Adina Pintilie. You Are Another Me. A Cathedral of the Body

Adina Pintilie, You Are Another Me. A Cathedral of the Body. Courtesy of the artist and Manekino Cultural Association. Director of photography: George Chiper, Lillemark.

October 28, 2023 – January 14, 2024
The exhibition You Are Another Me. A Cathedral of the Body marks the latest stage of Adina Pintilie’s multi-platform research on the politics and poetics of intimacy and the body. Through different artistic languages and mediums—including installation, cinema, sculpture, and performance—her long-term, trans-disciplinary inquiry explores notions of how we relate to our own bodies and those of others.
While contributing to the current conversations towards reassessing the normative in gender, sexuality, bodily ability and diversity, Pintilie’s distinctive perspective is conveyed through her singular visual cosmos and aesthetics as well as through a seductive rethinking of the power of the moving image and its politics of the gaze. Emerging from her personal experiences and nurtured by long-term collaboration with her protagonists, and a collective experimentation with techniques of therapeutic and bodywork practices, the artist’s idiosyncratic methodology explores the central role of intimacy in everyday life.
Pintilie’s research unfolds through an interconnected series of works, initiated with her feature film Touch Me Not—winner of the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale and acclaimed worldwide for its boundary-pushing language and aesthetics—and continuing with the evolving project You Are Another Me—A Cathedral of the Body, originally conceived for the Romanian Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022.
The exhibition in Stuttgart, considerably re-arranged and extended for the WKV, marks the project’s German premiere as well as its next stage, unveiling, for the first time, Pintilie’s new performative-cinematic installation Waffenstillstand (Weapons Standing Still). Within the premises of an exhibition space, the work reenacts the filmic apparatus situated at the core of Pintilie’s practice, the alchemical space in which reality and cinema merge and the moving images come into being. During the exhibition opening, this new work is activated through a two-and-a-half hour long live performance. Here, the main protagonists of You Are Another Me, together with Pintilie and her team, invite the audience in Stuttgart to witness (and become participants in) their filming process, referred to by the artist as the process of “emotional incubation”.
Amidst the world-wide resurgence of normative ideologies as well as growing polarities between people and between belief systems, Pintilie reimagines a space of togetherness beyond borders and binaries, and places our connection to the bodies of others and to our own at the center of our personal and political lives.
Cosmin Costinas, Viktor Neumann

An exhibition by
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Coproduced by
MANEKINO FILM und ihre Partner*innen / and their partners Amerikafilm, Gaijin, KGP Filmproduktion, PINK

Funded by
The Power of the Arts
Rudolf Augstein Stiftung
Wüstenrot Stiftung
LBBW Stiftung
Kulturamt der Stadt Stuttgart
Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst des Landes Baden-Württemberg

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