We Break Down Ourselves, 2012

 

Krista Dragomer: wearable sculpture and photo background construction

Kathy Dragomer: sculptural objects

Rashin Fahandej: photographs

Beatrice Marovich: text

The title of this 4-way collaboration comes from a line in Rainer Maria Rilke’s eighth “Duino Elegy”: "It fills us. We arrange it. It breaks down. We rearrange it, then break down ourselves." -Rainer Maria Rilke

We Break Down Ourselves evokes the strains of a future nostalgia that clings with evangelical fervor to the waste products and animal remains of a mythical past --the current present-- where biodiversity and limitless forms of object production are still living realities. Here, as has been the case so many times in the past, the female body becomes the site on which these holy objects of strange desire are ritualized, revealed, discarded, and cast off.

 

Images by Krista Dragomer and Rashin Fahandej, text by Beatrice Marovich.

Images by Krista Dragomer and Rashin Fahandej, text by Beatrice Marovich.

Installation view of  We Break Down Ourselves  in the exhibition of "Future Migrations" at Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn New York.

Installation view of We Break Down Ourselves in the exhibition of "Future Migrations" at Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn New York.

Detail of sculptural images by Kathy Dragomer.

Detail of sculptural images by Kathy Dragomer.