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Artist Rachel Libeskind’s new performance ex...

Artist Rachel Libeskind’s new performance examines the legacy of Stalin

The artist Rachel Libeskind will be presenting the world premiere of The Day The Father Died; her latest performance and installation featuring video, sound, poetry sculptural elements, work on paper and paintings, which will take place on Wednesday, November 29th at 524 West 19th Street in Chelsea, from 6:30-8:30pm.

From the same artist who did the original piece titled “The Travelling Bag” and the revival of “Cowboy Mouth”, Libeskind once again proves she isn’t afraid in using the body as a vehicle for personal exploration. Through this performance, Libeskind will combine imagery and poetry, while utilizing a direct performative action and playful irreverence in process and application of image, text, paint, and ink on canvas.

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Curated by Mitra Khorasheh within Tanja Grunert gallery, The Day the Father Died will explore the death of the Soviet leader and dictator Stalin. By investigating the uncertain relationship between authority and social reality, the performance will seek to frame this moment in history from a female perspective in present time. Through a personal journey which explores Libeskind’s past in relation to her grandparents but also to her present, we will be invited in a historical and autobiographical journey, exploring both the death of this historical figure and Libeskind’s attitude in dealing with death as a symbol for this iconic figure. This performance serves as a commentary on the infantilization of society under an authoritarian father-leader paradigm, and as Libeskind’s father recalls the confusing day when Stalin’s death arrived — delayed through moans and weeps, but whispering triumphs that the Vozhd had finally died. “And you have sent a black snowstorm over Moscow”…

Snowstorm or blizzard, New York should be ready to experience the world premiere of this performance and decide for themselves what death means for this historical figure who attracts all sorts of commentaries, ambivalence being at the core of it all.

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