Salon de Tomb: The Salon/Library as a Portrait
by Yael Davids

The presentation opens up and exposes the salon/library as a collection of resonant bodies. Davids asks: “How does one record one’s library? Where does the process of creating a library resonate? How does one embody/gather one’s own assemblage of voices through gesture, movement, and text?”

The public presentation is conducted with the students of Elective Affinities who participated in a preceding three-day seminar and follows the first session of the public seminar Sovereign Bodies: A New History of Sexuality in Three Chapters by Paul B. Preciado.

Yael Davids was born in the kibbutz Tzuba, Jerusalem, Israel in 1968. Davids studied Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Sculpture at the Pratt Institute in New York, and Choreography and Dance Pedagogy at the Remscheid Akademie. Solo exhibitions and performances include La distance entre V et W, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris, 2015; Gesture in Diaspora, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, 2015; Ending with Glass, Kunsthalle Basel, 2011. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

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A Reading That Loves—A Physical Act

by Yael Davids

Yael Davids’ assembly of materials that is activated during this daily performance, departs from her interest in the Expressionist painter Cornelia Gurlitt, among other marginalized female figures.