November 1–19, 2017
Performa, the internationally acclaimed organization dedicated to live performance across disciplines, announces Performa 17—the seventh edition of the Performa Biennial, to take place November 1–19, 2017, at locations throughout New York City.
Performa 17 will present commissions and projects that examine immediate and critical concerns confronting our urban centers, the shifting political and cultural currents of our turbulent world today, and ultimately the role of the arts and of artists within our communities. This edition of the Biennial will focus on the sociopolitical context informing contemporary art today, and how best to engage audiences in significantly understanding and absorbing its aesthetics and intrinsic values.
Artists featured in Performa 17 include:
Yto Barrada (Morocco/France) / Brian Belott (USA) / Xavier Cha (USA)* / François Dallegret (France/Canada) with Dimitri Chamblas (France) and François Perrin (France/USA) / Teju Cole (Nigeria/USA) / Merike Estna (Estonia)* / Kendell Geers (South Africa)* / Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa) / Flo Kasearu (Estonia) / Richard Kennedy (USA) / William Kentridge (South Africa) / Barbara Kruger (USA) / Kemang Wa Lehulere (South Africa) / Kris Lemsalu (Estonia) with Kyp Malone (USA) / Julie Mehretu (Ethiopia/USA) and Jason Moran (USA) / Maria Metsalu (Estonia)* / Mohau Modisakeng (South Africa) / Zanele Muholi (South Africa) / Wangechi Mutu (Kenya) / Narcissister (USA)* / The Nest Collective (Kenya) / Kelly Nipper (USA) / Eiko Otake (Japan/USA)* / Tabita Rezaire (France/South Africa) / Jimmy Robert (France) / Bryony Roberts (USA) and Mabel O. Wilson (USA)* / Tracey Rose (South Africa) / Alex Schweder (USA) and Ward Shelley (USA) / Kwani Trust (Kenya) / Anu Vahtra (Estonia) / Gillian Walsh (USA)*
* indicates a Performa 17 consortium project. The Biennial Consortium is a selective network of New York City’s art and cultural institutions, all presenting and supporting performances and exhibitions that align with the Performa 17 biennial. Performa consortium projects are separately funded and produced by each consortium member, unless otherwise indicated.