Glisten

Performance and installation commissioned by the Cue Art Foundation in New York City, New York.  Part of Radical Plastic Exhibition, curated by Rachel Reese. 

Reese writes... "Gender identity is undermined by Rachel Debuque’s Glisten (2016), a performance installation in which an androgynous, masculine female bodybuilder executes a workout routine while a woman depicted in a video monitor encourages her to push her physical limits. The radical concept of gender fluidity is at the core of Debuque’s project. The work questions how we define ourselves as gendered beings and the relative inclusivity of the definition of the female. The performance argues that socially constructed gender roles are malleable and that boundaries can be extended to include alternatives to binary categories."