Maryam Jafri and Alex Villar

2 April–2 May 2004
Opening Friday 2 April

Signal continues its spring season with the exhibition Tropes and Tresholds by New York based artists Maryam Jafri and Alex Villar. This exhibition will bring together for the first time the video work of two artists whose practices both intersect and collide.

Jafri focuses on questions of gender and language whereas Villar interrogates spatial structures that influence everday behaviour. Jafri´s stagings of the psyche, elaborating on gender identity, the relation between speech and thought, counterpose Villar´s incongruent positioning of the body in situations that expose the instrumental logic in the design of public spaces. A substantial commonality is perceived in the tactical use of performative strategies which question the regulating codes dominant in contemporary society.