Eleanor Antin Kathy Acker GET RID OF MEANING

Badischer Kunstverein Oct 03, 2018

GET RID OF MEANING is the first comprehensive solo exhibition of American avant-garde writer, poet and essayist Kathy Acker (born 1947 in New York City, died 1997 in Tijuana, Mexico). Acker was one of the most important writers of the 20th century whose work continues to influence writers, theorists, and artists today. From the beginning of the 1970s to the late 1990s she wrote numerous novels, essays, poems, and novellas. A post-punk feminist and a plagiarist, Kathy Acker’s experimental texts are situated between postmodernist and avant-garde practices and fall within a lineage from Gertrude Stein and Georges Bataille to William S. Burroughs and Marguerite Duras. Acker wrote revolutionary novels using innovative literary techniques of her own invention, driven by a sense of outrage at repressive gender structures and capitalist patriarchy. Compelled by both emotional experiences and critical theory, she was a radical in both form and content, challenging conventions of gender, race, property, and narrative.

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