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NEW YORK, 9 NOVEMBER 2005—Kosovar artist Sislej Xhafa will present Yellow Associates in Motion as part of PERFORMA05, the first biennial of new visual art performance in New York City on view at various venues throughout November. Xhafa’s first live event in The Big Apple will tour a truckload of performers, dressed as lawyers, through the streets of Manhattan on 10 November at 10 a.m. The performers will call out lawyers’ names from the Yellow Pages. Through the direct calling of names Xhafa seeks to close the gap between lawyers as sophisticated representations of power and humanize the institution of law using subtle irony. The extreme speed of exchange is also highlighted as Xhafa’s 1950s agricultural truck steadily moves through the modern city. An accompanying exhibition will be held at Yvon Lambert from 10 - 19 November 2005, showing Association in Yellow , the static sculptural counterpart to, and consequence of, the mobile live event. .

Sislej Xhafa: Association in Yellow, 2005
Blazer (XXXXXL); 120 x 70 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Yvon Lambert, New York

Born in Peja, Kosovo in 1970 artist Sislej Xhafa, who is based in New York, is known for his artistic investigation into the social, economical and political realities associated with the various complexities of modern society, such as tourism and forced illegality. He operates in various media, from sculpture and drawing to performance and photography. Xhafa has exhibited widely including at the Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2004), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003), and the Venice Biennale (1999 & 2005). He recently developed the project Under Real , a site-specific installation for Project Rooms at ARCO’05, Madrid, Spain.

 Yvon Lambert New York
564 West 25th Street
New York, New York
Tel: (1) 212 242 36 11

Concurrently with PERFORMA05, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present Marina Abramovic: Seven Easy Pieces, seven consecutive nights of performances in the museum’s rotunda. The works include a new piece by the Yugoslav performance artist created specifically for the project, as well as her renditions of seminal performances by Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, VALIE EXPORT, Bruce Nauman, and Gina Pane. Of particular interest:

10 November 2005, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Vito Acconci: Seedbed (1972, Sonnabend Gallery, New York). Acconci occupied the space under a false floor, masturbating and speaking through a microphone to visitors walking above in an attempt to establish an "intimate" connection with them.

11 November 2005, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

VALIE EXPORT, Action Pants: Genital Panic (1969, Augusta-Lichtspiele, Munich). Wearing pants with the crotch removed, EXPORT walked through a cinema during a film screening, offering the spectators visual contact with a real female body. Walking up and down the aisles among the mostly male patrons, she challenged them to "look at the real thing" instead of passively enjoying images of women on the screen.

12 November 2005, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Gina Pane, Self-Portrait(s) (1973, Galerie Stadler, Paris). Pane lay on a metal bed above lit candles. She made incisions with a razor blade in the skin around her fingernails and lips while slides of women painting their nails were projected on the wall. Her back turned to the audience, she recited "They won’t see anything" while a camera recorded women’s reactions in the audience. Facing forward again, she gargled with milk and spit it into a bowl, until the milk and her blood mixed.

Monday 14 November 2005

Marina Abramović, Lips of Thomas (1975), Galerie Krinzinger, Innsbruck. Abramović ate a kilogram of honey and drank a liter of red wine out of a glass. She then broke the glass with her hand, incised a star in her stomach with a razor blade, and whipped herself until she "no longer felt pain." She lay down on an ice cross while a space heater suspended above caused her to bleed more profusely.


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