Adriana Varella & Ife Niklaus.
Cracks in Civilized Landscapes is an artist’s book that builds upon a performative work by Adrianna Varella and Ife Niklaus that challenges architecture as a patriarchal authority. Filming themselves in the process of having sex in several institutional monuments,
A subversive attempt at desecration, the artists infiltrate these buildings by focusing on the structure and trying to decipher the oppressive power of these infrastructures beyond their formal aspect. Each body is a political instrument, and with a full awareness, without concession or self-censorship,use sex as a revolutionary process leading to social mutation and a metamorphosis of the masculine and the feminine.
“We believe that the orgasm is the culminating platform that opens consciousness and destabilizes the established order. Freedom is simply non-negotiable. It is not something that you ask for, it is something that you TAKE without asking permission. The film is punctuated by an abstract poem, which recalls how language creates gender and how oppression operates through language. This work was created with a lot of humor and fun. It unfolds in various forms; video installations, photos, music, poetry, performance, etc… Cracks in Civilized Landscapes is a feminist manifest about architecture, that literally fucks all kinds of institutions.”
The project asks questions about the limits of anarchism, the limits of appropriating space, and of individual acts of self-determination, at the risk of offending heterosexual norms in society.