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Mirror Piece I and II (1969-70/2024)

Joan Jonas

Mirror Piece I and II (1969-70/2024) Sat 10 Feb Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) $22
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Born in 1936 in New York, where she continues to live and work, Joan Jonas is one of the most significant artists in the history of video and performance art. Since the 1960s, she has placed female subjectivity at the centre of her work, employing a complex repertoire of leitmotifs, gestures and iteration in her storytelling.

As part of Joan’s first solo exhibition in Australia, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts presents two performances of Mirror Piece I and II (1969-70/2024). Under the direction of Joan and her movement director, Nefeli Skarmea, 15 local artists undertake this 30-minute performance exploring gender hierarchies, the power of the gaze and notions of perception and representation. A gentle feminist reclaiming of the mirror as a powerful tool for female expression, this live performance work is both political and powerful.

Joan Jonas’ practice is the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2024. Recent solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2022), Dia Art Foundation, Beacon, New York (2021) and Tate, London (2018). Joan has represented the United States of America at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and has participated in Documenta several times, most recently in Documenta XIII in Kassel, Germany (2012). 

One of the most significant artists in the history of video and performance, Joan Jonas was born in 1936 in New York, where she lives and works.

Beginning in the 1960s, Jonas placed female subjectivity at the center of her work, employing a complex linguistic repertoire including gestures, storytelling and images in movement. A tireless experimenter she explores the possibilities inherent to the interdisciplinary nature of art, a characteristic that has made her a point of reference for a young generation of artists. Over time, she has established an intense relationship of exchange in collaborations with visual artists such as Peter Campus and Richard Serra, the performer Ragani Haas and musicians Alvin Curran and Jason Moran. The continuous renewal and transpositions of the media Jonas experiments with sources from fairy tales to essays, from myths to local folklore and relate newly to contemporary life, both poetically and politically.

Institutions that have hosted solo shows by Joan Jonas include: Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (2022); Dia Art Foundation, Beacon, New York (2021); Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain (2020); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, San Paolo, Brasil (2020); Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan, organized by Inamori Foundation (2019); Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2019); Tate Modern, London, UK (2018); Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston (2017); NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore (2016); Fundacion Botin, Santander, Spain (2016); HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy (2014); Sigmund Freud Museum, Wien, Austria (2006); Le Plateau e Jeu de Paume / Hotel de Sully, Paris, France (2005); Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago (2004); Queens Museum of Art, New York (2003); Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany (2000); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (1994).

Her work has been included in group exhibitions such as: at dawn, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, Germany (2022); The Imperament Display II, LUMA Foundation, Arles, France (2022); AQUARIA. Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea, MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal (2021); The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2021); The Unexpected Subject. 1978 Art and Feminism in Italy, FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy (2019); The Long Run, MoMA The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2017); DO DISTURB, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015). Among other institution that shown works by Joan Jonas: The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain (2010); La Biennale di Venezia (2009), Venice, Italy; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (2009); Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2006); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2006); Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Chicago (2004); P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2003); Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York (2001); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1995).//In 2015 Jonas represented the United States at the 56th Venice Biennale. She has taken part in Documenta V, VI, VII, VIII, XI, XIII in Kassel, Germany. In 2019 the artist received the prestigious Kyoto Prize and in 2009 she obtained the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Time & Location

Sat 10 Feb

10am & 4.30pm Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA), 51 JAMES STREET, PERTH / YANDILUP

Duration

30mins

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    • General Admission: $22
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Post Show Q&A

After the final performance of Mirror Piece I & II, don’t miss the opportunity to hear from the artistic team about the context of the work and the process of reimagining it for PICA’s galleries. 

5pm Sat 10 Feb | PICA Central Galleries

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  • Thinking Performance, Joan Jonas Mirror Piece Performance Reconfigured (1969/2010), performers from the Hunter college MFA program in studio at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in New York, NY.

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