The catalogue of the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.
At the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, artist duo Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz will transform the Swiss Pavilion into a vast immersive installation; entitled Moving Backwards, the project explores, in a time of massive withdrawal, resistance practices, combining guerrilla techniques, postmodern choreography and urban dance, as well as elements of queer underground culture. Since the beginning of their collaboration in 2007, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz have been continuously reflecting on the visibility and the existence of the other beyond the binarisms and categories that define our identities. Through filming and staging their performances in installations, the artist duo seeks to reveal what, in the constructed and composite character of identities, can undo our stereotypical representations in order to consider new relationships and to invent new modes of coexistence.
The exhibition reflects on the current political situation, characterised by its regressive and reactionary forces of closure towards the other and towards difference. Faced with the scale of this recent backlash, the artists, instead of practicing an outright opposition, suggest “backward movements,” as a potential tool for producing alternative forms of resistance and action.