The fourth and last Master Talk of the Apprentice Master season 2018/2019 will take place on Thursday 23 May 2019. Prior to the opening of the last exhibition, master Mette Sterre will talk about her work with a moderator. After the mastertalk the exhibition Apprentice Master expo #10 will be opened in Kunstpodium T. You are welcome to attend both the mastertalk and the opening.
The interview is in Dutch. Entry to the mastertalk is free with a valid museum ticket.
“THE PURPOSE OF A MYTHIC NARRATIVE IS TO MAKE THE WORLD INTELLIGIBLE, USING MAGICAL MEANS TO RESOLVE THE CONTRADICTIONS OF LIFE. “ LEVI-STRAUSS
Mette Sterre researches how far we can contort and skew the ‘natural’ human body in order to form a new form of ‘ethics’. She is an artist focusing on performance and sculpture, who creates sculptural costumes on the border of the uncanny and the grotesque.
Sterre’s practice indicates a graver concern with society’s anxieties, instead avowing to remove the privileged thinking of the human as the Master of the Universe. Utilising her DIY-prosthetics, her work is a call-to-arms to break away from the Western obsession with the sanctity of the human form.
By anthropomorphising accessible materials is a political act of resistance; to produce in a time consuming and labor-intensive way, she shows the body’s abilities to take ownership, linking up to folkloric and carnivalesque traditions of temporary autonomous spaces.
By putting these costumes at the base of her performances, they become the means to link the notion of motionless sculpture to the liveliness of the performers. After creating a new body language for these non-human bodies, a narrative is developed through play and improvisation. The final layer for the performance is the music that functions as sonic set.
Mette Sterre is currently an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam until 2020. Her work has been shown internationally; at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, at IBB in Curacao, the Watermill Center in New York, the Design Museum in Milan and the David Roberts Art Foundation in London and Athens School of Fine Art. Her work has been published in Vogue Italia, Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter and New York Times, Volkskrant Magazine.
WHAT? Master Talk with Mette Sterre
WHERE? Museum de Pont: Wilhelminapark 1, Tilburg.
WHEN: Thursday 23 May 2019, 16.30 to 17.30.