Alperoa, "Tattoo for Venice" (2012). Tattoo by Daniel Campos | 13Agujas Tatuajes.
Photograph by Cristian Beroíza
III VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK took place at European
Cultural Centre | Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Michiel in Venice, December
10-17, 2016 under the focus Fragile Body – Material Body. It concluded the trilogy project following the first two editions Hybrid Body – Poetic Body and Ritual Body – Political Body that took place in December 2012 (Palazzo Bembo), and in December 2014 (Palazzo Mora and Palazzo Michiel).
The live art exhibition project dedicated to contemporary performance art showcased in its third edition works of over 80 international performance artists
from around the globe, some of which presented in cooperation with
prestigious cultural institutions and foundations. Pioneers of this art
discipline exhibited and performed alongside established and emerging
artists, reflecting influences and current tendencies in the field.
The project consists of an exhibition of performance installations, photographic and video documentation as well as vibrant program of live performances, talks, screenings and meetings with the participating artists,
researchers and curators.
this third edition with the focus Fragile Body – Material Body, the
works present physical, mental and spiritual bodies as primary material
of artistic expression, aiming to investigate a wide range of concepts
pertinent to the art forms of performance art, Live art and Body Art,
such as: authenticity, living entities and their relations towards one
another; fragility and vulnerability of the individual and of the social
relationships; mental and spiritual states rendered through liminal
physical and corporeal manifestation; as well as encouraging questions
around the post-organic transformations and mutations to which we
subject the human body.
The presence of human beings in this
world is always more than a temporary condition: the communication that
can be triggered between artists and the audience is an essential
element. The topics addressed during the week will relate to the need to
look at social relations and the lives of individuals with greater
Due to the specificity of this edition's theme Fragile
Body – Material Body, the live performances and works on display also
seek to provide reflection and further considerations on how to find
meaningful mechanisms to foster positive change through contemporary
culture and art in a vital way.
The ART WEEK BLOG includes with reflections, features and interviews by our residence writers.