在《奧蘭多》(Orlando)翻拍成電影版的近30年後,當初的電影主角Tilda Swinton,與The Aperture基金會合作,舉辦同名展覽,探索這本文學經典在2019年的當代脈絡與意義。

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英國文學家維吉尼亞吳爾芙(Virginia Woolf)在1928年出版的文學小說《奧蘭多》(Orlando)中,講述了一個奇幻又偏鋒的故事,在當代視角看來,仍然相當前衛。這是一位英國的年輕貴族活過數百年的時間,從伊莉莎白王朝橫跨到20世紀,期間也不斷轉換著性別的故事,也是文學史上重要的性別研究題材。1992年由英國導演重新改編成電影《美麗佳人歐蘭朵》,由擁有著中性與仙氣兼具的Tilda Swinton飾演,至今依然是影壇經典。

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紐約非營利藝術基金會The Aperture Foundation,致力於推廣攝影藝術,這次邀請Tilda Swinton擔任雜誌《Aperture》的2019夏季刊客座編輯,她更身兼策展人,為該基金會旗下的Aperture Gallery策劃展覽《Orlando》,呼應當今社會盛行的性別議題,這不僅僅是對所有勇於打破界限的人們致敬,更是為勇敢展露獨到人生觀點的藝術家們由衷慶祝。

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For the latest issue of Aperture, guest editor Tilda Swinton invited a group of artists and writers to make work inspired by Virginia Woolf’s pioneering 1928 novel “Orlando.” . In “Orlando,” Woolf tells the tale of a young nobleman in the age of Queen Elizabeth I who lives for centuries—and along the way mysteriously shifts gender, a point that is radically rendered as a nonevent. Now, Swinton calls upon Woolf’s central themes—curiosity, transformation, and the deep perspective that is earned from a long life—and connects them to our present day. In a look behind the scenes, Swinton notes, “this issue of Aperture will be a salute to limitlessness, and a heartfelt celebration of the fully inclusive and expansive vision of life exemplified by the extraordinary artists collected here.” Read more at aperutre.org/blog . Pre-order the issue now through our link in bio. And visit “Orlando,” an exhibition guest curated by Tilda Swinton, opening on May 24 at Aperture Gallery in New York. . Cover: Vivane Sassen (@vivianesassenstudio), from the series “Venus & Mercury,” 2019. Courtesy the artist and Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Sculpture belongs to Musée du Louvre, Paris, and Château de Versailles, France #ApertureMagazine

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與其說這是一個講述性別的展覽,定義為打破既定框架,也許會更貼切一些。Tilda Swinton在展覽的序言中寫道:「⋯⋯吳爾芙在這本《奧蘭多》中,對人類存在的游移天性,展現出慶祝的正面態度。她相信一個有創意的自由心靈,是不分雌雄的。」接著更寫道:「在我看來,奧蘭多這個故事,探討的是生活,是人類從傳統二元性別思考或社會既有規範中跳脫,並爭取完全解放的歷程。」一個充分覺醒與覺知的心靈所具有的深刻韌性,才是她想透過這場展覽表達的。

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“How could one such fable inspire in the depths of so many disparate creative souls the sense of it being their own biography? How could one size fit all in such a way? Maybe Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’ is, indeed, a magic carpet of a book. It can transport so many of us so profoundly into the heart of our experience of living life again and again and again: an enchanted mirror in which to see oneself. A book about agelessness that honors our every age. And now, within this issue’s panoply of colors and tastes and imaginings, I see, afresh, once more, ‘Orlando’ as a story about the life of a human striving to become liberated entirely from the constructs of gender or social norms.” —Tilda Swinton . For the latest issue of Aperture, guest editor Tilda Swinton invited a group of artists and writers to make work inspired by Virginia Woolf’s pioneering 1928 novel “Orlando.” This weekend, we’ll be featuring work from the issue, which is available now to order through the link in bio. . Production image made by director Sally Potter to help secure funding for the film “Orlando,” spring 1988; courtesy the artist

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此次雜誌和展覽雙計畫,邀請許多以性別議題著稱的攝影師,如Lynn Hershman Leeson,其最著名的,莫過於70年代的創作計畫《Roberta Breitmore》,她設計並親自扮演一個全新人格,並以這個人格開啟新生活,租房、開銀行帳戶、看心理醫師,從中觀察在當下時空與自我身份的化學變化。跨性別藝術家Zackary Drucker,以多媒體藝術見長,此次提供的作品,則拍攝了跨性別社運家Blumenstein,將之比做波提伽利筆下的維納斯,探索女性內在潛藏的二元性以及誘惑美。

Photo/ Lynn Hershman Leeson, Rowlands/Bogart, 1982
Photo/ Zackary Drucker, Rosalyne, 2019

此外,其中更有數個為此企劃特別推出的創作,Mickalene Thomas提供了生動的肖像攝影作品,畫面中的人物配上誇張荒謬的裝扮,間或裝飾著夢幻的單品,予人如夢似幻,真假、雌雄難辨的感受,畫面中的人也許是一個非裔女性的愛人,也可能深愛著男人。Viviane Sassen的《Venus & Mercury》系列,則深入研究凡爾賽宮,與《奧蘭多》中所描述的歐洲宮廷場景遙相呼應。其餘如Walter Pfeiffer、Paul Mpagi Sepuya、 Elle Pérez、Jamal Nxedlana⋯⋯等藝術家,也都各自以獨特視角,重新與這個經典文學名著展開對話。

Photo/ Mickalene Thomas Untitled #3 (Orlando Series), 2019
Photo/ Viviane Sassen Venus & Mercury, 2019

《Orlando》

時間:5月24日~7月11日

地點:紐約Aperture Gallery

官網:https://aperture.org/

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