L. Ettinger is
among the leading intellectuals associated with contemporary French
thought. Her approach significantly extends the work of contemporary
philosophers and psychoanalysts such as Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Francois
Lyotard, Deleuze-Guattari and Jacques Lacan, and challenges the works of
Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray. Drawing on multi-disciplinary
approaches to art and psychoanalysis, Bracha Ettinger, a prominent contemporary artist and a groundbreaking theoretician working at the
intersection of feminine sexuality, psychoanalysis, and aesthetics, has
been forging for the last twenty years a new "matrixial"
theory and language with major aesthetical, analytic, ethical and
political implications. Ettinger’s ideas offer the hope that
identities might not have to be achieved either sacrificially or at
someone else’s expense. Articulating the feminine, maternal and
womb, the prematernal, presubject, trans-subjectivity, coemergence
as pregnancy, wit(h)nessing and transference as reciprocal
yet a-symmetrical co-birthing, her approach implicitly questions the
necessity of Kristeva’s sacrificial social contract, at the same time
as she urges us to rethink the opening of a new ethical horizon via
concepts such as trans-subjective com-passion, primary compassion and
fascinance, claiming archaic "aesthetic" mental-psychic
apprehension of the other and of the world as proto-ethical. The
infant-m/Other transconnectivity includes other non-I(s) right from the
start. Working through "borderlinking" in trans-subjective
webs is neither symbiotic nor Oedipal. It brings about subjectivizing
moments and actualizes human creative and ethical potentialities. Bracha
L. Ettinger is at present the Marcel Duchamp Professor of Psychoanalysis
and Art at the Media & Communications Division, European Graduate
School (EGS), Saas-Fee.
Bracha Ettinger's artworks, mainly paintings, drawing, Artist's books and photographs have been presented extensively in major museums of contemporary art. Among them:
Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp [Gorge(l), 2006-2007].
of Contemporary Art,
(ARS 06 Biennale, 2006).
Gothenburg Museum of Art (Aletheia, 2003).
, (Memory, 1999).
[Voices from Here and There (Mar'ee Makom, Mar'ee Adam), 1999], (Routes of Wandering, 1992).
Haifa Museum & Theater [Women Artists in Israeli Art (the Ninties), 1998].
(Kabinet, 1997). The
Pompidou Centre (Face ŕ l'Histoire, 1997).
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (Body, 1997).
Art Gallery of Western Australia,
(Inside the Visible, 1997). Museum for Israeli Art, Ramat-Gan (Oh Mama, 1997).
Institute of Contemporary Art (
, (Inside the Visible, 1997).
National Museum of Women in the Arts,
, (Inside the Visible, 1997).
(Inside the Visible, 1996).
Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israeli Art Now, 1991; Feminine Presence, 1990). With Solo exhibitions at: Lokaal 01,
. ThRu1 Virtual exhibition (2007). Gerwood Gallery,
(2003). La librairie, Les Abattoirs,
(2003. Maison de France,
Drawing Center, NY (2001).
Centre for Fine Arts (The Palais des Beaux Arts),
Pori Art Museum
(1996), (with Sergei "
(1995). The Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery,
(1994). Kanaal Art Fondation, Béguinage,
(1994), (with Nancy Spero). The
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA),
(1993). Galerie d'Art Contemporain du Centre Saint-Vincent, Herblay (1993).
The Russian Ethnography Museum in
(1993). Le Nouveau Muséem, IAC - Institut d'art contemporain,
(1992). Goethe Institute,
(1990). Musée des Beaux-Arts et de la Dentelle de Calais,
(1988). Moltkerei Werkstatt, Köln. The
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Bracha L. Ettinger is a Visiting Scholar
and Artist at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus from March 3rd to
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