Performance: Praga Cafè, Bologna 1997
Photographs and poems
Oltre il limite concerns the awareness of the limits that prevent us from experiencing the full reality. This boundaries are represented in the performance by a large white cloth. The art piece, through poetry, images on slide, shadows, music and gestures, leads to ‘break’ the limit of appearance and go beyond the constraints that prevent us from living the deep and authentic side of the existence.
The scene is occupied by a large white cloth, on which are projected the images. At the beginning the performer is hidden and imprisoned behind the curtain, we hear only her voice and sometimes, we see her body moving through the back lighting that creates the effect of shadow puppetry. Gradually, however, the fabric is cut, slowly revealing hands, arms and so on, until the whole body of the artist appears.
Percorso is a collaborative performance realized by LIUBA and Francesca Amat at Galleria Avida Dollars in Milano in 1998. The performance piece is a duet and a percorso (path) of self- consciousness through obstacles and pain developed with different media intersecting and overlapping each other.
The following text, written by LIUBA and inspired by one of her fairy tales, accompanied the performance:
“There was once a daisy that one day discovered to have all colored petals. It was a strange discovery, because all the people around her wanted it to be of one color and possibly only white: “But tell me – they asked – are you red or are you blue? Are you perhaps yellow or green you are better off? Must choose only one color, so make confusion … “
And the daisy became sad, for she knew that she could not change the color of its petals and no one wanted her, because she did not fit into any box . ” Maybe I should really choose only one color? ” thought discouraged. But then one day appeared an elf who took her in the center of the earth, in a country full of colors, and there she found many goblins colored daisy, who taught her to be proud of its petals and go around the world to bring the scent of her colors.
But the world was difficult for a colorful daisy . It began the true loneliness, the fear, the anxiety of not succeeding and awareness of the networks in which get caught . Almost no one understood her, and there were always people who wanted to take away her colors, to make it a normal white daisy, like all others, have her pretty secure job, her confidence and her boxes.
But Daisy was crying inside the boxes, even though she knew that it was more comfortable to sit in there in the warmth instead of going out in the storm. She also met other colorful elves that helped, but eventually got tired so much that her colors disappeared and she became ill. She arrived in the dark and fever. She do not even know how to heal.
But then suddenly there came a white bird that took her to a distant land far away, full of color, dance and sounds … And there, forgetting everything, she began to dance with butterflies, more light, more and more happy … and she realized that gradually reappeared all its colors, and even stronger, and even more beautiful than before, so strong that even if she had imagined, so many that she had never seen.
A thread was born from its center, a thread that started from inside, a thread that made the dance of colors everywhere and that no one would stop.
Daisy would have liked to remain forever in the land of the Butterflies, but the thread at some point took her in her great city, so gray and sad, because there was so much need of color over there, where people run without looking at the color of their shoes and without even knowing the color of their feet. “
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 is a performance art piece composed by two installations of the artist, which correspond to two different semantic sections.
The first part, bodily and dynamic, takes place within a frame, in which the artist performs wildly and blindly in search of a way out of captivity. The exit from the frames is like a birth of consciousness, the acquisition of a new existence. With reborn eyes the artist may enter a world made of unity and similarities, seeing the thousand expressions through which God shows himself, beyond barriers, stereotypes and individual religions.
The piece took place during the “Perfomedia” Performance Art Festival in Ponte Nossa (Province of Bergamo). The installation consists of 48 small collages created by the artist.
Extract from the video-catalog edited by the Festival organizers.
Liberazione is a passage from the imprisonment caused by the socio-cultural, economic and psychological aspects in which we are stuck, to a deep liberation given by the encounter with our inner self and with the very essence of life. The piece S-catenarsi has the same concept with different materials.
Liberazione represents the first nucleus of a more wide series of projects about the “caged man” later developed in various ways, such as Le Mummie Vincenti, Polypolis and Rimini, Rimini projects.
Liberazione, Praga Cafè, Bologna
performance: Centro d’Arte Masaorita, Bologna 1993
series of hand made painted slides
fairy tales book
In cooperation with musician Gaby Bultmann
La margherita dai petali colorati (The colorful petals Daisy) is LIUBA’s first documented performance. It was born from the need of intersecting different languages as words (the fairy tale is written by the artist), images, music, gestures, space.
The story explores themes as deep as the fear of the diverse that inevitably leads to discrimination, and the preciousness of multiplicity and heterogeneity.
The work has been prepared together with German musician Gaby Bultman, who composed the
music and performed it on stage. Other important elements were the hand made slides created by LIUBA, and a strong symbolism of space, objects and gestures.
This video shows parts of LIUBA’s performances from 1994 to 2000.
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