Throbbing Gristle Promo Card A, 1980 © Courtesy of Cosey Fanni Tutti and Cabinet, London
‘A STUDY IN SCARLET’ AT THE FRAC ILE DE FRANCE
By Alice Butterlin
Known for her leading role in the experimental music group Throbbing Gristle and electronic duo Chris & Cosey, Cosey Fanni Tutti has also led an interesting artistic practice, using her body and its representations to break taboos of female sexuality. Liberated and unconstrained, she lingers on the world of pornographic photography that she infiltrates under different lenses. Feminist gestures or simple curious explorations, these photos invite themselves, without modesty, in every corner of her body. Delivering enthralling performances since the 1970s (alone or with COUM Transmissions alongside Genesis P-Orridge), the transverse artist defies morality and what is considered acceptable for a woman. Today, the frac Ile de France decides to pay tribute to her with a collective exhibition, a reflection on Cosey Fanni Tutti’s work from different angles and approaches. With artists such as Lynda Benglis, Vaginal Davis, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Amalia Ulman or Karen Finley, the gestures will be multiple and will cross several eras, with a view to transgressing the norms of gender and sexuality.
The exhibition runs from May 17th through July 22nd. Find more information here.
Photo: Throbbing Gristle Promo Card A, 1980 © Courtesy of Cosey Fanni Tutti and Cabinet, London