5 Second Party, 2006.
photo : permission | courtesy Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York

5 Second Party is a collaboration between Mika Rottenberg and Queen Raqui, a 600 pound woman who makes a living through her personal website. Raqui ­specializes in “squashing, crushing, and trampling” her customers. In this project, Rottenberg investigated how the body functions as a commodity in ­fantasy-driven ­transactions. In Pocono Party #1, Rottenberg invited some friends to spend the night with her at the Caesar’s Pocono Resorts, to create a structure that would last for only a few seconds, and that would stretch each of the performers’ talents. Born in Buenos Aires in 1976, Mika Rottenberg lives and works in New York City. In 2006 she received the Cartier Award in conjunction with the Frieze Art Fair. Her work was on view at the Guggenheim Bilbao and the 2nd Bienal del Fin del Mundo in Ushuaia, Argentina. She has upcoming exhibitions at de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2009), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2010).

Pocono Party #1, 2007.
photos : permission | courtesy Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
Mika Rottenberg
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