Three generations of women artists will perform in Perth Concert Hall’s Threshold artspace and Norie-Miller Studio on Tuesday 8 March as part of International Women’s Day 2016.
3G: Three Generations of Women Artists Perform features one-off live performances by Serbian-born/Berlin-based artist Tanja Ostojić and Polish artist Karolina Kubik.
Naked Life by Tanja Ostojić draws attention to the racism and exclusion faced by the Roma community in Europe. The performance consists of the artist reading the stories of different Roma families from the reports on deportations and simultaneously taking her clothes off. Ending up completely naked at the end of the performance, Ostojić symbolically demonstrates the vulnerability of bare life.
Polish artist Karolina Kubik was born only few years before the fall of communism in Eastern Europe. In Stick Piece, the audience becomes a part of the performance as Kubik uses poles to create links between her and participating bystanders.
Alongside Tanja and Karolina’s one-woman live art performances, audiences will be able to see a rare, one-off screening of Natalia LL’s iconic work Consumer Art (1972-1975), courtesy of the artist and lokal_30 Gallery in Warsaw. The series of photos and videos of models interacting with various food items has become an iconic work of feminist art.
Single and multi-channel works from the permanent Horsceross Arts collection by Estonian-born/London-based artist Mare Tralla, Bosnian artist Lala Raščic and Polish artist Julita Wójcik will also be presented in the context of the current Threshold artspace exhibition; Interval.
Dr. Catherine Spencer, lecturer in History of Art from the University of St. Andrews, and Dr. Amy Bryzgel, lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen, will give a talk about the live performances and the artworks on display. Iliyana Nedkova, creative director for contemporary art for Horsecross Arts will give a curator’s guided tour of Interval – the exhibition which explores performance art and the relationship between theatre and visual arts while encouraging a debate about the past, present and future of Perth Theatre.
Iliyana Nedkova said:
“I am really looking forward to this line up of strong women artists and art historians coming together for an intellectually stimulating celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March at Threshold artspace – Perth’s one-of-a-kind museum of contemporary art. Having grown up on the other side of Europe where Eighth of March was a women’s rights ‘institution’ embraced by all every year, I am very pleased that we have conceived an event where not only generations but also the ideologies of East and West will meet while we rediscover the relationship between performance art and feminism.”
Amy Bryzgel said:
“I am delighted that Tanja Ostojić and Karolina Kubik will be staging their performances in Perth Concert Hall, and thrilled with the cooperation from Natalia LL and the lokal_30, which has enabled us to bring her iconic work to Scotland. This promises to be an exciting event, with a range of different artistic engagements with issues of gender and equality.”
Co-curated by Amy Bryzgel, Iliyana Nedkova and Denisa Tomkova the free International Women’s Day event takes place from 4pm in Perth Concert Hall’s Threshold artspace and Norie-Miller Studio on Tuesday 8 March. Advance booking is essential through Horsecross Arts Box Office and online. The performances are limited to over 18s due to sexual content/nudity.