Daria Martin, Schering Stiftung Projektraum

 

re.act.feminism

Performance Art of the 1960s and 1970s Today

01.12.2008, Berlin | From December 13, 2008, until February 8, 2009, the Berlin Academy of Arts hosts the international performance project “re.act.feminism,“ which presents an exemplary overview of gender-critical performance art of the 1960s and 1970s and its current “revival“ through re-enactments and re-appropriations by young contemporary female artists.

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From December 13, 2008, until February 8, 2009, the Berlin Academy of Arts hosts the international performance project “re.act.feminism,“ which presents an exemplary overview of gender-critical performance art of the 1960s and 1970s and its current “revival“ through re-enactments and re-appropriations by young contemporary female artists.

During the 1960s and 1970s, performance art was the ideal medium to explore the (female) body beyond ascription and distortion. Moreover, performance art was a medium for collective and political activity, and the newly emerging video art was an ideal way to capture those mostly spontaneous works on film.

Through films, photographs, objects and installations, the exhibition project “re.act.feminism” presents pathbreaking performances by more than 20 international artists whose artistic positions have contributed to the social transformations of those two decades in the Western capitals of art as well as in Eastern and Southeastern Europe. At the same time, the exhibition explores contemporary developments and strategies for re-appropriation, re-enactments and archival projects. The video archive offers visitors an opportunity to view approximately 70 video performances and documentations. Live performances and a conference in January 2009 complement the program. One of the participating artists is Tanja Ostojić from Serbia, the current recipient of the Köstlin Anniversary Fellowship of the Ernst Schering Foundation, who will also present a live performance at the Academy of Arts in January 2009.

Following the exhibition in Berlin, the video archive will travel to the “International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women“ in Ljubljana in the spring of 2009 and to the Kunsthaus Erfurt.

The Ernst Schering Foundation supports this project curated by Bettina Knaup and Beatrice E. Stammer, since it is both a comprehensive retrospective of feminist performance art of the 1960s and 1970s and a forum for contemporary performance approaches which deal, in partly radical and experimental ways, with the female body and the role of women in society. The dialogue between two generations of female artists thus enables a new perspective on the artistic strategies of performance artists in the United States, Western, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the former GDR.

Exhibition

December 13, 2008 – February 8, 2009
Opening: December 12, 2008, 7 p.m.
Live Performances and Conference: January 22-25, 2009

Berlin Academy of Arts
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin

A project by cross links e.V., curated by Bettina Knaup and Beatrice E. Stammer

Movie clips from the live-performances and the collected speeches of the Congress (as audio files) are available on the website www.reactfeminism.org

Photos:
Picture of the introduction: Kate Gilmore: Star Bright, Star Might, 2007, Video Still, Courtesy: the artist and Smith-Stewart Gallery © Kate Gilmore
Picture above: Ewa Partum: Poem by Ewa, 1971 © Ewa Partum/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008
Picture below: Esther Ferrer: Intimo y Personal Performance, MACBA Barcelona 1998 © Esther Ferrer

Ewa Partum_Poem by Ewa_1971_copyright Ewa Partum,VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008A.jpg

 

Esther Ferrer_Intimo y Personal_Performance, MACBA Barcelona 1998_Copyright Esther Ferrer1.jpg

 

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