swapping wedding dress-revolver

TAUSCHE BRAUTKLEID GEGEN REVOLVER (bartering wedding dress for revolver)


is a temporary public research institution. In various ways, practices of collecting and narrating are discussed.
For the entire weekend, the “WOMEN ON BOOKS”-collection of the private collector Julia Kuzminska will be opened to the public. This is a worldwide unique research collection that includes already 243 exhibits. Since the collector, who is also a passionate stroller, found her first exhibits during a walk in 2013 named “Doctors and women” and “The Hangman and the women”, she continued from shelf to shelf, developing her collection and systematically categorizing it (women and numbers, women and adjectives, women and professions, women on the road). Visitors are very welcome to use the possibility for researches in the field of expulsed books. You are invited to search through the largest “WOMEN ON BOOKS”- collection worldwide and discuss various topics in self-proclaimed circles of experts. Arguing, categorizing and rejecting is allowed. Additional exhibits can be added to the research collection live on the spot.
Pablo Walser translated together with Julia Gutekunst and Hans Seidl several titles with the means of painting. To prevent misunderstandings, the paintings will be labelled with the titles. However, additional notes, comments, cross references, personal favourites or critics will be only visible under black light.
Irène Mélix gives an insight in her separate research project. Starting point for this research was the question, whether the “WOMEN ON BOOKS”-collection really tells anything about women or, in fact more about the writers that write about women? Do they tell us something about patriarchy per se? And how does this uncomfortable heterosexual binarity happen to be? Within her research, Irène Mélix has been dealing with lesbian fiction from the 20s for some time. This fiction speaks about lesbian life, homosexual identities and their social conditions. Based on a lecture, archive material and quotations a first insight into the research will be possible.


She wants to especially thank the Spinnboden archive Berlin. The Spinnboden is the biggest collection of traces of lesbian identity in Europe.

EX14, Dresden (2017)