2017, Quinlan Editions, Italy
Artist book printed in 200 numbered copies, 10 of which numbered from I to X contain an original artwork signed by the artist
The book consists of twenty portraits of objects used by the artist LIUBA in her performances. The photographs show us these objects in their concreteness, through their formal and chromatic details. Looking at them, their ordinary use and function shift in the background, revealing the memories of the performances that they evoke and contain.
They are curious, sometimes unusual objects that are linked to each other in an apparently arbitrary manner, displayed in a succession that tickles the curiosity of the reader until the last pages of the book, where their placement within the individual performances of LIUBA is revealed.
An introduction by LIUBA and a critical text by the curator Luca Panaro – both in Italian and in English – are part of the book.
“When I took the pictures of the objects, I wanted to highlight their shape, photographing them as if they were sculptures. They are imperfect objects but charged with history and lived experience, revealing that they have been used in performance artworks. (…)
The objects shown do not offer a complete overview of my performances, and they have a random order, having been selected on the basis of pleasure and delight.” LIUBA
“The twenty things LIUBA photographed are to be seen as an opportunity to draw again the attention of the public on a series of performances put in over the years. The artist’s research is thus crystallized in the most diverse forms, with the purpose of liberating once again the expressive values at the basis of the creative gesture. The outfits and accessories used by the performer, even when taken out of their context, keep expressing their original association with the performance and are in fact a presence in absence, a trigger of past artistic experience.” Luca Panaro
“By choosing to show mainly the ‘objects’ used in her performances, LIUBA’s book is not a ‘book’, but yet another performance in yet another medium. Why must a book be ‘only’ a book? Isn’t it also a performance? Even the photographs of objects are able to draw someone, anyone, in through a detail, through something very familiar, often utilitarian, like a shoe or a handbag, a pair of sunglasses or an exploded cardboard box, and make the viewer perform them imaginatively. ” Mark Bartlett
The photographs included in the book are part of a series of photographs edited in 3 copies in different sizes, available upon request.
During the lockdown imposed by the recent Coronavirus crisis, LUCA PANARO dedicated a focus on LIUBA PERFORMANCE OBJECTS.
The presentation, in Italian only, is available on Luca Panaro’s instagram channel, or on QUINLAN publications youtube channel:
NOVEMBER 7, 2018 – Roma, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Sala Borromini, with Luca Panaro and Sabrina Vedovotto https://www.vallicelliana.it/?p=2359
APRIL 11, 2018 – Milano, spazio Chippendale, introduced by LucaPanaro,
APRIL 4, 2018 – Art Paris, Grand Palais (Parigi), courtesy Galerie Pascal Vanhoecke
March 23, 2018 @ Museo della Città (Rimini) in the frame of the series of talk “Frontespizio”, curated by Massimo Pulini. With LIUBA, Massimo Pulini – Assessore alla Cultura del Comune di Rimini; Roberto Maggiori – Quinlan Editions Director; Cristina Principale – Art curator and Art historian.
March 21, 2018 – LIUBA PERFORMANCE OBJECTS: L’irripetibilità dell’azione performativa e il suo rimanere”, University of Bologna, Event for the course of Psychology of Art by Prof. Ferrari, organized by PsicoArt and the Bologna section of IAAP – International Association for Art and Psychology. In conversation with LIUBA: Luca Panaro – art critic, curator, lecturer at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts; the meeting will be moderated by Cristina Principale, art historian and curator.
February2/3/4, 2018 @ Fruit – Independent Art Book Fair (Bologna)- presented by Quinlan Editions.
December 2, 2017 @ corrainiMAMbo artbookshop (Bologna) – talk between LIUBA, Cristina Principale and Mark Bartlett
November 18, 2017 – BOOK LAUNCH @ TheArtChapter, art book fair at BASE (Milano) in BOOKCITY – Presented by Quinlan Editions – conversation with Luca Panaro
The serie of new works called Objects Polyptics is the photographic project gathered in the artist book LIUBA PERFORMANCE OBJECT – published in 2017 by Quinlan Editions.
Each of the works in the series portrays – in the main picture – an object used by LIUBA during her performances, and in the strip below, as small icons, the moments of the performance in which that object was used by the artist.
Likewise, the book LIUBA PERFORMANCE OBJECTS consists of two parts: the first collects a series of portraits of objects, abstracted from the banality of everyday life, while the second gathers strips of the performance still- frames, which follow the unfolding of the artist’s action.
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Dedicated to Rossana and Gianni, with gratitude and love