MAKE SPACE MAKE DUST - Yingmei Duan and Elana Katz

Yingmei Duan and Elana Katz

Performance: Tuesday 22. May, 7pm
Exhibition: 22 – 30 May, 2012

Yingmei Duan and Elana Katz present Make Space Make Dust, a collaborative performance that works with gravestones as a material.

The artists explore their mutual intrigue with the cultural practice of burial and use of commemorative gravestones, as well as the practice in Germany of making space by removing and disposing of graves at the conclusion of the rental period. This collaboration is largely informed by the family histories of each artist, current cultural practices in dealing with the dead, and confronts the topics of historical perception, modification through time, memory, disappearance, and loss.

This work has been made possible, in part, by the support of Herr Thoralf Rospino of Grana Steinmetzhütte, Berlin.

Yingmei Duan Yingmei Duan is a curious observer who asks questions of all facets of life in order to continuously learn and develop. Much of Yingmei’s performance art explores human instincts such as fear and desires. Various different themes inspire Yingmei and are reflected in her work including examining society and questioning its conventions and human behavior. Yingmei Duan has made her name in numerous national and international exhibitions and festivals including the Venice Biennale (2007), Witworth Art Gallery, MIF Manchester, UK (2009), Haus der Kurlturen der Welt, Berlin (2009), “NON-ALIGNED”, Marina Abramovic Institute West, San Francisco, USA (2010), “NEW TERRITORIES”, Glasgow, Scotland(2011), Hayward Gallery, London (2012).

Elana Katz is an artist working primarily in the mediums of performance and photography. Her most recent work focuses on consciousness of time and historical perception. Working often from a historical basis, Katz’s work confronts cultural conventions, critically examines the complexity that lies within contradictions, and thus aims to create an experience of unlearning the assumed. Her recent grants have included the DAAD Graduate Studies Grant (2010) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2011). She has recently exhibited/performed at The Marina Abramovic Studio at Location One of New York, USA (2011) Content @ Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan (2011), and Musée Royaux des Beaux Arts de Belgique, Belgium (2011), and the Freies Museum Berlin, Germany (2012).