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NIL YALTER
NIL YALTER
04.11.2019
MUSEUM ACQUISITION | LUDWIG MUSEUM, COLOGNE

Galerist is pleased to announce the acquisition of Nil Yalter’s  'Headless Woman or Belly Dancer' to the Contemporary Art Collection of Museum Ludwig in Cologne.   The artist’s 20-minute video-performance work from 1974 entitled Headless Woman or Belly Dance which was shot by Joël Boutteville points towards a shared belonging (woman) without emphasizing representation/difference or a nostalgia for authenticity. The video begins with the artist writing, in a circular line, the words “la femme veritable est a la fois ‘convexe’ et ‘concave’...”19 [‘the real woman is both convex and concave’] around her belly. This body-centred approach is political from the outset, because gender codes and culture shape the relationship between the “woman” and her body.20 In The Headless Woman the body appears not as a fetish object, but as a memoryspace constructed within the framework of social, ideological and psychological structures.

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