Anna McNay

Review of Eva Stenram: Positions at the Siobhan Davies School of Dance


Eva Stenram:

Siobhan Davies School
of Dance

16 January – 22 March

Just as languages are made up of signs, carefully arranged
according to rules of syntax, so dances are made up of positions, choreographed
to present a certain imagery. In her various series of photographic works, currently
on show at the Siobhan Davies School of Dance in Southwark, Eva Stenram
collates these different postures – actually digitally isolated from 1950s and
60s pin-ups, not dance-related at all – into a dictionary of gesture and
posture, full of possibility of meaning.

All around the building – in reception, in the meeting room,
in the stairwell, in the toilet – she has hung works from her on-going series, Parts (2013-14). Stockinged limbs, some with
fishnets, most with stilettos, on leather sofas and carpets with thick pile,
the feet arch as a moment of intimacy or rapture is interrupted. Carelessly discarded,
these legs appear sinister – the images could perhaps be crime scene shots.
This uncanny element resonates still more with the chosen real world
surroundings when, upstairs, outside the practice rooms, a row of empty shoes
stand in line, beneath a photograph of a castaway limb.

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