FEAR vs LOVE vs FEAR (2012)
Comissioned by Fundación Alumnos47, Mexico City, MX
In occasion of Proyecto Liquido. Miedo. Curated by Jessica Berlanga Taylor
Photographs by Lorena Alcaraz M., Courtesy Fundación Alumnos47
Fear vs Love vs Fear is a 24-hour performance commissioned by Fundación Alumnos47 for the curatorial project Proyecto Liquido by Jessica Berlanga Taylor, which took place in a disused house in San Miguel Chapultepec, Mexico City, in June 2012.
VestAndPage inhabit the empty house for the duration of one day and one night. Visitors are free to enter and exit the house at anytime. Each room of the two floors hosts an installation, inside which Stenke and Pagnes intervene during the course of the 24 hours. Preceding the actual performance, VestAndPage had held a 6-days intensive workshop with Mexico City street-girls, inquiring with them fears, desires and dreams. The resulting video and text material, as well as puppets produced by the girls, became part of the installation.
The project is inspired by a psychology theory stating that only two basic human emotions exist: Fear and Love, and that all other emotions are aberrations of one of these.
+ Read more about the workshop project with the girls on the blog fearisfear.wordpress.com.
+ Order the catalogue publication Proyecto Liquido. Fear. from Turner Libros. ISBN: 978-84-15832-65-2. Euro 28.-
"Stenke’s and Pagnes’ intimate connection with body and language is evident in each of their projects. Their works are charged with aesthetic theory and personal philosophy, and it is the atmosphere of intimacy that they create through working on complex themes such as abuse, contamination, death, solitute, fragility, exclusion and rejection, and which produces a trust between the spectator and the artists. A link is made between the experiences of the artists and the personal history of the performance’s testimonies. It is in this communicative act without words that lies the possibility to confront our fears. Verena and Andrea of the sensitive bodies are searching for other sentients between those that observe them acting."
Jessica Berlanga Taylor, Curator Proyecto Liquido, Mexico City