Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade (MoCA) and VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK present
PERFORMANCE ART FILM PROGRAM
Curated by VestAndPage as part of the Performance Art Program conceived by Marta Jovanović
Museum of Contemporary Art – Auditorium Protić
Starting on Saturday, October 31, 2020
Zoom Press conference on 8 pm, Screening at 8.30 pm
A conversation around Performance art and film between Marta Jovanović and VestAndPage will be streamed live on Friday, October 30, 1 pm
The spread of the pandemic undermines yesterday’s certainty. Systems are failing. Our vulnerabilities emerge and remain exposed as raw flesh. Too many people and artists are now facing unprecedented life hardship. An invisible virus is conspiring against everyone’s health, the most precious gift given to us, while widespread social crises and economic recession rise at every latitude. The past squeezes into the present and forces the future to bounce back. It is as if we were walking on a tightrope with few skills left. Thus, to reach the other side, at least its edge, we take our risk, and we continue, taking care of the breath of performance art, for it inspires our resistance.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK founders and curators VestAndPage have conceived the PERFORMANCE ART FILM PROGRAM at MoCA Belgrade in collaboration with artist Marta Jovanović, curator of the PERFORMANCE ART PROGRAM, to support Serbian emerging performance artists, thus, sensitising the nation’s cultural institutions in this regard during these precarious times.
To explore intersections, metabolisms and contaminations that exist between performance art, filmmaking and docufilm, the Performance Art Film Programwill showcase an original selection of over 30 performance art films: repertoires of acclaimed performance artist pioneers and masters like Hermann Nitsch, ORLAN, Stelarc, Paul McCarthy, Guillermo Gómez-Peña (La Pocha Nostra), Franko B, Ron Athey (the film by Catherine Saalfield), late Chris Burden (the docufilm by Tim Marrinan and Richard Dewey), Lydia Lunch (the movie by Beth B), alongside ground-breaking productions of internationally recognised artists including Jelili Atiku, Francesca Fini, Hugo Glendinning and Adrian Heathfield, Hsiang-Yun Huang and Sun-Ni Ji, late Jon John, Paul King, Kyrahm + Julius Kaiser, Pyotr Pavlensky (the documentary by Irene Langemann), Preach R Sun, VestAndPage, filmmaker Robert Adanto, and awarded art critic Waldemar Januszczak. On the last evening, emerging Serbian performance artists will present their performance-based films and videos specially imagined for this occasion.
The screening of each film will take place every Saturday at 8.30 pm for the next 20 weeks.
The film program is at free admission for a limited audience due to the COVID-19 regulations.
Program Partners: Italian Cultural Institute and Austrian Cultural Forum, Belgrade
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK would like to heartily thank all participating artists and film directors for their generosity and commitment in making their works available for the realization of this program. LINK