Double Barbershop Poles

 

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Double Barbershop Poles (Undisclosed Performance), Edition of 20 hand-printed and painted scarves, 20 performers. In exchange for a scarf, performers were asked to wear/display theirs twice in the museum – once at the exhibition's reception and once during a time of their choosing for a minimum visit of 15 minutes. This was not explained in museum didactics and was listed simply as Undisclosed Performance.
Asian Art Museum, Proximities 3: Import/Export, Dec 2013–Feb 2014, SF
Clockwise from top left: Jalen and Angela, group photo!, Binta, Susanna and Maysha, Ali, Robin, Hannah's feet, Erik and Ace's backsides.
Photo credit: Chris Fraser

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Installation view: Double Barbershop Poles (Masked, Unmasked, and Askew), Identity and Privilege Card, Expired, Double, and Bent
Photo credit: Chris Fraser

Proximities 3: Import/Export at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Dec 20, 2013 – Feb 23, 2014

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Installation view: Double Barbershop Poles (Masked, Unmasked, and Askew), Identity and Privilege Card, Expired, Double, and Bent
Photo credit: Chris Fraser

Proximities 3: Import/Export at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Dec 20, 2013 – Feb 23, 2014

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Installation view: Double, Two-channel video, televisions and kimchi pots (onggi); and Bent, Jumprope and ceramic hook
Photo credit: Chris Fraser

Proximities 3: Import/Export at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Dec 20, 2013 – Feb 23, 2014

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Double Barbershop Poles (Masked, Unmasked, and Askew), Screenprinted triptych on paper, 30x22" each; Identity and Privilege Card, Expired, Laminated, two-sided digital print on mirror shelf, 13x20"

Photo credit: Chris Fraser

Proximities 3: Import/Export at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Dec 20, 2013 – Feb 23, 2014

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Detail: Undisclosed Performance, Edition of 20 hand-printed and painted scarves, 20 performers. In exchange for a scarf, performers were asked to wear/display theirs twice in the museum – once at the exhibition's reception and once during a time of their choosing for a minimum visit of 15 minutes.

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Images from one of the performers. Undisclosed Performance, Edition of 20 hand-printed and painted scarves, 20 performers. In exchange for a scarf, performers were asked to wear/display theirs twice in the museum – once at the exhibition's reception and once during a time of their choosing for a minimum visit of 15 minutes.

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Video still from Double, two-channel video
2011 International Incheon Women's Biennale, Incheon, Korea

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Video still from Double, two-channel video
2011 International Incheon Women's Biennale, Incheon, Korea

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Installation view (L-R): Double, two-channel video, looped; Double Barbershop Poles (Masked, Unmasked, and Askew), Screenprinted triptych on paper, 30x22" each, edition of five; and Identity and Privilege Card, Expired, laminated, two-sided, digital print, 13x20"
2011 International Incheon Women's Biennale, Incheon, Korea

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Installation view (L-R): Rescreening of KBS's Cancelled "Daughters of Club Bilitis", video, 60 minute loop; Invitation, printed paper invitations to discuss queer (in)visibility; and Jumprope (Bend), plastic, string, and ceramic hook
2011 International Incheon Women's Biennale, Incheon, Korea

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Video still of Rescreening of KBS's Cancelled "Daughters of Club Bilitis", video, 60 minute loop
2011 International Incheon Women's Biennale, Incheon, Korea

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Invitation and Jumprope (Bend)
2011 International Incheon Women's Biennale, Incheon, Korea

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This work has been exhibited on two occasions:

Proximities 3: Import/Export at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA
Dec 20, 2013 – Feb 23, 2014
Curated by Glen Helfand

2011 International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale
Incheon, Korea
October 1 – 30, 2011
Curated by José Ruiz, Christopher Ho, and Heng Gil Han

 

From the Asian Art Museum wall text:

Curreri builds upon the time she spent on Yongsan Military Base in Seoul several years ago and presents an investigation of the use of twin barbershop poles surrounding the base. The poles, when in pairs, signal that sexual services are on offer – services heavily steeped in economies of military and power.  In her installation – which was first exhibited as part of the 2011 Incheon Women’s Biennale in Korea – the artist distills the notions and implications of this visual icon to capture the shifting of her own identity.

The image of the barbershop poles give-way to a series of undisclosed performances throughout the run of the exhibition. Acts such as these, driven by exposure and intimacy, are at the core of the artist’s practice alongside the duality of identity and sexuality.