The Double Standard

Kathe Burkhart


Artist Novel, 19.8 x 13 cm, 100 p, language: English, publisher: New York: Participant Press, ISBN: 978-0976544319.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2029/528).

Literary synopsis

In the words of Kathe Burkhart: 'The subject of the book is really the repetition compulsion, framed within a dialogic, parallel narrative structure using two voices of the same character at different periods in their lives – as a teenager and in their early thirties. The teenage entries are taken, unabridged from my actual teenage diaries, and given that the personal is political, it is a radical tool of empowerment. Doubling is used to evoke an Identity that is constantly shifting, a reality that is fleeting. As someone who tries to stay in the present, I need to catch it before it disappears. We can know the Other, but we can never know ourselves. I see autobiography then as a kind of fiction.'

Novel's website

Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Autobiography.

Publishing: Publishing House.

Theme: Feminism, Identity.

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