VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK is the independent on-going live art exhibition project conceived, initiated and curated by artist duo VestAndPage,
and co-organized by Studio Contemporaneo non-profit cultural association, We Exhibit, Venice Open Gates, Live Arts Cultures and European Cultural Centre - GAA Foundation,
which hosts the event in its premises in Venice.
project aims to promote the practices of performance art on a local, national
and international scale, with an event exclusively dedicated to them, and the
related formative Learning Program presented in cooperation with international partner organizations.
respect of the ethical principle of trans-national cultural collaboration,
since its first edition in 2012, the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART
WEEK has become a recognized platform where the propositive dialogue and the
open confrontation among different cultures and artistic expressions could
The core of its mission is, in fact, to strengthen the importance of
the concepts of mobility, art nomadism and temporary community; to offer
moments of fruitful encounters and exchange to lay the foundations for future
professional opportunities for artists and cultural operators; and, finally,
paying attention to the creation of a broader audience for performance art.
Being a gathering reunion among artists and people "who
looked for the pearls in the rivers of human civilizations to came to share
what they found" (Lee Wen), the event works also as
a think tank for outlining conceptual visions which de-clearly overcome imposed
and external human conditioning, generating further propositive reflection on
topics such as poetic and civil sovereignty, the whole and the ineffable, time,
space and existence.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART
WEEK has been conceived in form of a trilogy:
I - "Hybrid Body - Poetic Body"
(1st edition, 2012);
II - "Ritual Body - Political
Body" (2nd edition, 2014);
III - "Fragile Body - Material Body" (3rd edition, 10 - 17 December 2016).
Each of the three
editions consists of a comprehensive exhibition showing historical performance
art pioneers' works and documentation, alongside the presentation of live art
performances by contemporary established and emerging international performance artists. The event program is structured as such:
daily morning talks by and encounters with the participating artists, associated curators and
cultural operators open to public; series of long durational performances during the
afternoons; and shorter performance slots in the evenings. The ART WEEK |
FRINGE section is dedicated to upcoming and emerging artists, both local and international ones.
In such context, the urgency of exhibiting the works of pioneers
of this art praxis, alongside the most avantgarde contemporary live proposals,
reflect the curators VestAndPage's artistic research on the field and their choice
to trace a continuity within this specific thus interdisciplinary art form from
past to present. At the same time, the intent is to highlight previous valuable experiences,
which grounded the art of performance in the course of art history and continue to maintain a strong sense of actuality, deserving to be remembered
without declared appositive cultural intention. This is as well due for the
necessity to pay tribute to art masterpieces as tools telling of social and
individual awakening, which still resonate in the works of the new generations.
For each event edition, the
VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK and VestAndPage press publish limited
edition post-event hard cover catalogues documenting the exhibition and live performances, with essays on
performance art related issues by international scholars.
INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK is a free admission, non funded, nonprofit, and noncommercial cultural event, sustained by the cultural contribution of prestigious
institutions, event-associated curators, and the logistics in-kind support of
donors, philanthropists and Venetian enterprises such as ConCaVe and Riviera.
© Venice International Performance Art Week 2012-2016