Performance concept by Jesse Ash performed by Maria Caterina Frani and Benno Steinegger.
On Thursday, May 22, at 8:30 pm, the Marino Marini Museum presents A Dance with Supports. Avoidance - Avoidance (A Project of Transparency) [script 7] a performance by the British artist Jesse Ash (London, 1977).
A Dance with Supports. Avoidance - Avoidance (A Project of Transparency) [script 7] is part of a multiple-phased project presented in different locations. It began in December of 2012 at the Swedish Centre for Contemporary Art in Stockholm, was then presented at the CAC Bretigny in Paris, the Arnofini Gallery in Bristol, followed by the Monitor Gallery in Rome, the Mendes Wood in Sao Paulo and finally, the Steirischerherbst in Graz.
The artist Ash works with the material nature of language and the dissemination of political ideology through the use of different media. Avoidance - Avoidance (A Project of Transparency) has the narrative quality of a screenplay, focussing on two characters, a man and a woman, who relive their failed relationship to recall forms of material, personal, conceptual and political transparency. The two performers are inspired by the figures of the filmmaker Mary Ellen Bute and her partner Ted Nemeth, director of photography, who, in 1936, were commissioned to make a short film for Universal Newsreel. The story’s central theme is the issue related to this task, and in each stage and place, the two actors interact with the sculptures, drawings and films that were created in relation to the script.
Ash is particularly interested in the profound potential of words, in the process of revealing content created in the contemporary forms of communication used in political debates, the language of newspapers, and advertising strategies.
During the presentation of the 7th script at the Marini Museum, Mary's growing paranoia increases within a museum nightmare. In this evolving dialogue with her ex-partner Ted, the foundations and media used to exhibit the objects and sculptures represent the museum's excessive desire to present the collection to the public as clearly, openly and transparently as possible.
There will be a repeat performance Monday May 26 at the Monitor gallery in Rome in the occasion of the opening of the solo show of the artist titled Is That 'Crystal Clear' Or Did I Say Too Much?
Jesse Ash (1977) lives and works in London. He has recently held solo exhibitions at the Monitor Gallery in Rome and the Mendes Wood in Sao Paulo. His projects have been included in collective exhibitions in: CA2M Centro de Arts Dos de Mayo, Madrid; Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht; MAMBO, Bologna; Index—The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; ICA; London; GAK, Bremen; CAC, Bretigny Paris; Kadist Foundation, Paris; Resonance FM, London.