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
, the static sculptural
counterpart to, and consequence of, the mobile live event. .
Sislej Xhafa: Association in Yellow, 2005
(XXXXXL); 120 x 70 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Yvon Lambert, New
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
site-specific installation for Project Rooms at ARCO’05, Madrid, Spain.
Lambert New York
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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
Vito Acconci: Seedbed
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.
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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