Jan 23, 2016
Vanessa Beecroft, born in Genoa, Italy and based in Los Angeles, is known for provocative artworks that question society’s obsession with the female body. In VB53, a live performance orchestrated by Beecroft, twenty-one female models of various ethnicities were gathered on a large, oval mound of moist earth inside the soaring iron-and-glass Tepidarium of Florence’s horticultural garden. The work began with the women standing upright, wearing nothing but the same style of fashionable shoes and facing the same direction. During the course of the three-hour performance the women grew sufficiently weary to brave sitting or reclining on the loamy mound, dirtying their bare skin with fresh soil. The work is represented in Presence: Selections from the Matthew and Iris Strauss Family Foundation Collection by video documentation of the compelling event. Beecroft will discuss VB53 and other projects from her artistic practice during her lecture at SDSU.