Galerie im Turm, Berlin, Germany 05 Jul 2019 - 18 Aug 2019
Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo, 'Heels for All'. Courtesy of the artist
In GHOSTS, Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo investigates intimacies and the complexity of interpersonal relationships. Working with sculpture, installation and video, she addresses notions of femininity, female sexuality and misogyny. In doing so, she illuminates their entanglements with political and social power structures including racialisation and categories of identity such as age.
The focus of the exhibition lies on the video work Protest and Desire, which portrays Lillian, who was born in Uganda and lives in Germany. The work demonstrates the extent to which shame, stigma and isolation can be transformed into strength and self-empowerment, and expands the complex and diverse narratives relating to HIV and AIDS activism.
The exhibition is intended as a feminist contribution to discourses addressing toxic relationships and sexually transmitted diseases, through which women, in particular women of colour, have historically been silenced and – now as then – are rendered invisible. At the same time it underscores the fact that the social representation and individual disciplining of the body is always closely connected with social regulation.
With a contributing text from Christina Gigliotti curated by Sylvia Sadzinski