Gender Check, VASTAL, Performance in Crisis and Gaudenz B. Ruf Award Shortlist

Gender Check, VASTAL, Performance in Crisis and Gaudenz B. Ruf Award Shortlist

Date posted: 2010-01-12 09:59:00


Boryana Rossa participated in the exhibition "Gender Check" at MUMOK, Viena, performed at VASTAL program by Adam Zaretsky for the Waag and the Bouwkeet van Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, for Exit Art, NY performance art series "Performance in Crisis" and was shortlisted for the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award, Sofia.

Gender Check
How were workers depicted on Socialist posters? How were male "heroes" portrayed in officially sanctioned art in Romania in the 1960s? How did female artists see themselves during the transition period after 1989? How do images impact on our view of the sexes? Gender Check reflects ideas of masculinity and femininity in the former Communist bloc. Twenty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, this project considers how men and women were depicted in the art of Eastern Europe. A six-month research project in 24 countries collected images from various archives and museums and brought them together for the first time. The research, the exhibition, a symposium and the catalogue Gender Check look at both official and unofficial art from the Baltics to the Caucasus, from the 1960s to the decisive events of 1989 to the present, and demonstrate how it tackled gender.

"Bioart: Adam Zaretsky VASTAL Bouwkeet Take Over!"
Performances and lectures by Zoot Derks, Jeanette Groenendaal, Sarah Hamilton, Kira O'Reilly, Oleg Mavromatti, Boryana Rossa, Warbear, Adam Zaretsky at Theatrum Anatomicum at the Waag and Bouwkeet van Stedelijk Museum. VASTAL, VivoArts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd., is a temporary research and education institute of Adam Zaretsky and Waag Society.

PERFORMANCE IN CRISIS

October 2 – December 19, 2009
Performance in Crisis is a series of site-specific performative responses to the many crises in the global society from a particular view of the artists' aesthetic. Often it is a presentation of an extreme action. These "performances with a purpose" are a radical and profound look at the art of performance / actions. Exit Art is doing this project to make space for the urgent matters of our culture in crisis.
The upcoming solo retrospective exhibition by Guatemalan performance artist Regina Jose Galindo will be the inauguration of the Performance in Crisis program. These performances will happen over three months at Exit Art, using Galindo's performance work as a point of departure. The performances will be documented with photography and video which will become part of the exhibition both in the gallery and on the web, creating a shifting installation each week over the three months. What begins as a solo exhibition will become a collective expression of performance in crisis; the Galindo presentation will merge with the works in Performance in Crisis and continue to evolve in the space until the program ends on December 19, 2009.
These performances / actions will examine our cultural condition and respond urgently to the monumental challenges we currently face, from health care reform to immigration laws, to the horror of war and the manipulation of banks, from the poisoning of the environment to the corruption in our government. Performance in Crisis confronts these issues, exposing them and encouraging further response.


Performance in Crisis conceived and curated by Papo Colo with Associate Curator Herb Tam.

The Gaudenz B. Ruf Award
was set up in 2007 by a Swiss national who lived in Bulgaria from 1995 to 2000, during which time he became acquainted with the rich cultural life of the country and convinced of its artistic potential. The Award is financed through a fund established in Switzerland. The aim of the Award is to promote and propagate artistic expression in Bulgaria in the field of visual arts and to focus in particular on the younger generation. The Award is granted annually to a young and to an advanced artist, within the framework of a competition.

 

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