Fighting for Dead and Non-Existent Spirits, Published: May 2019
Editing: Leeron Tur Kaspa, Eden Kramer
Design: Amir Avraham
Power Play – Fighting for Dead and non-Existent Spirits is distributed through Perdu Poetry Foundation, Amsterdam, NL; San Serriffe, Amsterdam, NL; Walter Bookstore, Arnhem, NL and Do you read me?!, Berlin, DE.
In September 2019 the book nominated by ADAGP for the artist revelation prize at MAD (http://www.multipleartdays.fr), Paris. This work is part of the National Library of the Netherlands.
The Book ‘Power Play’ materialises different ways in which the artist is dealing with instantiations of power. Eroticism and culture are two parameters through which relations of power are examined. The backbone narrative of the book, is the life and work of Ana Mendieta, a cuban artist in New York art scene of the 70s. It is widely believed that Mendieta’s husband, Carl Andre has been responsible for her death. Andre was acquitted at trial. His defence claimed Mendieta is unstable, using her artwork, he claimed that she was responsible for jumped for her volition. As Mendieta’s representation is commonly tied to her death, the book conceptualises her life in relation to other women artists and existing art works.
It is an investigation of romantic notions such as the work of art, its autonomy and the notion of authorship; for which reason, the illustrations in the book, are either appropriations or reproductions in a way of dialogue. The narration of the play is performed through a web of characters: Ana Mendieta, Lee Lozano, Carl Andre, and a contemporary female body.
In the book one finds a script:‘Fighting for Dead and Non-Existent Spirits’;two short essays and a section of 8 illustrations.In the play itself, the book functions as a prop, and together with the different published elements engages the audience in the deliberation of the content.Altogether, it is a proposition to engage with, and subvert institutional and historically acknowledged narratives.
Fighting for Dead and Non-Existent Spirits
Premiered at Perdu, Poetry Foundation, Amsterdam, May 2019
Performed by Sonia Kazovsky, Margo van de Linde, Nadine Borst and Chidi Onwuka.
The performance, taking place in the theatrical black box, was presented as a proposition for the reading of the script. As is, the published script in the book POWER PLAY, is intended to act as an open source, and open to other interpretations. In order to include the audience in the reading, and emphasise the act of reading and reshaping narratives as collective, the audience were invited to read along. The choir, and other characters, were reading from within the audience, as a way of breaking the social construction of the theatrical space, as well as implicating the audience in the dynamic power play between the characters.
Made possible with the generous support of the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts AFK
The Journey Towards the Radical Image
Theatre play for one actress and a live video act (VJ) 20’, designed maps and infographics.
Premiered at the Oostpool Theatre, Arnhem, June 2017
This theatrical presentation proposes an elaborated theory of Contemporary Art in the loop of capitalist reality. The work maps the way towards the radical image: the subversion of capital through and in Art.
In collaboration with Ana Wild
CALL V - Can the conditions of making an artwork, become the work itself?
Lecture performance 25’, spatial organisation, 3D Modelling
Presented in De Coehoorn, Arnhem, January 2017 with responses by Farid Rakun, Anna Lascari and Ilias Marmaras.
A speculative proposition in the form of a lecture performance. Powerpoint presentation, 3D visual aid and a spatial installation. The proposition of Call V- attempts at a hypothetical financial speculation based on an actual proposition of an existing art project by Idan Hayosh. CALL V asks to rethink the application of art projects, by repurposing the artistic intention for the sake of reclaiming public space. The proposition connects cultural institutions, artists and private companies owned by the state of Germany (The Corporate State) to recondition privately owned location as a space for public gathering. How to use moments of visibility as social leverage? How can art institutions become a political body? This project proposes a repurposing of the institutions to becoming a lobbying body for a common goal in the urban environment.
A complete script is available upon request.