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Elianna Renner: cheerleading (Video installation, 2012)

The work “cheerleading” seeks to transfer the practice of cheerleading, into women’s daily life struggle during the period of the classical modern (1850- 1930). In the exhibit, the names of 42 women writers, artists, activists, social activists, political activists, actors and musicians are cheered by four groups of cheerleaders.

In Europe there are very few cheerleading groups and the sport is not present in everyday life. People know about cheerleading mostly from movies and television and it is viewed as a symbol of the US. It is also seen as a symbol for perpetuating female gender stereotypes.

In the installation itself, four video projections show one team on each wall of a white cube. The four videos play alternately. Each time one name has been cheered or spelled out, the video will slow down as another team starts to cheer for another name; this is coordinated by a computer program according to the random principle and the piece strikes the viewer as a friendly and enthusiastic “battle” of cheerleaders who compete in cheering for women’s history.

The videoinstallation comes with a booklet containing 42 short biographies of the  women that are being cheered for in the installation.

Click here to view the cheerleading booklet

Click here to see a video trailer

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A.I.R. GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY
The Consulate General of Switzerland, Cultural Affairs, NY
GEDOK – German National Women’s Artist Association, Berlin
The Senate of the City of Bremen, Cultural Department
Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Bremen