Orshi Drozdik (*1946, Hungary, USA) has been working with normative representations of the female body as a nude model and in nude drawings since she was an art student at the University of Fine Arts in Budapest in the 1970s. She analyses the patriarchal structures in the socialist system of art, which are contradictory to socialism’s promise of equality between the sexes. Drozdik left Hungary in 1978, working first in the Netherlands then in Canada. She later moved to New York.
The series Individual Mythology (1975-1977) consists of drawings, photographs and performances and was one of Drozdik’s first works. In it, she embodies several famous modern dancers, such as Isadora Duncan, whom she associates with rebellion and liberation. She overlays her own free dance poses with historical photographs and projects images on dancing bodies in live performances as a means of challenging and subverting the female model as a static norm: “I am not the model, the model is not me.”
Courtesy Orshi Drozdik