sui generis

by Dominique Baron-Bonarjee

07/06/2017 09:00 pm | @ Kunstkraftwerk

sui generis – adj. unique, [Latin, literally: of its own kind]

‘Sui generis’ invokes Gilles Deleuze’s ‘territorialization’ where humans have a need to define existence through the creation of ‘frames’ that capture, slow down and make sense of chaos according to Elizabeth Grosz. The title refers to the categorization of living beings and fossils in science (genus) and seeks to juxtapose the idea of a continuous creation of the self that eludes such categories. An installation of three monolithic costumes reveals and conceals bodies caught in a fantasy of becoming between form and formlessness.

credits, vitae
Concept, development and installation : Dominique Baron-Bonarjee
Performers : Dominique Baron-Bonarjee, Azzie McCutcheon, Akemi Nagao

Dominique is an artist based in London and Berlin. Through a multi-disciplinary approach she questions identity and how its’ structures determine our notion of self. Her current work is an ongoing inquiry into the body as ‘material’ and the body as ‘political’ object, both a malleable and resistant entity, affected and transformed by the spaces, temporalities and dynamics it encounters. Her process develops out of embodied research, with outcomes taking form as constellations of performances, films, drawings, texts. She has exhibited internationally and holds an MA from Central St Martin’s.