Embracing the Farb: Modes of Reenactment

An exhibition I’m curating, opening at Glass Curtain Gallery in November 15, 2012.

Farb is a derogatory term used in the community of historical reenactment to describe the least authentic of reenactors - someone who is not concerned with or fails to achievehistorical  accuracy. Authenticity is an important and frequent topic of conversation in historical reenactment and a topic that artists in this exhibition also engage. But perhaps in an artistic practice, farb is not such a dirty word. Embracing the Farb:  Modes of Reenactment explores how artists have impulses and motives similar to reenactors, yet in their work, embrace the entire continuum of authenticity. The exhibition seeks to expand our understanding of reenactment by compelling us to think about alternate, or related strategies that artists employ through elements such as setting and context, costume, play, archetypes, story, performance and history.  

The exhibition includes Lori Felker, Kirsten Leenaars, Heather Mekkelson, Steve Nyktas, and Jefferson Pinder.

Embracing the Farb: Modes of Reenactment

An exhibition I’m curating, opening at Glass Curtain Gallery in November 15, 2012.

Farb is a derogatory term used in the community of historical reenactment to describe the least authentic of reenactors - someone who is not concerned with or fails to achievehistorical  accuracy. Authenticity is an important and frequent topic of conversation in historical reenactment and a topic that artists in this exhibition also engage. But perhaps in an artistic practice, farb is not such a dirty word. Embracing the Farb:  Modes of Reenactment explores how artists have impulses and motives similar to reenactors, yet in their work, embrace the entire continuum of authenticity. The exhibition seeks to expand our understanding of reenactment by compelling us to think about alternate, or related strategies that artists employ through elements such as setting and context, costume, play, archetypes, story, performance and history.  

The exhibition includes Lori Felker, Kirsten Leenaars, Heather Mekkelson, Steve Nyktas, and Jefferson Pinder.

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