Centre for Curatorial Studies MA Exhibition // University of Essex
7 June 2017, 8 – 10pm
Internationally renowned visual artist Lucía Pizzani will be presenting a site-specific performance at the University of Essex, Colchester campus on the 7th of June 2017. The performance will take place from 7 – 10 pm with a reception to take place afterwards at Art Exchange.
The performative action has been choreographed with four University of Essex female students in African wax print textiles suits, designed to measure, that reference natural patterns, like caterpillar women. This new work inspired by her video piece Las Cáscaras (2013) interacts with the grounds of the University by activating the participants in a response towards it and at same time in a relation between them. The action has been carefully taught to happen at dusk with a low light that will diminish on route as the performers travel from the emergence point to the end. They are born individually from a tree, twitching to life, their movements constrained by the cocoon. In the following scenes, the women connect with each other through long swaths of fabric, interacting with the landscape – the trees, the lake, the squares. The act of ridding themselves of the fabric cocoons punctuates a nocturnal end. Pizzani’s performance highlights the female body’s connection to nature, thus questioning norms of gender and corporeality. The “hatching” of the cocoons symbolizes the complex issues surrounding female liberation.
Lucía has been part of several solo and group shows, most recently her solo shows Descent at the House of Egron (Berlin, 2017) and A Garden for Beatrix at Cecilia Brunson Projects (London, 2015) and group exhibitions such as Contralapared at the Espacio Monitor (Caracas, 2016 – 2017). She has received multiple awards such as the Photofusion Hotshoe Award 14, Photofusion (London, 2014), the First Prize at the XII Premio Eugenio Mendoza (Caracas, 2013), and the Emerging Artist Award by the International Art Critics Association (Caracas, 2013), amongst others. Her artwork is represented in the Museum of Latin American Art, MOLAA (USA), the Essex Collection for Art from Latin America, ESCALA (UK), the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, CPPC (Venezuela/USA) and the Colección Juan Yayur (Chile).