Project Description

Hat on Hook

Artist: Jessica Mitrani | Curator: Summer Guthery
December 7th, 2013 – December 29th, 2013

Jessica Mitrani’s single shoes belong to the realm of the everyday, coupling the fetishistic with the domestic. Each is patterned after a classic style, associated with a particular stereotype of femininity: the white baby shoe; the young girl’s Mary Jane; the sensible brown pump; the two-toned Chanel ballet flat; the nurse’s shoe; the stiletto; the Vivienne Westwood platform. Via their transformation from pair to solitary shoe, the shoes playfully expose and subvert the contexts of cliche fashions and the fears and desires they represent: foot binding and s/m bondage, helplessness and dominance, seduction and abuse. In a single shoe, these concepts conjoin.

About the artist

Jessica Mitrani is a visual artist, writer, theater director and filmmaker.  Her work has been exhibited at venues internationally, including Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris; Hors Pistes Festival at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; White Columns Gallery, New York; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Museum of Modern Art Bogotá; and MACRO Museum in Rome, among others; and has been featured in numerous film festivals and programs such as Women in the Director’s Chair in Chicago; Women Make Movies in New York; in competition in the 47 Oberhaussen Short Film Festival in Germany; and broadcast on the television networks SBS in Australia and ARTE-WDR in France and Germany. She won the MK2 cinemas Grand Prix 2012 award for her video Headpieces for Peace at  ASVOFF5 held at the Pompidou center this past November.

About Hat On Hook

Hat On Hook is a 6′ x 8′ gallery located within Disjecta that is dedicated to showing single objects at a time in a looser timeframe than the main galleries.  These works will range from contemporary objects and art video to archival items.  The intention of the space is to allow for a complication, expansion, rebuttal or insight into ideas running through the larger exhibitions –  although sometimes they will exist completely independently.  Many of the objects were chosen based on their need for a more intimate, closer viewing that would be impossible in a group or larger exhibition.   The title of the room comes from it being the size of a closet, a place where a resident curator can hang her hat and the act of exposing your head.