Schreber is a Woman. Still frame, 2020. Courtesy of El Palomar.
El Palomar: Schreber is a Woman
Jul 15 - Oct 09, 2022
Schreber is a Woman, a video installation by the Spanish artist collective El Palomar (Mariokissme and R. Marcos Mota).
Schreber is a Woman is a meditation on queer and trans history through the figure of Daniel Paul Schreber (1842–1911), a German judge committed to a psychiatric institution in 1894. While in confinement, Schreber experienced visions and heard voices as he reflected on cosmology, sexuality, religion, and a consuming desire for gender transformation, believing it to be divinely orchestrated.
Through performance, set construction, and an electronic, dance-inflected soundtrack, El Palomar presents a contemporary envisioning of Schreber’s rich inner world from a transfeminist perspective. Made during the social isolation of the early Covid-19 pandemic, the installation recuperates, for our present moment, the historic struggles for bodily autonomy, self-determination, and joy.