Carolee Schneeman – Aggression for Couples (1972)

Carolee Schneeman - Aggression for Couples 1972

Aggression for Couples (Detail) by Carolee Schneeman, 1972, Gelatin silver print with hand-coloring and collage

A lesser documented performance by Carolee Schneeman called A Handbook of Physical Aggression for Couples (1971-72), made in collaboration with her partner of the time Anthony McCall, explores the negative side of domestic co-habitation via a therapeutic approach. Expressed in a photographic series of collage gelatin silver prints, presented in book form, Schneeman demonstrated physical interactions between a couple that could release and heal feelings of repression.

an integral, vital love relationship can accommodate expressions of anger, boredom, hysteria, sexual tension, repressed aggressivity, irritability, nagging, hopelessness, and depression.

– Carolee Schneeman
Source: Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London, 2012, Kathy Battista. pg 112
Image by Carolee Schneeman

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