Rebecca Hobbs and Kate Walker are included in CORPS, an exhibition of video works by 12 international artists running from 9 March to 1 June 2024, at the Espace Culturel François Mitterrand, in Périgueux, France.
A recurring motif in the history of art, the body is at the heart of much of contemporary practice. As a support, material or subject, for artists, the body is a lens through which to question societal, social and political issues.
CORPS (from the French word for the body) is curated by artist and independent curator Marie-Pierre Bonniol, and brings together works that draw on the body, its limits and powers, its transformations and its mystery. The exhibition is primarily aimed at younger audiences (ages 7 and over) and investigates the body in a broad sense through videos that touch on dancehall, hula hooping, a string quartet and other forms of sonic, haptic and physical activity.
The programme includes:
Rebecca Ann Hobbs, 246 meter bridge (2010), in which the artist measures a 246-meter bridge with whines, pops, and rolls. From a series of video works shot in South Auckland spaces, influenced by dancehall culture.
Kate Walker, HooP (2010), a work about bodily physicality and visual spectacle that depicts a mass hula hooping event performed by members of the LGBT community in Nelson, Aotearoa.