Folles de leur corps // Crazy About Their Bodies // Sharon Kivland
Published on the occasion of Sharon Kivland's installation Entitled Folles de leur corps / Crazy About Their Bodies at Southwark Park Galleries in 2014.
In a footnote in Capital, chapter 2: The Process of Exchange, Karl Marx writes, ‘In the twelfth century [...], very delicate things often appear among these commodities. Thus a French poet [Guillot de Paris] of the period enumerates among the commodities to be found in the fair of Lendit, alongside clothing, shoes, leather, implements of cultivation, skins, etc., also “femmes folles de leur corps”.’ The English translator translates this as ‘wanton women’ Kivland would rather translate it as ‘women crazy about their bodies’, as she arranges and rearranges old and new works, addressing moments of revolution/social change, read in fashion's detail.
Kivland’s work investigates how our lives are governed by systems of order that complement, overlap and contradict one another while undergoing periods of change continually.
Published by MA Bibliothèque, 2014, softcover, 93 pages, 17.5cm x 11.5cm