Meat Joy to Golden Lions: Carolee Schneemann

BY Katrina Kufer / Apr 18 2017 / 15:33 PM

The American artist receives the prestigious Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award

Meat Joy to Golden Lions: Carolee Schneemann
© Carolee Schneemann / Erró
Eye Body: 36 Transformative Actions for Camera, December 1963.

The 57th edition of the Venice Biennale has announced that Carolee Schneemann, recognised for her contentious feminist performance works from the 1960s, has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award.

Schneemann is arguably best known for Interior Scroll (1975), a performance where she extracted a text from within herself while reading it aloud. She was nominated by the current biennale curator, Christine Macel, who said of her choice “She is one of the most important figures in the development of performance and body art.”
An artist who transformed the conception of art in relation to the body, sexuality and gender, Schneemann’s oft-autobiographical use of the nude form as a primal, archaic force champions the female gender and, continued Macel, “examines the possibilities of political and personal emancipation from predominant social and aesthetic conventions.”
Schneemann will receive the award on 13 May at Ca’ Giustinian during the awards and opening ceremony of the 57th biennale in recognition of her re-direction of the male-oriented gaze in the art world’s past, present and future.
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