Join Porter Square Books and the Pierre Menard Gallery for a conversation with sculptor Heidi Hatry and Francine Miller, featuring readings from Diana George and Thryza Goodeve. Heads and Tales is a collaborative anthology featuring tales written by twenty-seven prominent and emerging authors and illustrated with "heads" by Heide Hatry. The portraits are photographic documentations of sculptures Hatry made out of animal skin and body parts. Hatry’s intention in the anthology is to make the photographic portraits as life-like as possible, vivid and sometimes disposed in positions suggesting movement. She uses untreated pigskin to cover her clay sculptures, adding raw meat for the lips and fresh pig eyes, in order that the resulting portrait appears as if a model is looking at the viewer with a vital expression, which the photographer has just captured. Hatry intended through her sculptures to provide springboards for stories, reminiscences or meditations on the lives of women. She asked a number of writers to select the image of one of her women and create a life for her. As the visual work addresses issues of violence, death and gender identity, the writing reflects similar concerns as they are specific to women, not necessarily from an obviously politically fraught or polemical perspective, but more typically resorting to fantasy, satire, irony and other subversive modes of presentation to disrupt the hegemony of the everyday and release the power of its horror. Heide Hatry is a visual artist and curator. She grew up in Germany, where she studied art at various art schools and art history at the University of Heidelberg. After she moved to NYC in 2003 she has curated several exhibitions in Germany, Spain and the USA (notably “Skin” at the Goethe Institut in New York, the Heidelberger Kunstverein and Galeria Tribeca in Madrid, Spain; “Out of the Box” at Elga Wimmer PCC in NYC, “Carolee Schneemann, Early and Recent Work, A Survey” at Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, MA and “Meat After Meat Joy” at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, NYC). She has shown her own work at museums and galleries in those countries as well and edited more than a dozen books and art catalogues. Kehrer Verlag published her book Skin in 2005. (booksense)
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