Arcade is pleased to present our 1st exhibition in Brussels with Marijke De Roover: a bricolage of opera, musicals, Disney productions, romcoms, karaoke and feminist queer theory.
The video work Live, Laugh, Limerence, (2020) scripted from a performance of the same name commissioned in 2019 by the David Roberts Art Foundation, serves as the basis for this new installation. Using music and irony De Roover undermines conventional notions about love. She focuses on how mainstream culture depicts and articulates romantic relationships in movies and pop songs. Despite the success of an occasional Hollywood film or television series based on a gay or lesbian character, in popular culture the course of love sticks to well-worn heteronormative paths. In De Roover’s universe love does not comply with social and cultural norms, roles and patterns of expectation, but it does manifest itself in many other forms of queerness. Culturally dominant ideas about male/female relationships, motherhood, sexual identity and reproduction are appropriated and highjacked using quotes from opera, musical theatre, pop music and movies.
More info herePublication date: 8 Sep '21