This work is composed by a performance, made in collaboration with Francesca Amat at the Avida Dollars gallery in Milan in 1998 and by a series of poetic photographs derived from the video recording of the performance.
The oscillation consists of the non-exclusion of opposites, and in understanding both poles of life’s dualism, leading into an experience of the absolute which is union of opposites, yin and yang, male and female, joy and pain, day and night, earth and sky.
The oscillation is an experience of great wisdom, but is provocative, because the current moral is usually trying to make us follow narrow and defined paths, fearing the ‘other’ side of dualism, dark and mysterious. But the sage knows that the experience of the Absolute is an experience of the total, that life is made up of opposites and that there is no light without darkness.
The performance ends with the active intervention of the public: LIUBA invites a man of the audience to dance with her, ‘swinging’ their bodies, male and female.
Ho visto i mille volti di Dio (I’ve seen the many faces of God) is an installation that turns into a performance in which the artist works are animated and brought into life in a process of ‘awakening’ and exit from the fog of constraints and the frame of stereotypes.
A deep reflection on religion and spirituality, beyond schemes, rules and languages.
Liberazione (Liberation) is the first development of a project also presented at the Praga Cafe in Bologna in 1996, which represent in a symbolic manner the process of liberation from all those social, economic, psychological and cultural constraints.
In this first performance slides are not used because of the outdoor location. Only body and poems marked the transition from cages to freedom.
performance: Centro d’Arte Masaorita, Bologna 1993
series of hand made painted slides
fairy tales book
In cooperation with musician Gaby Bultmann
This is LIUBA’s first* performance.
The idea of performance was born from the need to intersect different languages: words, images, music, gestures. At that time LIUBA devoted herself to painting and writing, doing installations, paintings, drawings, and writing poems and fairy tales. And with her fairy tales, written in a language for children, but with a content for adults, she began the long adventure of using multimedia performance, mixing different languages.
The fairy tale discusses topics as deep as the fear of difference that inevitably leads to discrimination, and the richness that multiplicity and heterogeneity can offer instead. The whole story is narrated by the artist, with music written by German musician Gaby Bultman, playing on stage, with projected handmade slides created by LIUBA, and with a strong spatial symbolism, objects and gestures.
* In fact, LIUBA’s first performance ever, Zucchero e le Fragole (Sugar and Strawberries), always coming from a tale written by her, was presented at the Art Center Masaorita in 1992 with the participation of musician Nicola Cursi, but there is no visual documentation of it.
This video shows parts of LIUBA’s performances from 1994 to 2000.
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