Oltre il Limite

(Beyond the Limit)

 

Performance: Praga Cafè, Bologna 1997
Photographs and poems
 
 
 
This performance has been prepared with a series of poems and a series of slides, all composed by LIUBA for this work.
The slides are hand-made, with paper cutting, transparences, layers. 
 
The desire to go beyond the edges of reality and beyond the veils of dreams is the need that inspired this work. The symbolic journey of this performance regards the awareness of ‘limits’ that prevent us from seeing and experiencing the full reality.
The path of action, through poetry, slide shows, shadow puppets, music and gestures, leads to ‘break’ the limit of appearance and go beyond the constraints that prevent us from living the size of the deep and authentic ‘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 see the body gesticulating through the back lighting that creates the effect of shadow puppetry. Gradually, however, the fabric is cut, showing gradually hand, arm, and so on, until the cloth will be torn allowing the audience to see the artist breaking the limit. The performance is marked by poetic texts and images from the author.
  • Oltre il limite, videostills, Praga Cafè Bologna, 1997

Percorso

 

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 Following text is the presentation of the performance at the gallery, written by LIUBA and inspired by one of her fairy tales.
  
“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. “
  • Percorso, Galleria Avida Dollars, Milan 1998, photographs from screen with performance shootings

Oscillazioni

 

 

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

 

 

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.

ho visto i mille volti di Dio

Ho visto i mille volti di Dio, 1998 installation of 48 pieces, newspapers, mixed media collage, white pencil, acrlylics, photos, cm 200×165

Liberazione

 

 

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.

  • Liberazione, Portici di San Luca, Bologna, 1996

  • Liberazione, Praga Cafè, Bologna

La margherita dai petali colorati

(The colorful petals Daisy)

 

 

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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