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L.A. Raeven - Beyond the Image, 2010. Film still. © Lisa Boerstra and Viewpoint Productions, Amsterdam.

6.12.2011 Les Mardis de l’Art

Les Mardis de l'Art - L.A. Raeven – Beyond the Image

Screening of the documentary followed by a public discussion in presence of the filmmaker and the artists.

The twin sisters Liesbeth and Angelique Raeven have been working together as the Dutch artistic duo L.A. Raeven for the past ten years, creating controversial films and performances that challenge traditional representations of feminine beauty, anorexia and sibling relationships. Lisa Boerstra's candid documentary combines home movies and excerpts from films and performances with observational footage of the twins in their daily lives, capturing the tensions, interactions and remarkable psychological connections between them. The documentary follows the twins during a crucial period in which it gradually becomes clear that their relationship will have to change because of individual choices.

Twin sisters Liesbeth and Angelique Raeven (*1971, Heerlen, Netherlands; live and work in Amsterdam) began their artistic collaboration under the generic name of L.A. Raeven in 1999. Their work rests on investigations surrounding the notion of "the ideal individual", which they analyse through videos, drawings, installations and performances. L.A. Raeven study the status of the body and body image within western societies and the inherent social pressures. Adopting a critical attitude towards fashion and media dictates, they defy traditional representations of feminine beauty by integrating the codes of this same society to better lay them bare. Through doing this, a debate vis-a-vis the questions related to ideal body image and its social construction, within various cultural and historical contexts, is set up.


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L.A. Raeven - Beyond the Image, 2010. Film still. © Lisa Boerstra and Viewpoint Productions, Amsterdam.