Embodied: Performance & Documentary

6. November 2015 to 6. December 2015

Photo: Samson Kambalu, Nyau Cinema, 2014. Copyright Samson Kambalu. Courtesy Stevenson Gallery.

With the exhibition Embodied, Nikolaj Kunsthal and CPH:DOX present major recent works by influential international artists investigating the relationship of documentary, art and performance. Curated by London-based independent curator and producer Jacqui Davies.

Participating artists:

Katarzyna Badach & Alfredo Ramos Fernández, Yael Bartana, Jérôme Bel, Richard Billingham, Chim↑Pom, Tacita Dean, Coco Fusco, Louis Henderson, Samson Kambalu, Martha Rosler, Zina Saro-Wiwa and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. 

Embodied presents a series of encounters between documentary and performance. Seeking to go beyond the question of authenticity that is initially raised by this intersection, Embodied considers performance a process of re-enactment, re-presentation, mediation, and of staging reality. The exhibition considers ideas such as the individual subject as a discursive (documentary) practice, counter-performances, exhibitionism, and unconscious performance.

Linking these various ideas together is an intimated questioning of the tension between fiction and reality within documentary. Rather than permitting the illusory ability of this genre to present a concrete reality, Embodied takes viewers beyond the here and now of the document and into an alternative temporality, one that is accessed via various performative devices which place the medium of the body at their core. The works in the exhibition therefore present the documented body as both a subject and an object; in action and acted upon. 

List of works:

Katarzyna Badach and Alfredo Ramos Fernández
Surfing Buena Vista
Duration: 3:30

Yael Bartana
Pardes (Orchard)
Duration: 71:00

Jérôme Bel
Véronique Doisneau
Duration: 32:09

Richard Billingham
Duration: 33:41

KI-AI 100 (100 Cheers)
Duration: 10:30

Tacita Dean
Event for a Stage
Duration: 49:33

Coco Fusco
Operation Atropos
Duration: 59:00

Louis Henderson
Lies More Real Than Reality
Performance (13th November 2015)
Duration: 35:00 (approx.)

Samson Kambalu
Psychogeographical Nyau Cinema
Duration: 1:00, looping

Martha Rosler
Martha Rosler Reads Vogue
Duration: 25:22

Zina Saro-Wiwa
Mourning Class: Nollywood
Duration: 20:32

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Events during the exhibition period:
Opening: Thursday November 5, 5-8pm.
Q&A with participating artist Zina Saro-Wiwa.

Friday November 13, 2.30pm
Panel discussion with Yael Bartana, Luis Henderson and Samson Kambalu. Moderated by Jacqui Davies. Performance: Louis Henderson: Lies More Real Than Reality. The panel discussion takes place at the DFI Cinematheque.

Short bio: Jacqui Davies

Since 1997 Jacqui Davies has worked internationally with artists on projects involving film and video, across all platforms- producing, commissioning and curating projects for television, galleries, site-specific, stage, cinema and online. She was independent producer of ANIMATE! from 2004, co-founding Animate Projects, which built on the Arts Council England / Channel 4 commissioning programme. As Head of Production and Gallery Exhibition she commissioned projects including A Letter to Uncle Boonmee and Phantoms of Nabua by Apichatpong Weerasethakul as part of the PRIMITIVE project , and Unfolding the Aryan Papers, Jane & Louise Wilson. Davies produced 25 artists’ films for RANDOM ACTS, Channel 4 (co-commissioned with FACT, Liverpool). She is the Producer of Ben Rivers' feature THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS, and id producer on Richard Billingham's up-coming first feature RAY & LIZ.