walk through it and the publication becomes alive. With the presentation, the informative and documentary function of the catalogue is relieved. This work shows a strong reference to the work of Vlasta Delimar from the year 1996 with the same title ... a woman is a woman is a woman.... Here again stockings with memorial photos of the artist were installed hanging.
[...] Born into a proletarian family, Vlasta Delimar has emerged onto the art scene of former Yugoslavia in the late 1970s and continued to pursue her practice internationally over the period of almost four decades. Between 1978 and 2016 she produced a number of works encompassing performances, actions, happenings, video-documents, photographs, photo-collages and installations, thus leaving an indelible mark on the evolution of visual culture and body politics in Central Eastern Europe, crowned in 2014 at the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art by her retrospective exhibition This is Me.
[...] Contrary to normative concepts of behavioral regulation that has been the axis of political, cultural and religious mainstream in socialist, post-socialist, and capitalist societies, Delimar's manifold appearances in public spaces, in person or through images, work upon people's minds because they touch (often very intensely) what is 'not supposed' to be touched: their consciousness and their conscientiousness, without leaving anyone indifferent. Her 'icons' penetrate viewers precisely at the spot where their moral (learned) and intellectual (also learned) narcissism has found an allegedly safe refuge: where they think they know who they are while acting their roles in front of the others – always behind golden masks.
PUT YOUR FAITH IN WOMEN examines how unremittingly corporeal communication is dominated by ongoing preconceptions about sexuality and nudity nourished by social taboos.
Marko Stamenković / curator (excerpt, Put Your Faith in Women, 2016)
VLASTA DELIMAR | PUT YOUR FAITH IN WOMEN
EDITOR galerie michaela stock, Schleifmühlgasse 18, 1040 Wien
PUBLISHING HOUSE galerie michaela stock, 2017
TEXT Dr. Marko Stamenković
TRANSLATION Barbara Wrathall-Pohl
PHOTO CREDITS Žarko Aleksić, Matthias Bildstein, Milan Božić, Vlasta Delimar
DESIGN Lene Keller
DETAILS German/English, 148 x 210 mm, 32 pages / Seiten, numerous ills. in color, 100 signed photos, BIPA / B.STYLED legware, halterloser Strumpf, 15 DEN
Special thanks to all sponsors and partners: BIPA, Bildrecht, Bezirk Wieden