On the border: Identities – GNNR (Gender, Nature, Nationalities, Revolutions)

An interesting performances will take place on October 17 in the courtyard of the Odessa Modern Art Museum.

[I]dentity is never a priori, nor a finished product; it is only ever the problematic process of access to an image of totality.

(Bhabha 1994:51)

This is it is a continuation of an intensive three-day seminar on long-term performance. With its help, participants explored various aspects of their personality, expanded their spiritual and physical boundaries and created their own long-term performances. Workshop mentor is Vera Iona Papadopoulou, performance artist and director. She has collaborated with Marina Abramovich (GARAGE- Museum of Contemporary Art: Marina Abramovic – The Artist is Present, 2011), with Yoko Ono (MOMA and GARAGE: Yoko Ono Morning Peace, 2015) and has participated in many group and solo exhibitions.

Taking as a starting point postmodern conceptions of identities as fluid, multidimensional, personalised social constructions that reflect sociohistorical contexts, the exhibition ON BORDER: IDENTITIES – GNNR (Gender, Nature, Nationalities, Revolutions) approaches identity issues related to gender, ethnicity, and nature through a series of Long-Durational performances.

Through an intensive, three-day Long-Durational Performance workshop animated by Vera Iona Papadopoulou and organised by the Museum of Odessa Modern Art, five emerging Ukrainian performers explore aspects of their identity, testing and expanding their spiritual and physical boundaries.

Their performances will be hosted in two upcoming events in Ukraine and Greece.

Vera Iona Papadopoulou

Performances will take place on October 17 in the courtyard of the Museum of Odessa Modern Art, and then, in the form of a photo, the exhibition will travel to Greece, where it will be hosted in the artist-run project space K85, at the center of Athens on November 13. The exhibition is organised by Contemporary Art Institute – IST (Athens, Greece) and the Museum of Odessa Modern Art, curated by Anna Stroulia and Vera Iona Papadopoulou.

Participating performers: Evgen Bal, Hanna Bakhtadze, Alisa Larant, Maryna Semenkova, Veronika Skobenina. Project curated by: Tatiana-Margarita Siui.

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