A PROJECT BY VestAndPage
VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK is the independent live art exhibition project conceived, initiated and curated by artist duo VestAndPage, 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 project in its premises in Venice.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK is a free admission, non funded, nonprofit, and noncommercial cultural project, 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.
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, 2016).
project aims to promote the practices of performance art on a local, national
and international scale, with an exhibition and live program exclusively dedicated to them, and the
related 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 project 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.
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 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 year's edition, 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.
EXHIBITION: Yoko Ono, VALIE EXPORT, Hermann Nitsch, Jan Fabre, Gabriela Alonso, Santiago Cao, David Dalla Venezia, Francesca Fini, Francesco Kiàis, Andrea Morucchio, Nelda Ramos, Shima, Manuel Vason, Marcus Vinicius, VestAndPage LIVE & EXHIBITION PROGRAM: Alperoa, BBB Johannes Deimling, Helena Goldwater, Snežana Golubović, Jason Lim, Rubiane Maia, Wanda Moretti | Il Posto, Boris Nieslony, Jill Orr, Macarena Perich Rosas, Gonzalo Rabanal, Joseph Ravens, Prem Sarjo, Ilija Šoškić, Suka Off, Weeks & Whitford, Lee Wen, Zierle & Carter. ART WEEK Fringe: Amadeo Abello, Alessandra Bucchi, Samanta Cinquini & Luca Nava, Marita Fox, Micaela Leonardi, Dominique Ploner, Ralf Peters, Marcel Sparmann, Marina Widen. ACCADEMIA DI BELLE ARTI DI VENEZIA: 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.
EXHIBITION: Vito Acconci, Elias Adasme, Alain Arias-Misson, Richard Ashrowan, Jelili Atiku, Adina Bar-On, Artur Barrio, Joseph Beuys, Waldo Bien, Paulo Bruscky, Chris Burden, Angel Delgado, El Siluetazo, Terry Fox, Guillermo Giampietro, Allen Ginsberg, Tehching Hsieh, Zhang Huan, Waldemar Januszczak, Norbert Klassen, Sigalit Landau, Legend Lin Dance Theatre, Juan Loyola, Gastao de Magalhaes, Âhasiw Maskêgon-Iskwêw, Boris Nieslony & Gerhard Dirmoser, Omen Teatar, Clemente Padin, Gina Pane, Leticia Parente, Bob Raymond, Pedro Reyes, Rong Rong, Inder Salim, Rosemberg Sandoval, Carolee Schneemann, Gerry Schum, Adrian Stimson, Ulay, VestAndPage, Paul Wong. LIVE PROGRAM: Andrigo & Aliprandi, Marilyn Arsem, Bean, Tania Bruguera, Barbara Campbell, Shannon Cochrane, Norma Flores, Regina José Galindo, Melissa García Aguirre, Arti Grabowski, Andrea Hackl, Enrique Ježik(, Sandra Johnston, Zai Kuning, La Pocha Nostra, Alastair MacLennan, Jill McDermid, Sarah-Jane Norman, Vela Phelan, Martin Renteria, Olivier de Sagazan, Benjamin Sebastian, Gianni Emilio Simonetti, Terry Smith, Alice Vogler, Julie Vulcan, Wen Yau. ART WEEK Fringe: Eames Armstrong, Ivana Filip, Erik Hokanson, Gabriele Longega, Roberta Orlando, Lissi Sanchez, Stefania Soskic, Olmo Stuppia.
ARTISTS OF HONOUR (LIVE | EXHIBITION | PRESENTATION): Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca, Marilyn Arsem, Giovanni Fontana, Franko B, Antonio Manuel, ORLAN, Stelarc. EXHIBITION: Marina Abramović, Dimitris Alithinos, John Baldessari, Lisa Bufano, John Cage & Klaus vom Bruch, Sophie Calle, Cassils, Panos Charalambou, Thanassis Chondros/Alexandra Katsiani, Coco Fusco & Guillermo Gómez-Peña / Paula Heredia, Ria Hartley, Mona Hatoum, Irwin, Maria Karavela, Maria Klonaris & Katerina Thomadaki, Arrigo Lora Totino, Tran Luong, Ato Malinda, Paul McCarthy, Ana Mendieta, Linda Montano, Charlotte Moorman & Nam June Paik, Andrea Morucchio, Otto Mühl & Hermann Nitsch, Bruce Nauman, OHO Group, Yoko Ono, Leda Papaconstantìnou, Mike Parr, Douglas Quin + Lorne Covington, Pipilotti Rist, Lerato Shadi, Demetrio Stratos, Matej Stupica & Lenka Đorojević, Theodoros,sculptor, VestAndPage, Bill Viola, Andy Warhol & Jørgen Leth, Lawrence Weiner, Jud Yalkut, Mary Zygouri ART WEEK Fringe: Aisha Ryannon Pagnes, Matilde Sambo & Furio Ganz, Wiktoria Wojciechowska. LIVE PROGRAM: Janusz Bałdyga, Evangelia Basdekis, Nathalie Mba Bikoro, Samanta Cinquini & Luca Nava, Helen Cole, Alexander Del Re, Jeannette Ehlers, Nicola Fornoni, Christina Georgiou, Gim Gwang Cheol, gyrl grip, Jeff Huckleberry, Casey Jenkins, Anna Kosarewska, KörperSchafftKlang, Kyrahm + Julius Kaiser, Sara Kostić, jamie lewis hadley, Andrea Marcaccio, Noé Martínez & María Sosa, James McAllister, Johann Merrich, Mladen Miljanović, Martin O'Brien, Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich, Alexandros Plomaritis, Alicia Radage, Preach R Sun, Ivana Ranisavljević, Mauro Sambo, Marcel Sparmann, Suka Off, Susanne Weins & Sašo Vollmaier ART WEEK Fringe: Ronald Bal, Giovanni Barbera, Jin Bells, Bianca Bonaldi, Bruno Camargo, Giorgia De Santi, Giovanna Fattoretto, Gabiele Longega, Giulia Mattera, Valeria Munoz, Rudi Salpietra, Cristiana Zeta Rolla, Jasmin Schaitl, Stefania Soskic, Erica Storer de Araujo, Keike Twisselmann, Cristiano Vignotto.
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