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Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, A Void


Renwick Gallery
45 Renwick Street, 212-609-3535
February 28 - March 29, 2008
Reception: Thursday, February 28, 6 - 9 PM
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Performance + 12 re-enactments by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

During the opening from 6-9 PM, Lilibeth Cuenca will make a live performance of her piece “The Artist’s Song”, followed by re-enact performances by Piero Manzoni, Yves Klein, Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono, Ana Mendieta, and others. “The Artist’s Song” deals with the different positions and genres in art. The film will be presented after the performance.

“A Void” investigates the identity of an artist and questions the authenticity of the art work and the history of art. Performance art has been very radical in its transgressions and has expanded the categories of art. The authenticity of performance art is related to the here-and-now experience. When the performance is over, it can only be experienced through documentation far from the original experience. Even if it is performed again, it will be very different from the original experience, dependent on the artist, the audience, time and context.

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen re-enacts other artists’ performances in her own way. The point of departure is identical, but the experience will be completely different. The historical re-enactments will follow each other without precedent announcement as one long performance. They will be documented and shown on video after the opening. Traces of the performances will also be present as drawings and photographs.

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (b. 1970 in Manila, lives and works in Copenhagen) had a solo exhibition in X-Rummet at Statens Museum for Kunst Copenhagen in 2006, and at Gävle Konstcentrum in Sweden. Furthermore she participated in the Busan and Rauma Balticum Biennales. She was chosen as Artist of the Year 2006 in the year book “Dansk Kunst 06”. In 2007 she will participate in “Global Feminisms”, Brooklyn Museum in New York, with performance and video.
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