Love Songs

 

The works that make up the Love Songs project remix images and accounts of the 1970s Women’s Movement from Mary Kelly’s archive. Flashing Nipple Remix uses time-exposed photographs to capture three moments from a re-enactment by younger performers of the 1971 Miss World protest at the Albert Hall in London. WLM Demo Remix projects a film-loop with a slow dissolve to create a bridge between past and present representations of the 1970 Women’s Liberation demonstration in New York, which marked the 50th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. In the centre of the room, Multi-Story House illuminates, and allows visitors to step inside, the intergenerational dialogue about the historic ‘moment’ of activism. The Love Songs series asks what, if anything, is passed on from one generation to the next. Rather than a nostalgic evocation of the 70s, the works synthesize past and present, exploring the ongoing investment of the artist and performers in both the history and current relevance of sexual politics.

  Love Songs 2005 - 2007, Installation in five parts
Background left, Sisterhood is POW...
Center, Multi-story House
Background far right, WLM Demo Remix
Foreground right, Flashing Nipple Remix
Dimensions Variable
Installation View, Neue Galarie,Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany, 2007
   
 
  Sisterhood is POW…, 2005
36 units, laser cut cast acrylic, linear strip lighting, wood support
24 units, 38.1 x 50.8 cm each, 12 units 60.9 x 50.8 cm each
219.5 cm overall
   
 
  Detail
36 units, laser cut cast acrylic, linear strip lighting, wood support
24 units, 38.1 x 50.8 cm each, 12 units 60.9 x 50.8 cm each
219.5 cm overall
   
 
  Multi-Story House, 2007
Mary Kelly and Ray Barrie
Wooden frame, cast acrylic panels, plate glass floor, fluorescent light
244 x 183 x 244 cm
   
 
  Detail
Wooden frame, cast acrylic panels, plate glass floor, fluorescent light
244 x 183 x 244 cm
   
 
  More Detail
Wooden frame, cast acrylic panels, plate glass floor, fluorescent light
244 x 183 x 244 cm
   
 
  Close up Detail
Wooden frame, cast acrylic panels, plate glass floor, fluorescent light
244 x 183 x 244 cm
   
 
  Close up Detail
Wooden frame, cast acrylic panels, plate glass floor, fluorescent light
244 x 183 x 244 cm
   
 
  WLM Demo Remix, 2005
90 second black and white film loop
Dimensions variable
Collection, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
   
 
  Flashing Nipple Remix, 2005
1 of 3 black and white transparencies in light boxes
96.5 x 121.9 x 12.7 cm
   
 
  Flashing Nipple Remix, 2005
1 of 3 black and white transparencies in light boxes
96.5 x 121.9 x 12.7 cm
   
 
  Flashing Nipple Remix, 2005
1 of 3 black and white transparencies in light boxes
96.5 x 121.9 x 12.7 cm
   
 
  Seemed Right, 2005
3 units, laser cut cast acrylic, linear strip lighting, wood support
1 unit, 38.1 x 50.8 cm, 2 units 60.9 x 50.8 cm each
183 cm overall
   
 
  Flashing Nipple Happening, Documenta XII, 2007
100 women, 300 flashlights
Bergpark, Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany
Video documentation
7 minutes, 11 seconds, color