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Echoing Michael Warner and Laurent Berlant’s claim that “there is nothing more public than privacy,” artists Lasse Lau (DK) and Flo Maak (DE) bring queer struggle into the domestic sphere of the kitchen.

Centering on the performative act of making and un-making, Maak and Lau question how the interior space of the kitchen and our everyday lives ultimately become places in which policies are enacted. Leading up to this installation, Maak and Lau also conducted extensive research at The GLBT Historical Society on among other the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots, the first recorded transgender riot in the United States, which serves as a key inspiration and pillar for the exhibition.

Technologies of the Kitchen is the culmination of Maak and Lau’s artist residency at Pro Arts. During their residency, the artists will create a series of silkscreen prints onto ceramic plates and conduct interviews with artists, academics and activists to continue their ongoing research of queer struggle in contemporary society. 

RELATED PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

Artists Talk: Queer Geographies, Thursday, January 19, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Opening Reception: Friday, February 3, 6:00 – 9:00pm

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Flo Maak (b. 1980, Fulda, Germany) attended HfbK Staedelschule (2001- 2009), majoring in Fine Art. He also studied Visual Arts at Cooper Union (2007) in New York City. Selected solo exhibitions include “Nichts tun wie ein Biest” at Bielefelder Kunstverein (2009), “Trompe-l’eil Polizei” in cooperation with Free Class Frankfurt at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2008), “soft skills” at haus nummer 11 in Frankfurt (2007), “silent specters” at JET in Berlin (2006), and “Untitled” at Nomaden Oase in Hamburg. Selected group exhibitions include “I Animal! (You Human)” at Perla Mode in Zurich (2010), “Lyst” at Overgaden in Copenhagen (2009), “Dear Anus” at VBKO in Vienna (2008), and “Werkbund e. V.” at Hessische Landesvertretung in Berlin.

Lasse Lau (b. 1974, Sønderborg, Denmark) is a filmmaker and performance artist who currently lives and works in New York. His films and performances deal with socio-economic issues, the negotiation of conflicts and the notion of space through the language of film and performance. Lau seeks to utilize aesthetics as a framework that can open dialogical paths. He has exhibited in a wide range of museums and galleries including Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, Germany), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany), Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark), Brandts Klædefabrik (Odense, Denmark), Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia), the Turin Biennial of Contemporary Art (Turin, Italy), Contemporary Museum (Baltimore, USA) and MoMA PS1 (New York, USA). Lau is the co-founder and long time board member of Kran Film Collective and was a member of the Editorial Selection Board at The Danish Film Institute Video Workshop 2001-02. He studied at the Media Art Department at Funen Art Academy (Odense, Denmark), at the Hochschule der Künste (Berlin, Germany) and at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (New York, USA).

*Flo Maak and Lasse Lau’s Residency and Exhibition at Pro Arts is made possible with a generous grant by the Danish Arts Foundation (DK).

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INSTALLATION IMAGES:

Lasse Lau & Flo Maak: Technologies of the Kitchen