13 June – 23 August 2020
Mercedes Azpilicueta (born 1981 in Argentina).
Donna Kukama (born 1981 in South Africa)
Hwayeon Nam (born 1979 in Korea)
Alexandra Pirici (born 1982 in Romania)
Performance in itself, in its various and diverse forms, is not new to the art world, and we can trace its origins to the early 20th century. Nevertheless, what is interesting today is how despite this long tradition of the use of performance by artists, it is still somehow at odds with the operational structures and practices intrinsic to museums and galleries. It is only in the past fifteen years that art institutions around the world are creating positions, departments, spaces and collection strategies specifically devoted to performance art. How to exhibit, document, and preserve performance is still challenging for institutions that were originally conceived for exhibiting, collecting and preserving objects and not the performative itself. The distinctions between the actual live performance and its documentation, and the relationship between these and their respective audiences, is today, due to the availability of technology and the economic drivers behind the international art market, contested and blurred. What constitutes the actual artwork, and what is contextual material and or documentation of the work itself, has been in recent years the subject of fruitful and interesting debates by artists, curators, academics and art professionals alike.
The summer show at Lunds konsthall this year will explore these issues by showcasing the work of four international artists using performance in their practice. They have been chosen for their particular approaches and their intention to contest what is perceived and defined as performance, thus engaging with exhibition practices, spaces; and with audiences in new ways.
In the context of the exhibition, we will be showing performances by three artists in the exhibition.
Molecular Love: Act 2 by Mercedes Azpilicueta, directed by Maria Naidu.
Every Saturday during the exhibition period between 2–4 pm.
Monument to Work by Alexandra Pirici outdoor performance.
Last days of the exhibition, 22 and 23 August.
The Garden of Excuses Too by Donna Kukama is an outdoor tea room and green house in the inner yard for the visitors. In collaboration with the Botanical Garden, Lund University.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism of Korea, Korea Arts Management Service, and the grant program Fund for Korean Art Abroad; and the support of the Public Art Agency Sweden.