Marianna Simnett’s (UK, 1986) crafts bold, new fairy tales for the 21st century, with female heroines who turn normative structures on their heads by demanding their bodies to be treated differently. These bodies are altered with the newest technologies, hence becoming hybrids – cyborgs. Yet they are always on the cusp of spiraling out of medical control as they contract diseases, contaminate infections and show unforeseen reactions.
These bodily reactions become consequential beyond their the flesh and blood of the bodies as such: as the plotlines of Simnett’s narratives thicken, inside and outside become co-dependant. If the personal is political, as the feminist slogan said it in the 60s, Simnett shows that the body – this bloody vessel of organs – is political too: the contested arena of norms and technology. For her first solo show in the Netherlands, Simnett will present a new, co-comissioned video work for the museum as well as an installation specially conceived for the Frans Hals Museum.