Urban Performance Workshop
During this public performance workshop, participants will discuss the history and meaning of such concepts as performance, site-specificity, community, and public space, as well as become acquainted with Gaza House of Culture’s social, cultural, and historical background. The artists’ discussions will culminate in a series of performances of their own, where they will use their bodies as tools to make artistic statements. The final performances developed in class will be presented September 23–26 at Art Prospect at the House of Culture Creative Cluster.
The workshop also included Zoom lectures by American curators and artists Tavia LaFollette and Justin Hoover. Through an autoethnographic lens, Dr. La Follette looked at site-specific installation and performance, examining her own path as a director/curator and the work of other practitioners with similar border-crossing and cultural evolutionary ideologies. Justin Hoover discussed performance art using the body and connections to cultural heritage in his performance work and his curatorial work. He talked about social practice and how he build in structures of public engagement into his programming. This talk encompased both his personal work as an artist and his work as a curator and the director of Collective Action Studio.
The workshops are supported by Third Place.
Olya Kroytor is a performance artist. She is a graduate of Moscow State Pedagogical University, where she studied Art and Graphic Design, as well as the Moscow Museum of Modern Art’s Free Workshops program and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Kroytor was nominated for the Kandinsky Prize in 2012 (Best Young Artist) and the Kuryokhin Award in 2014 (Best Work of Public Art), winning the Kandinsky Prize for Project of the Year in 2015 for her performance The Fulcrum. In 2016, she was a Brodsky Foundation Fellow. In 2020, she was ranked seventh in The Art Newspaper Russia’s list of most promising Russian artists.