DORA MAURER [Properties, 1979]

Dora Maurer is one of the major figures in the Hungarian art scene since the 1970s, both through her art and her influence as a professor of the Hungarian Fine Arts Academy. She was also one of the pioneers of feminist body and performance art in Hungary and gaining her popularity worldwide in 1970s. 

In her analysis of the medial image of photography and video, Dora Maurer’s mise-en-scènes negotiate the processes involved in perception, construction of reality and subversion of gender norms. Using the length of her body as a basic measurement, she draws evenly spaced black lines on a rolled out strip of paper, creating a kind of grid on the surface. She then performs minimalist actions on the equally sized squares. She starts over and over again, performing different choreographed movements on the white strip of paper while comparing the proportions of her hands, arms, feet and body. Her body measurements take on a strictly serial nature and are structured through the repetitive movements and the segments of individual image sequences on paper. 

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