Olympia: one competes against oneself most of the time takes Leni Riefenstahl’s film Olympia (1936) as its initial point and investigates the bodily moment before the action and after, the second between motionlessness and getting into shape.
Performers: Victor Dumont, Susie Yugier, Rachell Bo Clark, Stephanie Amurao, Katrina Bastian, Kinga Jaczewska Music: INRA (Philipp Rhensius & Adam Ben-Nun) Live Visuals: Lisa Lapierre
Rachel Monosov is a Russian-born and Berlin based artist, who in her work delves into cultural notions of alienation, territorial belonging, gender, and identity. Her newly developed work Olympia takes Leni Riefenstahl’s film Olympia (1936) as a point of departure and investigates the bodily moments before the action and after: the seconds between motionlessness and getting into shape. Monosov asks: We know what took place outside the walls of the stadium in 1936, but do we know or care what is taking nowadays place outside the walls of this room? Through the re-enactment and reproduction of the body movements and film aesthetics of Olympia in slow motion, the artist glares painstakingly at the human traces and moments of doubt in this nationalistic historical insignia, a questioning of the celebration of Olympic perfection.