Performance

Justene Williams

The Curtain Breathed Deeply

Justene Williams The Curtain Breathed Deeply | Events Calendar
Justene Williams, The Joy of Life After Matisse/Madonna/Marcel, 2014; photo courtesy of the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Australia.


Tribeca / Downtown

Performa | 47 Walker St.

Run time: Approx 2hrs
FREE

For Performa 15, Australian artist Justene Williams reimagines The Curtain Breathed Deeply, a lavish, sensorial installation that overwhelms the senses.

This expansive installation combines video performance with multifaceted mise-en- scènes comprised of handmade sets, costumes and sculptural elements that immerse the audience and create a space of complicit spectatorship. First premiered at Artspace, Sydney in 2014, The Curtain Breathed Deeply blends ritualistic practices from Shamanism, Voodoo and Modernist primitivism with art historical giants—Picasso, Leger, Klein, Flavin, and Kahlo—and a range of pop cultural influences from hip hop, Milli Vanilli, to musicals, as well as and objects and images appropriated from a stereotypical Western Sydney suburban lifestyle. Drawing from her training in dance, fine art, photography and video, as well as her personal history, Williams amasses a collection of visual and aural curiosities that seduce audiences through a wealth of patterns, colours, textures and tonalities.



Additional Performances:

Tue Nov 17, 2015 12:00 PM

Wed Nov 18, 2015 12:00 PM

Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:00 PM

Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:00 PM

Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:00 PM

Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:00 PM