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‘Double Portraits’ renders homage to Ana Mendieta’s 1972 ‘Untitled (Facial Hair Transplants)’
“In ‘Untitled (Facial Hair Transplants),’ Ana Mendieta activated a cultural conception of the body. By gluing her friend’s beard onto her (female) face, she highlighted the fact that sexual classifications are social conventions that frame and overdetermine sexualities. By staging a mutant sexual identification, the artist problematized those classifications and disrupted the normative models of beauty by which society operates, differentiating between the feminine and the masculine.” (Brooklyn Museum – Brooklyn, NY)
Based on religious sticker stamps, which I bought in the church shop of the ‘Monastery of the Magnificat of the Mother of God’ in Quebec, I create portraits of contemporary icons. Seated at a lemonade stand, I invite bystanders to witness the stamp transformations and give the public the opportunity to buy the original stickers and new icons for 25 cents each.
When people buy four stickers, they receive a unique photocopied collector sheet for free. As of yet, I have sold 1256 stickers.