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Performance #1: NEZAKET EKICI

Performance: October 25, 2022 H 15
Lake Ledro Pile-dwelling Museum

Conference: 26 October H 18:30
@MUSE, Big Void Hall

Nezaket Ekici was in Trentino for a new performance. The Turkish-German artist defined by the press as the "worthy heir of Marina Abramović" whose pupil she was, and known for her over 250 actions to her credit, has been invited by the MUSE Science Museum in Trento as part of "We Are the Flood", the project conceived and curated by Stefano Cagol, that uses the languages of the arts to reflect on the complex issues of the Anthropocene. On Wednesday 26 October at 6.30 p.m. in the spectacular central hall, the artist Nezaket Ekici spoke with Stefano Cagol and the audience, narrating the performance through images and introducing her working method.

Nezaket Ekici's performance at the Lake Ledro Pile-Dwelling Museum has been conceived ad hoc. During an intense hour of the Alpine afternoon, the artist interacted silently with a long, heavy tree trunk that recalled the ancient Bronze Age pile dwellings discovered in the lake. The contemporary trunk was covered with layers of thick coloured felt, symbolising the distance assumed by the human being from nature, but the artist slowly freed it to create intense sculptural visions, finally releasing it into the water, swimming with it for a stretch in the cold lake in a symbolic reunion with the environment.

«It is a reflection, Cagol explains, about how we act in nature. There is an attitude common to man today as there was 4,000 years ago, on the one hand, creative and ingenious and on the other overbearing, which at Lake Ledro we can read in the original presence of well over 10,000 pile-dwellings driven into the lake bed as emblematic of our impact on the planet since then, primordial signs of the Anthropocene».

MUSE's "We Are the Flood" returns to dialogue with history after the summer exhibition in the archaeological space of the underground Tridentum. At Lake Ledro, Nezaket Ekici has established a close dialogue with the place and the distant past to trigger a reflection on our present and our future. Through a conceptual performative attitude, Ekici wants to make people understand what is at stake for humanity. It works to find new ways of living from the intercultural experiences that are part of its DNA and from different traditions, cultures and behaviours. In this case, the comparison is with prehistoric humanity and its attitudes, with these Bronze Age peoples who inhabited the Alps for a long time, creating pile-dwelling settlements. The focus is also on the water, which Ekici has brought into his performance works more than 25 times already and is undoubtedly one of the pivotal elements of his research, with a dual character: generative and destructive. Let us recall "Fountain" in which she celebrates water as life by becoming a sort of Mother Nature dispensing precious water from filled bags, or "Water to water" in which she rises monumentally in an iconic red dress above a lake to stage a symbolic process of water purification. Last spring, MUSE for "We are the Flood" at Palazzo delle Albere showed a video of Ekici's performance in Israel in the Dead Sea, where she floated motionless with her face dangerously submerged in water. On the same occasion, a photographic image also evoked the four-handed performance by Ekici and Shahar Marcus in the Negev Desert, making sand flow like an hourglass. Alongside Marcus, she had also been buried under a tonne of stones in Berlin. 

Born in 1970 in Kirsehir, Turkey, Nezaket Ekici lives in Berlin and Stuttgart and, in her 20-years-long career, has realised over 250 live performances in 170 cities and 60 countries, and participated in some 15 biennials - including Venice (2007), Curitiba (2009) and Bangkok (2020). He recently made headlines for his participation with an 80-hour performance at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul in the major exhibition 'FLUX' on Marina Abramović's research.