Yoko Ono, VALIE EXPORT (Austria), Hermann Nitsch (Austria), Jan Fabre (Belgium), Ilija Šoškić (Montenegro/Italy), Boris Nieslony (Germany), Jill Orr (Australia), Lee Wen (Singapore), Gonzalo Rabanal (Chile), Helena Goldwater (UK), Manuel Vason (Italy/UK), Joseph Ravens (USA), Suka Off (Poland), Snežana Golubović (Serbia/Germany), Jason Lim (Singapore), Prem Sarjo (Chile), Nelda Ramos (Argentina), Shima (Brazil), BBB Johannes Deimling (Germany/Norway), VestAndPage (Germany/Italy), Santiago Cao (Argentina), Francesca Fini (Italy), Francesco Kiàis (Italy/Greece), Wanda Moretti | Il Posto (Italy), Gabriela Alonso (Argentina), Alperoa (Chile), Andrea Morucchio (Italy), Macarena Perich Rosas (Chile), Marcus Vinicius (Brazil), Weeks & Whitford (UK), David Dalla Venezia (France/Italy), Zierle & Carter (UK).

ART WEEK | FRINGE: Amadeo Abello (Italy), Alessandra Bucchi (Italy), Samanta Cinquini & Luca Nava (Italy), Marita Fox (Australia), Micaela Leonardi (Italy), Dominique Ploner (Italy), Ralf Peters (Germany), Marcel Sparmann (Germany), Marina Widen (Sweden).

ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI DI VENEZIA, ITALY: Guiseppe Abate, Giada Giudetti & Silvia Bonazzi, Marta del Fabbro, Giulia de Giovanelli, Gianluca Giuso & Elisa Sartori, Andrea Grotto, Christiano Menchini, Anita Ferro Milone, Agnes Pesec, Francesca Piovesan, Alice Pozzoli.




The I VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK took place at Palazzo Bembo in Venice, December 8-15, 2012.

The live art exhibition project dedicated to contemporary performance art showcased works of 31 international performance artists from around the globe. Pioneers of this art discipline exhibited alongside established and emerging artists, reflecting influences and current tendencies in the field.

The exhibition consists of a vibrant program of live performances, installations, photographic and video documentation, daily artist talks/presentations, and meetings with the participating artists, researchers and curators.

The I VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK in its first edition explores, under the focus Hybrid Body - Poetic Body, concepts such as interconnectivity, empathy, struggle, love, political habits and sociability, and how the Self relates to them. Two-way communication between the artists and the audience is key, and some of the strongest themes to emerge during this week will relate to living with more care and creating mechanisms for positive change.

The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK wishes to enrich the highly renowned art scene in Venice with the audacious art form of Performance art.

Conceived, initiated and curated by VestAndPage and co-organized in collaboration with Studio Contemporaneo, Venice Academy of Fine Arts, Venice Open Gates and European Cultural Centre | GAA Foundation, which hosts the event in its prestigious premises at Palazzo Bembo on the Grand Canal.

ART WEEK BLOG updated daily during the week with features, interviews and reviews on veniceperformanceart.tumblr.com.



Performance art is a discipline that is - first and foremost - life in itself. It doesn't represent or portray: but used to awaken the mind and investigate cutting edge ideas in different fields of human activities. It analyses how and why people and their surroundings evolve or devolve, therefore generating reflection. As it is ephemeral, it holds an enormous potential of contemporaneity and immediacy.

It is an art form characterized by the use of the artists' own body and attitude as support. It steps beyond boarders to purpose an experience of immediate impact. It requires to be responsive "here and now" and to position oneself. Hence, not only the artist, but also the visitor needs to be prepared for making something happen, to engage emotionally and intellectually into the core of what is Performance art today.

The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK aims to catch moments, moods and circumstances, reacting to it, opening up a ground of mutual exchange between artists and audience, with the possibility of a direct, personal discourse about art and its possible impact on modern society.

It is a project based on a mutual engagement and commitment to the purpose between the participating artists and the curators: presenting a selection of Live art performances with a precise curatorial line, so as avoid ending in another hypertrophied platform of global art, nor to speculate on our current social condition. The concern is also aesthetics, where, in any case, the objective is to analyze, through Live art, thoughts and ideas on life, space, time and existence as a simple question of form and substance in continuous transformation, through an eye able to go beyond the surface.

The artistic value is matched with human qualities, in order to produce challenging expressions to explore concepts such as interconnectivity, experiential knowledge, empathy, lasting and endurance, persistency, necessity and trial, resistance and awareness, struggle and love.

To be fully aware of human emotions, political habits, social lives, and how the Self relates to them, offering a range of possibilities to scan meanings about how to live this life with more care, and to create mechanisms for positive change.


~ Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage)




"Da Yoko Ono a Hermann Nitsch, a Jan Fabre. Qualcuno la chiama la più grande mostra-evento di perfomance art al mondo."

Art Tribune

Andrea Morucchio (Italy)

"Rivoluzioni", two-cannel video and glass sculpture

BBB Johannes Deimling (Germany/Norway)

Still of "Greatest Hits", DVD compilation

"The exhibition pinpoints the essence of a total practice that gets out from abstraction to investigate the human body, its interiority and its relation to political and social issues in a physical, tangible way." 

2DM Blogazine

Francesca Fini (Italy)

Still of "Cry Me", Video performance



Gabriela Alonso (Argentina)

Detail of "(De)vestirse", Ink-drawings and stop-motion video performance

"Un'unica tematica ed una linea curatoriale precisa un festival attuale e non replicabile, che evinca i caratteri della società moderna." 

Arte Sera

Gonzalo Rabanal (Chile)

"De la trama del habla a los tramas del cuerpo", Installation and performance

Helena Goldwater (UK)

"Once in a while it's important to clear out your glory-hole", Installation and performance

"E’ la prima volta che la città lagunare ospita un evento puramente dedicato all’arte performativa. Venezia, che è ormai città avvezza alle diverse attività dell’arte contemporanea, in questo caso diventa pioniera di un evento sperimentale."

Art Noise 

Jan Fabre (Belgium)

Detail of "Virgin/Warrior", Thinking model

Yoko Ono (Nutopia)

Detail of "Event Scores", Printed matter



Yoko Ono (Nutopia)

Detail of "Night and Day for Venice", Participatory installation


Macarena Perich Rosas (Chile)

"CONFL!CTA - Actions in Patagonia", Miniature photography


"Già durante l'inaugurazione si percepisce grande curiosità da parte del pubblico, a testimonianza di quanto l'evento si preannunci completo e coinvolgente."

Whip Art



SUKA OFF (Poland)


Details from "tranSfera", Photography, video and object [photo by Suka Off]

Manuel Vason (Italy/UK)

Images from the series "Encounters" and "Still Movil"

Manuel Vason (Italy/UK)

Images from the series "Encounters" and "Still Movil"
In the image collaboration with Franko B.

"L'interessante proposta ha tutti i numeri per diventare un appuntamento irrinunciabile dei futuri inverni veneziani."

Il Ridotto

Marcus Vinicius (Brazil)

"Everything Imaginable Can Be Dreamed", Photographic album

Marcus Vinicius (Brazil)

Still of "Everything Imaginable Can Be Dreamed", Video [photo by Paola Marugan]

"A tratteggiare un percorso che lungo diversi decenni ha esaltato, oltraggiato, portato in trionfo e all’inferno l’unica parte di noi della cui esistenza siamo certi e che anche a Venezia come altrove, è proprio il caso di dirlo, ci dà la possibilità di esserci."

Italian Guide Book

VestAndPage (Germany/Italy)

Still of "sin fin - Performances at the Core of the Looking-Glass", Film [photo by Jason Lim]


Boris Nieslony (Germany)

Detail of "A Feather Fell Down on Venice"

Installation and performance [photo by Jason Lim]

"Una visione ascetica e trascendente alla ricerca di nuove prospettive."

Il Gazzettino

David Dalla Venezia (France/Italy)

"Ades (in fieri)", Oil on canvas. With VestAndPage [photo by Jason Lim]

Francesco Kiais (Italy/Greece)

Detail of "The Sleep of Dionysus", Installation and video [photo by Jason Lim]

Nelda Ramos (Argentina)

Detail of "Es Copia Fiel - This is a true and exact copy", Installation and photography


"Per la prima volta in Italia si è assistito a una full immersion nell’universo corpo attraverso la presenza di performer internazionali di alto livello, da un ciclo di talk, di durational performance e di live giornaliere, da una mostra vibrante, bella, pulsante e trans-generazionale che si innestava dentro le sale labirintiche del settecentesco Palazzo Bembo."

Il Manifesto


Prem Sarjo (Chile)

Detail of "Hybrid Body - Poetic Body. A performance trilogy"

Installation of object, photography and performance

Shima (Brazil)

"Testimonies", Photography and videos



Hermann Nitsch (Austria)

Videos "122. Aktion" (2005), "The Making Of: Mit Leib und Seelen" (2010) and "130. Aktion" (2010)




Jill Orr (Australia)

"The Promised Land", Photography, plywood boat and sound installation (2012).




Videos from "Metanoia" (2012)





Snezana Golubovic (Serbia/Germany)

Video "Counting - 10 durational performances in 10 minutes" (2011)





Zierle&Carter (UK)

Photography "Encounters: The Arrival" (2011)




Blair Todd (UK)

"Performance Transition - A live art exhibition project"

Boris Nieslony (Germany)

Helena Goldwater (UK)

"The Behaviour of 'Intimacy'"

Ilija Soskic (Montenegro/Italy)

Lee Wen (Singapore) in conversation with Macarena Perich Rosas (Chile)

Prem Sarjo (Chile) in conversation with David Dalla Venezia (France/Italy)





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