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Keegan Luttrell explores the themes of protection and self defense with “Armour” at DISPLAY BERLIN until September 17th

Keegan Luttrell - "Milk Mountain" 2016

Until September 17, American artist Keegan Luttrell who joined the ArtJaws collections this summer in the video art section currently exhibits her work at the  DISPLAY gallery in Berlin.

Keegan Luttrell extends this investigation field to other forms of protection or self-defense. Her interest focuses exactly on the invisible armours, involved in a daily context. The ones we wear on facial features or disguised under gestures and behaviors.

Individual protections, once made of iron, were meant to defend their owner and improve human capacities. They would shape the body to act as a second layer, define one’s identity and belonging, and maybe, repulse the adversary.

The inhabitants of an armour chose whether they wanted it to be light and adherent or massive and constructing, either allowing a greater rapidity of movement but with less efficiency or defensive but rigid and heavy, constricting the range of action. In each case, the protection reveals its fragility.

Through her analysis and in the exhibition taking place, they become tangible, as to allow a closer observation, as if we could even try them. Face lines converted into ceramic pieces strengthened by fire and shattering if mishandled. These fine bone structures are here engaged in a ritualized course, their brittles taken by fluids and movements, turning back into sediments, as the objects are activated by their dissolution.

More information about this exhibition here