with Maria Angeli, Rowan Hellier and Ingrid Goetlicher.
For Month of Performance Art, MOMENTUM curates a month-long program of Performance Sundays entitled WORKS ON PAPER. This exhibition series inverts usual assumptions, inviting performance artists to use paper both as form and as content; not as a blank slate upon which to create, but as a dynamic building block with which to create. Bringing together a diverse group of international artists based in Berlin, MOMENTUM invites them to work on paper and with paper to activate all the possibilities of the medium in unexpected ways. Working through durational performance, instruction pieces, physical and social architecture, live performance in dialogue with video performance, and a diversity of individual practices, WORKS ON PAPER invokes the breadth of performance art to reimagine paper: this most traditional of artistic media.
Empress of Sorrow is a work that contemplates the body of a being enchained by pattern; the fate of this being’s family writes itself into the body as if it were a blank sheet of paper, with the body of the woman becoming host of the family’s patterned desire to be. The white fabric used in the performance acts as the herald of such a pattern. It tells the story and spins it at the same time.
Video shot and edited by Dian Zagorchinov with Igor Dimitri