Since its inception, Performa has been a leader in commissioning artists whose work has collectively shaped a new chapter in the multi-century legacy of visual artists working in live performance. Founded by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, the organization is dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art, as well as its enormous significance in the international world of contemporary art.
This year, the Biennial examines how artists in several cities on the African continent consider performance as an extension of their creativity in multiple disciplines—music, dance, film, image making—and how each artist takes us into distinct histories and sensibilities. The themes focus on a cross cultural dialogue between Africa and the West, and examine immediate and critical concerns confronting our urban centers, the shifting political and cultural currents of our turbulent world today, and ultimately the role of the arts and of artists in supporting afflicted communities.
The November 1–19, 2017 Biennial will be showcased at locations throughout New York City and commissions Include:
Zanele Muholi (South Africa)
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