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Revolve closer - Swedish and international performance art at Uppsala Art Museum 3-4 May

3-4 May, 2019
Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden

Two days focusing on Swedish and international performance art - condensed, tactile and in process. Seven performance artists are invited to this annual festival Gregory Hari (CH), Moa Franzén (SE), Sara Gebran (VZ/DK), Éva Mag (SE/RO), Mira Mutka (SE), Deva Schubert (DE) and  Andros Zins-Browne (US/BE). Revolve closer take place at Uppsala Art Museum and are curated by Köttinspektionen Dans and Uppsala Art Museum. 

Revolve closer is an invitation to encounter performance art close up. The festival presents artists and artistic processes that negotiate in different ways, their immediate surroundings, where materials like memories, movements, clay or fluids, are being investigated in relation to the subject, and where personal histories together make up the collective. Questions are raised about intimacy and its relation to the political, acknowledging our private bodies as part of larger collective bodies. Where does my own body end and society start? Where do they intertwine?

In addition, each artist is invited to “zoom-in” on one aspect of their work in an artist talk or conversation, an opportunity both for the audience and the artists to get closer to the artistic processes and ideas behind the works.

Rebecka Wigh Abrahamsson, Uppsala Art Museum
Kajsa Wadhia och Tove Salmgren, Köttinspektionen Dans

Gregory Hari (CH)
Moa Franzén (SE)
Sara Gebran (VZ/DK)
Éva Mag (SE/RO)
Mira Mutka (SE)
Deva Schubert (DE)
Andros Zins-Browne (US/BE)

Revolve Performance Art Days is an annual festival that started in 2016. The festival takes on different formats from year to year according to curatorial ideas and participating collaborators. The network of collaborators include: Uppsala Art Museum, Köttinspektionen Dans, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Uppsala City Theatre and Gustaf Broms.

The festival is organized in collaboration with the Region County of Uppsala, the Cultural Department/the Adviser for the Visual Arts, Sensus and is supported by Uppsala Municipality’s Cultural Committee.

Moa Franzén (b. 1985) is an artist and writer based in Stockholm. Her practice encircles writing and performance and places itself in and between visual arts, choreography and literature. Franzen’s work evolves around the relation between language and violence, rhetoric and ideology, body, power and vulnerability – most often with writing as the base, voice as the tool and performance as form. She often works in curatorial collaborations, and her works appear as often on the printed page as on the stage. Franzén has an MFA in New Performative Practices from DOCH.

Mira Mutka (b.1978) works within the field of choreography, dance, production and teaching, often by initiating, discussing and sharing practices. Mira has an MFA in New Performative Practices from DOCH 2015, where she (in various collaborations) developed Gait, Slowathon and Slothing, practices who emerged from an interest in exploring walks, slowness and black holes. Recent and current collaborators include Scenkonst Sörmland, The Cullberg Ballet, Together Alone, etc., collaborations in which she has taken the role as performer, dancer, choreographer, rehearsal assistant, producer and/or choreography assistant.

Sara Gebran has a BA/MA in Urban planning at University Simón Bolivar Venezuela (1987), dance studies at Instituto Superior de Danza Caracas (1992) and Post-Studies in The History of Images and its Representation at The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2013). Her works are situated within performance art, exploring medias such as video, sound, text, digital works, and finding sustainable ways to produce and create art works that generate genuine autonomy and collaboration.

Éva Mag (b. 1979) received her artistic education at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm where she graduated in 2015. Beside sculpture Mag also works with performance art and social projects. Recently she has been a part of the group shows New Materialism, Bonniers konsthall and the Moderna Exhibition, Moderna Museet or as set designer in MILF at MDT with Nadja Hjorton. In 2015 Éva Mag was the Anna-Lisa Thomson Grant recipient and one of her sculptures On all four #1, belongs to the Uppsala Art Museum collections and is on display on floor 4.

Andros Zins-Browne (b. 1981, New York) is an American choreographer who lives and works between New York City and Brussels. He makes performances at the intersection of installation and dance that twist virtuality and embodiment. His work has been shown at a.o.- Centre Pompidou, Paris; ICA, London; Kaaitheater, Brussels, Het Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the 10th Berlin Biennale and the MoMA, New York City. His solo performance Already Unmade, where he practices the ‘unmaking’ of his own performance archive, was commissioned by the Boghossian Foundation and has been performed at BOZAR Museum, Brussels; The Whitney Museum in New York, the Rockbund Museum in Shanghai, and the Fondation Galeries Lafayette for Festival d’Automne in Paris. In 2013, he founded The Great Indoors, an association for artistic research and production.

Deva Schubert (b.1991) is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin and Munich. Her work deals with intimacy and the dynamics of interactions as performative means. She studied Dance in Salzburg, Kassel and Copenhagen, Fine Arts at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and Choreography at HZT Berlin. As a dancer she worked for artists like Christoph Winkler, Ivo Dimchev, Shai Faran, Mute Company and Costa Company, performing at the Venice Biennale, Documenta 14, and others.

Gregory Hari (b.1993) is a visual and performance artist, and musician who will graduate with a Master of Arts at the Academy of Art and Design Basel. He studied Fine Arts at F+F School of Art and Design Zurich. Hari has exhibited and performed internationally such as at Tempo_Festival in Rio de Janeiro in 2018. By voice and movement his artwork deals with bodily memory and traditions, belonging, questioning traditional concepts of masculinity.

For further information, please contact:

Rebecka Wigh Abrahamsson, Curator Uppsala Art Museum, +46 18 727 24 84
Kajsa Wadhia, Köttinspektionen Dans, +46 76 273 15 86

Tove Salmgren, Köttinspektionen Dans, +46 70 791 98 44

Eva Björkman, Communication manager, Uppsala Municipality/Uppsala Art Museum, +46 18 727 24 80

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