The Virginia Wolf‘s novel Orlando tells the story of an aristocrat who has lived through several centuries and one day, he awakes as a woman.
The actress Tilda Swinton, who starred the Sally Potter’s film adaptation in 1992, was inspired by this novel and she curated a photographic exhibition about it with works from Zackary Drucker, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jamal Nxedlana, Walter Pfeiffer, Viviane Sassen at the Aperture Foundation in New York. The artists play with concepts like gender, freedom, history, identity, and ethnicity.
Apart from these works of art, the visitors of Orlando at the Literaturhaus München, can also see some Virginia Wolf’s letters and photographs and hear some fragments of the book with an audioguide. The exhibition also counts with a side program with film screenings and other events.
The exhibition is shown in English and German and can be visited from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm at the Literaturhaus München until the 12th of January 2020. Single ticket with audio-guide 6 € (4 € reduced).
*Header picture: Mickalene Thomas »Untitled #2« (Orlando Series) , 2019