“LOUISE” is a performance of the London-based art collective GraceGraceGrace, focusing on the highly interdependent concepts of Gender and Aging. The performance questions traditional, as well as contemporary notions of the body image, aging and the identity of being an aging woman, as well as our preconceptions of beauty, sexuality, desire, fantasy and rituals.
In the words of the collective: “LOUISE” references sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, using undergarments and bones… a durational, partly improvised work… we refer to each other, mimicking or adapting actions in an endless array of repetition and modification. The bones remain untouched… as memento mori or just abandoned ideas. Our other props are a dusky range of pink lingerie, something that none of us might usually wear, but something which is felt to encompass both the feminine and the personal. Through repeated and slow actions of putting on, taking off, hanging up, dragging, displaying etc, we form a relationship in which we are caught up in an entanglement of matter and material. In this way we establish an emotional and obsessive relationship to the lingerie – a passionate attachment that we form/perform, meshing together the material and cultural.