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Tit for Twat: The Release

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Kaucyila Brooke

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November 6 – 20\, 2010

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Reception: Saturday\, November 6\, 12 – 5pm

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Tit for Twat: The Release is an indirect response to t he recent censorship of the work at the Bucharest Biennale in 2010. Rather than keeping it out of the public eye\, the removal of Tit for Twat by The Geology Institute’s director inadvertently made it all the more pert inent to the current social climate. The work de-centers notions of innovat ion and origins in history\, creationism\, science\, and material culture. Tit for Twat actively re-imagines and re-inscribes universalized sys tems of knowledge that go unchallenged.

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Tit for Twat (1993 ongoing) addresses the biblical presumption of heterosexuali ty and its relationship to other theories of origins. It engages with the e arly 1990’s “trash TV” that assumed “if God had wanted homosexuality it wou ld have been ‘Adam and Steve’” (or\, as Brooke would add “Madam and Eve”)\, and explores the implications of this assumption reset to the creation myt h.

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Madam and Eve are interrupted and provoked amids t their own originary narrative by questions from television hosts: Oprah\, Geraldo\, Donahue\, Sally Jessie\, and others. The so-called original gard en is the site of contested ground about human nature and sexuality. Tit for Twat is a three-part openly structured photomontage designed for e xhibition and publication of its chapters (Madam and Eve in the Garden\, Can We Talk? and It’s Not about Shame! Accessorize!).

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Tit for Twat has been shown primarily at Europ ean Venues. The exhibition at Commonwealth &\; Council will showcase the promotional materials (posters\, t-shirts\, and the photo novella) to rela unch and release Tit for Twat in the United States.

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Kaucyila Brooke is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her solo exhibit ions include Silberkuppe\, Berlin\; Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation\, Cologne\; Galerie Andreas Huber\, Vienna\; Andersen-s Contemporary\, Copenhagen\; NAK \, Aachen\, Germany\; platform\, Berlin\; and Michael Dawson Gallery\, Los Angeles.  Recent group exhibitions include Kunsthalle Bergan\, Norway\; Cen tre Dàrt Passerelle\, Brest\, France\; Galician Center for Contemporary Art \, Santiago de Compostela\, Spain\; Munich Kunstverein\, Munich\; Wattis Co ntemporary Art\, San Francisco\; Museum Ludwig\, Cologne\; The Generali Fou ndation\, Vienna\; MUMOK\, Vienna\; and the Berlin Biennale 3\, Berlin.

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Commonwealth &\; Council is open Saturdays from 12 to 5PM and by appointment.

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