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A multidisciplinary performative installation about the cosmetic role of the artist in the process of gentrification.

Using larger-than-life beauty tools we made a performance to draw metaphorical connections between the “beautification”of womens’ bodies using cosmetics and neighbourhood gentrification. This work addresses the role of artists, often cited by real estate speculators as “tastemakers” and “early-adopters”, in the transformation of cities into economically exclusive playgrounds for the bourgeoisie.

Invited by Art in Odd Places Festival, we performed the piece on the streets of a highly gentrified area in Manhattan, New York. The art objects were on display for a month at Westbeth Gallery, NYC and we are looking to perform Foundation in more cities around the world.

Curated by Katya Grokhovsky for Art in Odd Places (AiOP) 2018 Festival Exhibition BODY: Unseen/Reclaimed at Westbeth Gallery, NYC.

The Dutch group Questions Collective (…) use larger-than-life beauty tools to draw metaphorical connections between the “beautification” of womens’ bodies using cosmetics and neighborhood gentrification. The collective addresses the role of artists, often cited by real estate speculators as “tastemakers” and “early-adopters”, in the transformation of cities into economically exclusive playgrounds for the bourgeoisie.’

*Questions Collective also performed Foundation in Amsterdam Noord , October 2019.

Questions Collective is an Amsterdam based interdisciplinary female identifying collective. We combine our backgrounds in design, art, theatre, music and choreography in workshops, performances, exhibitions and theatre productions. Questions Collective creates performative installations grounded in a sincere occupation with social issues. Our stage is everyday life, where we create new realities. We don’t propose an alternative reality, but manifest it in daily life and real time. Our aim is questioning the status quo and effectuate true societal change to create a new world.

QC is: Flavia Faas, Julia Veldman c, Tessel Brühl, ROOSPEEE & Céline Talens

For more info: www.questionscollective.com

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