Embracing The FARB: Modes of Reenactment


Homeland of Gestures, video stills, Kirsten Leenaars, 2012

Thursday November 15, 2012 5-8pm
Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash AVE
Exhibition Dates: November 15, 2012 – February 9, 2013

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibition Embracing the FARB: Modes of Reenactment.

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 achieve historical accuracy. Authenticity is an important and frequent topic of conversation in historical reenactment and a topic that artists in this exhibition also engage. In an artistic practice, however, 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.

Artists include: Lori Felker, Kirsten Leenaars, Heather Mekkelson, Steve Nyktas, and Jefferson Pinder.

Curated by: Julie Rudder.

photo credit: Julie Rudder