Mika Rottenberg
July 16, 2008, 4:45 am
Filed under: ART, FILM | Tags: , , , ,

If you had a chance to go the Whitney Biennial this year, you probably saw Mika Rottenberg’s aH-mazing installation called “Cheese,” which was comprised of a large wooden barn-like structure with videos installed in the “pens” and “coops” of the barn. It was inspired by the lives of these Canadian sisters from the early 1900s who had super long hair and brilliantly marketed a magical tonic that supposedly made one’s hair grow as long as their’s. Anyway, as much as I love that installation and all of its dreamy, surrealist naturalism (did I just make that up a new genre?), my favorite video that she’s done is this one, called “Dough.” Rottenberg focuses on women’s bodies as mechanisms for production, calling into question labor value and the body, and all of that good stuff. It’s Marx meets Suess. Like, duh. HALEY

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