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Monica Ross: Valentine


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Monica Ross Valentine

This publication was selected to go in Drawing Room’s bookshop as part of the 2024 exhibition The Time of Our Lives – Drawing Room

Valentine is a text based work arising out of explorations that fuelled artist Monica Ross’ performances in the 1990s. But Valentine is not only a series of performance texts; it is also a sequence of overlapping moments where temporalities interweave and are retraced through a commitment that is re-routed through, underneath and over Raphael’s Sistine Madonna. Valentine speaks of twentieth century European events, proving indexically bound to ongoing struggles such as the Balkans, the “liberation” of Eastern Europe, sexual politics, and against cultural effacement by the commodification of the work. What remains is a work, neither theory, nor fiction or poetry as such, but one which points and prods, enticing you through a succession of female desires – that of the Madonna, that of Ida Brauer “Dora”, and ultimately that of the author, Monica Ross.“ From the preface by Lisa Panting.

Publisher: Milch

Dimensions: 12 x 18.5 x 1 cm

Pages: 80 pages



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