Galerie Emanuel Layr Rome is pleased to present My Epidemic (Teaching Bjarne Melgaard’s Class), a solo show by Lili Reynaud-Dewar.
This installation of works was first shown at Audain Gallery, Vancouver in 2015, then at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland and at Museo El Eco, Mexico in 2017. The presented project follows the project My Epidemic (small modest bad blood opera) that Lili Reynaud-Dewar produced for All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. They are both part of the more global project My Epidemic – an iteration of artworks, texts, seminars and exhibitions in which she quotes and edits numerous texts influenced by AIDS and its impact on bodies and culture. This body of work performs the virality of artistic, intellectual and social life, by circulating between discourses of epidemiology, collective action, artistic production and identity formation.
Lili Reynaud-Dewar uses a range of media such as textiles, sculpture, text, performance and video to create environments in which she examines how gestures of vulnerability and concealment catalyse both exploitation and empowerment. Her practice considers the historical, social and economic construction of the institutions she produces in and her works expose how these spaces privately and publicly codify bodies and experiences. Reynaud-Dewar works towards mutability, circulation and synthesis through performing her own personal history alongside the legacies of transgressive cultural figures of the twentieth century, such as Cosey Fanni Tutti, Josephine Baker and Guillaume Dustan.