X Onstage, New Orleans
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Over the past two decades, Lisa Kereszi has explored the emotional and formal qualities of abandoned sites and places shaped by human design and fantasy, including amusement parks, movie theaters, and strip clubs. In this view, part of a larger project on burlesque theater, Kereszi focuses not on the performer but on the lurid red colors and the inky shadows that fill the space with dramatic anticipation and longing. While the title refers to the place marker on stage, it also suggests the X-rated nature of the performance and the anonymity of the performer, whose back is turned to the viewer.