Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz produce film installations that revisit historical moments, often unrepresented or illegible queer histories, and with a particular interest in a critical history of the photographic and moving image itself.
Their most recent work To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe, In Recognition of their Desperation (2013) is based on the eponymous 1970 score by avant-garde feminist composer Pauline Oliveros, filmed in Funkhaus Nalepastraße, the former GDR Radio studios in Berlin, and featuring performances from the musicians Rachel Aggs, Peaches, Catriona Shaw, Verity Susman, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, William Wheeler. The work had its premiere exhibition as part of their solo show Patriarchal Poetry at Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe in Autumn 2013 and was shown at Museum of Modern Art, New York, in a special event with the artists, Oliveros and Gregg Bordowitz in May 2014.
Previous works include Toxic (2012), with performances by Werner Hirsch and Ginger Brooks Takahashi, commissioned for Intense Proximity, La Triennale, 2012; No Future, No Past, commissioned by Andrea Thal for the Swiss off-site project, Chewing The Scenery, Venice Biennale, 2011; Charming for the Revolution, 2009; Normal Work, 2007.
Recent retrospectives and solo exhibitions have included Aftershow, CAPC, Bordeaux, 2013; Toxic Play in Two Acts, South London Gallery, 2012; Contagieux! Rapports contre la normalité, Centre d´Art Contemporain, Geneve, 2011.
They are represented by Ellen de Bruijn, Amsterdam and Marcelle Alix, Paris.
Their work has been written about by writers and critics including Gregg Bordowitz, Antke Engel and Mathias Danbolt. Their most recent catalogue, Temporal Drag, was published by Hatje Cantz in 2011.
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow