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Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm

Thursday, April 29, 2021 –
Saturday, June 19, 2021
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

This event is free


J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.



Black-and-white image of a person from the chest up with face paint and no shirt on. Lorenza Böttner, Face Art, 983, b/w photograph. Private collection.

Lorenza Böttner: Requiem for the Norm, curated by philosopher Paul B. Preciado is the first major monographic survey of Chilean/German artist Lorenza Böttner’s lifework. A transwoman with a disability, Böttner tirelessly worked in painting, dance, performance, photography and installation to generate a body of work that celebrated her standpoint and gender expression, resolutely transgressing and refusing any and all ableist and gender-normative prescriptions.

Over 16 years, she produced more than 200 works working with her mouth and feet and performing in the public arena of the street. The exhibition presents her work along with documentary videos as well as correspondence and photographs from her archive.

Böttner’s work was first introduced by Preciado at documenta 14. Later, it was the subject of a retrospective exhibition organized by the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona. This exhibition recently traveled to the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.

An essay by the curator is available to the public. Many public activities will accompany the exhibition during the months of May and June, namely with artist Sharona Franklin, Corpsucule Danse, researcher Alexandre Baril and film programmer Angelo Muredda. The philosopher Paul B. Preciado will give a lecture online on Saturday May 22 at 12:30 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer period.

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