Gil Yefman Art that Slows Down How We Assess Gender

Hyperallergic Apr 03, 2016

At the center of Smack Mellon’s Dumbo gallery, Gil Yefman’s knitted wrecking ball of genitalia and bodily fluids hangs from the ceiling. The eerily supple and so pliant-to-the-touch installation is titled “Tutum,” which, when translated into Jewish law and modern Hebrew, means “unclean” or “stupid.” More literally, the word refers to a person whose sex is unknown or hidden. Adorned with woolen eyes looking outwards, the work reflects the onus of androgyny — the humiliation of “searching” for someone’s gender — back onto society. The cultural code has been effectively switched.

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