Young Girl Reading Group (Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė)
Young Girl Reading Group is an artist duo founded in 2013 by Dorota Gawęda (PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (LT), living in Basel and Athens. They have previously exhibited their work at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London; Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin; Kunsthalle Basel; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; SMK-National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; SALTS, Basel; Berlin Biennale 9; CCS Bard, New York; Kunsthalle Zurich; and Le Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, among others.
For the Prelude of the Baltic Triennial 13 – GIVE UP THE GHOST, Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė (Young Girl Reading Group) presented their installation and performance reading with a single hand from 2017 in the exhibition space.
The performative installation by Dorota Gaweda and Eglė Kulbokaitė investigates the act of reading as an intimate experience, holding the potentiality to become public performance through the “outlouding” of words.
Their stage made of tiles, curtains, carpet, suspended light boxes and clay powder, breaks the boundary in between the intimate and the public and becomes the site for readings of Young Girl Reading Group’s manifesto and Paul Preciado’s third part of their Gender, Sexuality, and the Biopolitics of Architecture: From the Secret Museum to Playboy.
While reading, the four performers are also documenting their actions via Instagram, disseminating the performance further. Performing the texts, taking uncomfortable positions to read, or writing down some of the words in the space and on their clothes, they complexify the perception of the readers and the text read.