Women Appear (and sometimes they learn how to disappear)

performance / 1 hr installation or 20 min stage format available / 2017

Below: photographic self portraits by Julianne Chapple

Inspired by the well known John Berger quote ‘Men act, women appear,' this solo work takes place in an installation resembling a retro living room. Set to the greatest hits of 1972, the artist communicates with her guests via hand written notes, employing a movement score that utilizes muscular release and an open body position, defiantly repositioning these historically sexualized physicalities towards empowerment.

This project began as a photographic exploration of self portraiture supported by the Shooting Gallery Performance Series, and has since expanded into a complex examination of images of women and one performer's conflicted desire to take control of her audience's perceptions. 

Premiered at Visualeyez Festival of Performance Art, Latitude 53, Edmonton, September 2017

Written response by Michael Woolley: http://www.visualeyez.org/2017/11/13/julianne-chapple-women-appear-and-sometimes-they-learn-how-to-disappear/

Above: photographic documentation of performance at Latitude 53 shot by Adam Waldron-Blain, September 2017
Bottom Left: excerpt of stage version, Shooting Gallery Performance Series shot by Benny Schutze, November 2016
Bottom Right: Excerpts of installation version, Visualeyez Festival of Performance Art, shot by Sandra D, Sepetember 2017