Asian Performance is extremely peculiar and exquisite at the same time. The South Korean one is the crème de la crème of this global region. A piquancy of versatile vagaries, total frivolity, an awareness of the body – culturally elaborated in teak-won-do, a poetic minimalism with its roots in hyannga, technological fascinations with their roots in Hyundai, the exquisite care taken with respect to each and every scenic detail. All these are to be expected on the 5th of September at the Marta Shefter Gallery in Krakow, where we will have the pleasure of taking part in the performances of 4 outstanding Korean performers from Gwangju: Gim Gwang Cheol, Park Kyeong Hwa, Beak Zong Roc, Yu Myeong Sang.
Performing the Present is Marta Shefter Gallery’s new programme that focuses on ephemeral and performative activities, consisting in spontaneous organisations of performances, meetings, lectures and happenings. We will invite our artist acquaintances and friends, living in or only passing through Krakow, to a communal collaboration in a continuous process. Meanwhile, we are endlessly open to any-and-all proposals. The cycle of encountering performance emerges in response to the needs and expectations of performance artists themselves, who very often abound in ideas, energy and creativity, but happen to be lacking in a space where they could conduct their experiments. We would like to build a community and an egalitarian meeting platform for performance artists, theorists and enthusiasts. We wish to extend as well as explode our gallery space, not to plan, to disenchant space, and focus on the ‘here and now’.
curator: Arti Grabowski