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Swedish Participation at Performa in New York

Four Swedish artists have been invited to participate in the world’s leading performance festival – “Performa”. Sweden and Taiwan are the 2019 focus countries.
Founded in 2004 in New York, the Performa Biennial is the world’s leading festival for performance in the public domain. A few years ago, Performa introduced “Pavilion without Walls”, which provide an opportunity to showcase the most vibrant and significant art from throughout the world. In 2019, the focus is on Sweden and Taiwan.

Swedish performance artists Tarik Kiswanson, Lap-See Lam, Éva Mag and Ylva Snöfrid have been invited to produce new works in connection with “Performa 19”.
The Swedish Pavilion Without Walls is made possible due to a joint declaration of intent between Iaspis/the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Swedish Arts Council, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC.

Financing is provided by Iaspis/the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the Swedish Arts Council, who support collaborations with Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, Hallands Konstmuseum in Halmstad and ICIA – Institute for Contemporary Ideas and Art in Gothenburg, who will coordinate the Swedish participation.

Lap-See Lam’s participation has been made possible through a collaboration between Performa and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

 “Performa 19” runs 1–24 November 2019.


For the Swedish Pavilion, Swedish-Palestinian visual artist Tarik Kiswanson (b.
1986, Sweden, lives in France) known for his exquisitely elegant and experiential
sculptures, will bring together a group of New York City-based eleven-year-olds
to perform Kiswanson’s poetic texts composed of childhood reflections on
coming-of-age and geographic displacement in a turbulent contemporary
world. Blurring artistic practice and everyday life in her highly personal feminist
texts, drawings and paintings, Ylva Snöfrid (b. 1974, Sweden) will transform a
domestic space through performance rituals influenced by her childhood
experiences, including references to Hilma af Klint, the Waldorf School, Joseph
Beuys, and the Bauhaus. Meanwhile, Éva Mag (b. 1979, Romania), who primarily
works with fabric and clay, will probe the dynamics of movement between
bodies and objects, collaborating with a choreographer to devise a work for
twenty performers—dancers, gymnasts, and acrobats—and twenty sculptures in
the Judson Church Gym. Finally, video and installation artist Lap-See Lam (b.
1990, Sweden, lives in Stockholm) will present a live performance involving virtual
reality, informed by the language and hospitality rituals observed at her family’s
Chinese restaurant in Sweden. The work will consider how myths, popular
culture, and fiction construct identity in the Chinese diaspora.

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