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Program

Nov 24, 2019 6:00 PM - Jan 31, 2020

Exhibition: Lukáš Hofmann: Skin come leather

Allergy, eczema, itches and scratches as our hyperactive immune systems throw a fit. Porous skin bordering between a self and the world, its cells spreading and turning to dust. Lukas Hofmann presents Skin Come Leather.

 

OPENING NIGHT: November 24, 6PM at Art in General

ON VIEW: November 24, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Exhibition at Art in General
145 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

In an allergic reaction, a self-deterrent, over-protective body chooses to consume itself. It sends out histamines in an effort to cope with itself and responds xenophobically to the environment around it. Skin is a permeable border and such failures of a hypersensitive immune system can be freely transposed onto wider societal issues.

Skin has become an autobiographic theme for Lukas Hofmann, himself suffering from dry eczematic skin condition. The act examines allergy as a process of self-sabotage, dry peeled skin as a motor of restorative power. The performance constitutes a loose allegory of biological xenophobia but also individual - but widespread - forms of anxiety. The theme of body cell replacement offers scope for exploring alternatives to such sentiments.

The title of Hofmann’s work, Skin Come Leather, finds source in the liminal occurrence when an animal creature undergoes a rather rudimentary process of having fat and hairs removed, being stored in salt, undergoing chrome treatment rendering its skin blue, then being re-colored and given its "natural" look.

 



Venue:

Art In General, 145 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Date

From: Nov 24, 2019 6:00 PM
To: Jan 31, 2020

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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