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Poetic Performance: The Script and the Voice


Poetic Performance: The Script and the Voice

Monday 20 November 2017
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 0RN

A lecture by Sabine Haensgen, followed by Viktor Misiano in conversation with Sarah Wilson

Dmitri Prigov was an artist, poet, performer and writer. A key figure of the Moscow Conceptualist group, his work has had a lasting influence on subsequent generations of Russian artists (including some of the artists on view at ‘Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism’ Saatchi Gallery, 16 November – 31 December). 2017 marks ten years since the artist’s death in 2007. This one-day celebration includes a seminar considering the ways Prigov’s genre-defining project has proliferated after his death, video screenings and discussions of key aspects of his work. This event complements the exhibition ‘Dmitri Prigov. Theatre of Revolutionary Action’ at Calvert 22 Foundation, and is part of ‘The Future Remains: Revisiting Revolution’ season marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Sabine Haensgen currently leads the research strand ‘Performance Art in Eastern Europe (1950-1990)’ at the University of Zurich. She is a Slavic scholar, cultural and media historian and also works as a translator and curator, and since the mid-1980s she has been participating in the performances of the group “Collective Actions”.

Viktor Misiano is an independent critic and curator based in Moscow and Ceglie Messapica, Italy. His many notable exhibitions of Russian art include exhibitions at Biennales in Venice (1995, 2005), Istanbul (1992) and Sao Paulo (2002, 2004). In 1996 he co-curated the first Manifesta Biennale and from 2010 to 2014 was Chairman of the International Manifesta Foundation. He is the editor-in-chief of the Moscow Art Magazine (Khudozhestvenii Zhurnal).

This event is organised in conjunction with Calvert 22 Foundation, The Prigov Foundation, Friends of the Hermitage UK and the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre (CCRAC). Sponsored by Calvert 22 Foundation, The Prigov Foundation, Friends of the Hermitage UK and The Courtauld Institute of Art.


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