On 17, Mar 2012 | In News | By admin
Performance by Marta Jovanovic at Location One
Wednesday, May 16, at 7PM
FREE and open to the public
Location One is proud to invite you to Requiem, a performance by Marta Jovanovic on
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7pm.
In Requiem, Marta Jovanovic claims the place for women in the male “pantheon.” In
this funeral-like performance, Jovanovic will create a fake wake, symbolically
positioning herself inside the Pazzi Chapel, in the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce, in
Florence, where the tombs of great artists, writers, architects, and major thinkers from
the humanist era, such as Michelangelo Buonarotti, Dante Alighieri, Nicolò Machiavelli,
Filippo Brunelleschi, among others, are buried. The Church of Santa Croce is known
also as the Temple of the Italian Glories.
With witty verve and a sense of humor, this performance proposes the equality of the
sexes, which has been proscribed by the Church since the Renaissance era–the
glorious time of Italy as the site for the birth of humanism, artists’ individuality, and
private patronage. Jovanovic’s original performance was envisioned to be in situ at the
Chapel Pazzi, but the project was rejected by the Church at its original location, which
attests to the fact that even today the topic is still a taboo.
The photographs used in the wall projections for Requiem are by the Italian artist
Marinella Paolini and the original project was conceived by the artist in conjunction with
the curator Simone Verde.
Born in Belgrade, in 1978, Jovanovic lives and works between London, New York, and
Rome. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 2001 after attending
the Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, in Florence. Provocative works by Jovanovic have been
exhibited in Europe and in the United States in collaboration with other eminent artists
and curators and in institutions such as the Museo Pietro Canonica and Museo della
Civiltà Romana in Rome. Her performance SHOOT ME! was executed at the Benefit for
Marina Abramovic Studio at Location One in New York (2010), while her almost two
meters tall transparent resin sculpture LjubavSrecaIstina (LoveFortuneTruth) was
permanently installed in the garden of the Museum of Yugoslav History (2011). In 2012,
Jovanovic received the Roma Capitale from the City of Rome, an award for high artistic
achievement in representing Serbian culture in Italy. Jovanovic is represented by BOSI
Artes Gallery, in Rome, and Bosi Contemporary, in New York.
P.S. The audience will be greeted by members of the church. Appropriate funeral attire
For press inquiries, please contact Heather Wagner at email@example.com
Location One is extremely grateful to The NY State Council on the Arts, The New York
City Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Location One International Committee for
making this event possible.
ABOUT LOCATION ONE
Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit
organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural
exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and
workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media,
Location One’s residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse
and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment
providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as
exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the
spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.
Read & download the “Requiem” press release here.