Artists Space: THE HEART OF YOUR MOTHER FOR MY DOGS - 17 Mar 2009 to 21 Mar 2009
THE HEART OF YOUR MOTHER FOR MY DOGS
March 17 - March 21, 2009
A live performance by
As part of the ongoing series When Time Becomes Form
Opening Reception Tuesday, March 17, 6pm
On view March 17 - 21 from 12-6pm
The Shape & The Blade
Saturday, March 14, 6pm
A conversation about the borders between life, action, performance and psychosis.
With Marina Abramovic and Joan Jonas
Moderated by Davide Balliano
No registration. Please arrive early for a seat.
Artists Space is pleased to announce a new durational performance by Davide Balliano opening on Tuesday, March 17th with a reception from 6-8pm. The performance will remain on view from 12-6pm daily through Saturday, March 21.
Davide Balliano’s work, The Heart of Your Mother for My Dogs, whose title derives from the song “The Ballad of Blind Love” by Italian artist Fabrizio De Andre, presents a tragic tableau vivant of unrequited love. This scenario acts as a platform for an investigation of the biological manifestations of hell, described by the artist as revolving around three central themes: darkness, coldness and loneliness. Inspired by a past conversation with a Catholic priest and full-time exorcist at the Vatican in Rome, the artist articulates these themes as embodying the sole shared sensations amongst victims of possession. Through abstract forms and actions, Balliano’s performance makes visible the dark shadows of the human soul.
The performance is preceded by a panel discussion entitled The Shape & The Blade, scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 14 at 6pm. The panel will include Marina Abramovic and Joan Jonas with Balliano acting as moderator. The conversation will address the borders between life, action, performance, and psychosis. No registration is required.
Davide Balliano (b. 1983, Turin, Italy) lives and works in New York. His work has been presented internationally, including the Kitakyushu Biennial (Japan) and the Vienna Biennale (Austria), and is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography of Cinisello Balsamo (Milan). In 2008 he was awarded the Price Riccardo Pezza Prize. He is represented by Jarach Gallery (Venice) and collaborates with Marc de Puechredon Gallery (Basel). This is his first exhibition in New York.
When Time Becomes Form is an ongoing performance series of long-durational work curated by Marina Abramovic for Artists Space. Inaugurated in the Spring of 2007, the series consists of distinct, but interrelated, durational performances. Each of these five-day performances explores and questions issues of concentration, will power, and determination.
About Artists Space
One of the first alternative spaces in New York, Artists Space was founded in 1972 to support contemporary artists working in the visual arts, video and electronic media, performance,architecture and design. The mission of Artists Space is to support artistic experimentation and dialog in contemporary culture.