The exhibition of Cindy Sherman at me Collectors Rooms has been certainly one of the most interesting exhibitions in Berlin in the last couple of months. But, don’t forget, it’s still open, and you should visit it any time soon. Entitled Cindy Sherman – Works from the Olbricht Collection, the show was curated in close collaboration with me Collectors Room. Sherman, one of the most recognized contemporary photographers, is probably best-known for her enormous influence on feminism and redefining the position of female photographers in the world of art. The show is accompanied with a number of exciting events, one of which will take place in two weeks, when famous Canadian Peaches will discuss the Cindy Sherman exhibition and her new album Rub. The event is entitled Peaches Does Sherman.
Peaches and Cindy Sherman are two remarkable artists who have many things in common; however, we should underline the fact they are coming from different backgrounds. Cindy Sherman is a photographer who incorporates aspects of feminism, performance art, cultural criticism, and the body and identity politics into her provocative work. She is one of those artists whose story has been told over and over due to its importance and beauty, but which never gets old all the same. On the other hand, Peaches is famous musician, singer, and filmmaker. She has gained a reputation as one of today’s most provocative and glamorous pop star since the release of her album The Teaches of Peaches in 2000. Under the title Peaches Christ Superstar she staged Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical as a one-woman show, and later sang the lead part in a production of a Monteverdi opera. In 2012 she released her first full-length motion picture film Peaches Does Herself, and in 2015 she collaborated on the book of photographs What Else Is In the Teaches of Peaches. At the end of 2015, she released her highly acclaimed fifth studio album, Rub.
Although coming from different backgrounds, these two great artists have so many things in common. Both focus on the use of their own bodies in uncompromising, extreme, erotic, and sometimes humorous ways. Both masterfully transform their bodies into supra-individual characters using masks, costumes, and gestures. These transformations raise powerful questions relating to identity and stereotypes, sexuality and gender, the male gaze, and the perception of artists in our society. In their art, using different medium, Peaches and Cindy Sherman are actually dealing with similar subjects, moving the boundaries of our understandings of the notions of gender, identity and body. Finally, Peaches is one of the most prominent admirers of Cindy Sherman’s photographs.
As we mentioned, the event is taking place on the occasion of the exhibition Cindy Sherman – Works from the Olbricht Collection (on view until 10 April 2016). Peaches will join writer Florian Werner in a conversation on her fascination with Sherman’s work, the relationship between Peaches’ own art and Sherman’s photographs, as well as her new album. Florian Werner writes narrative nonfiction and prose, plays football on the German Authors’ National Team, and works in radio. Last year he published Schnecken. Ein Portrait (Matthes & Seitz 2015). Since 2010, me Collectors Room Berlin has been collaborating with the German Authors’ National Team and working with Florian Werner to organize readings and discussions related to exhibitions. The discussion will be in English, and will take place on February 10, 2016 at 7:30pm, at me Collectors Room Berlin/Olbricht Foundation (Auguststrasse 68, 10117 Berlin). Entry to the event that is entitled Peached Does Sherman, and to the exhibition costs €7, while you can book a place via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please, scroll down, and watch a very interesting talk about the exhibition.
Featured Image: Peaches (courtesy of thewildmagazine.com). All Images used for illustrative purposes only.