What you’ve always been too shy to ask – “What is performance art?…”
When discontented with conventional forms of art – like painting, drawing and sculpture – artists often turn to performance to rejuvenate their work. In this genre art is presented “live,” usually by the artist, solo or with collaborators or performers. Performance art has been part of avant-garde art throughout the 20th century and important in anarchic movements like Futurism and Dada. It began to flourish after modernism and Abstract Expressionism declined in the 1960s. And is still practiced across the world. It’s often particularly focused on the body and referred to as “Body art”. – source:wwwtheartstory.org
Experience it at:
The Henry George Gallery, on Thurs 27 September from 6pm at the opening of Isambulo/Revelations group exhibition of paintings, drawings and conceptual photographs by the Amasosha (otherwise known as the “Soldiers of Art”.)
What: A short performance piece about seeing what’s invisible to others – by Thalente Khomo (23). – A female South African conceptual photographer from Durban’s South Coast. This will happen in the gallery, amongst guests, while they view the many artworks.
Imagine: Allowing Thalente’s performance to help you see through the eyes of a bride … where the white dress symbolises transformation and you begin to archive blurred images of expectations and people (who are all a part of yourself). Only to realise, what you’ve ignored and how it’s affected your identity … and you then try remember all the faces you’ve seen in a world covered by veils of dreams, lies, joys and inhabited by tortured souls…