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Click to enlargeMARIJKE DE ROOVER
Jul 3 - 25, 2020
Arcade is pleased to present the 1st solo exhibition in the UK where Marijke De Roover will present a stripped down ‘unplugged’ version of the recent operatic work Live, Laugh, Limerence commissioned by the David Roberts Art Foundation, which premiered at the Ministry of Sound evening of performances in October 2019.
Through her operatic performance Live, Laugh, Limerence, the artist questions the impact of how we culturally choreograph and organise the performance of love through heteronormative structures; the clichés of rom-coms, musical theatre, opera, karaoke and Disney. This exhibition features works from the recent series of ‘memes’ alongside the video version of Live, Laugh, Limerence.
Songs often attempt to describe how we feel when we’re in love, but in the describing, they are also prescribing; telling us how we should feel, creating norms we can compare to our own experiences. Opera specifically is filled with tales of violence; great passions tragically predetermined by social inequalities. These are usually crueller and more exclusionary towards women and other minorities, who occupy symbolically weaker positions.
The ‘Tragic Heroine’ is one of the key figures in the construction of heterosexual erotic desire. Her fatal flaws were her attraction to catastrophe, and her fidelity in (heterosexual) love. As a result of the suppression of real women, this cultural trope emerged as a patriarchal representation of the gender, and it was this fictional ‘woman’ who appeared on stage, suppressing the experiences, stories, feelings and fantasies of actual women. De Roover is interested in subverting this, and presenting a new kind of love, unprecedented in contemporary popular culture.


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