Ivan Lupi workshop and durational performance – 19/02/2021


Over six days artist Ivan Lupi will attempt one hundred thousand strikes upon the triangles which comprise his installation, Not As Simple As It Sounds, each ringing a gesture of remembrance dedicated to the estimated 100000 homosexuals arrested, abused and killed during the Holocaust.

In this 2 hour workshop, branching from Ivan’s main performance at the Audio Foundation, participants will gain insight into the durational performance practice adopted by the artist. On top of illustrating the topics of his latest work, Ivan will guide each individual through a unique experience exploring body potentials and limitations leading up to a collective performance which will address discrimination against minorities.


Ivan Lupi (born 1972, Ferrara, Italy) holds a Masters in Queer Studies in Arts and Culture from the Birmingham University and since 2001 has been an active member of the collective Amae with which he has taken part in various collaborations and exhibitions in Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom exploring the tensions generated in marginalised bodies by heteronormative society.

Ivan Lupi’s work acknowledges the fluidity of otherness and the role of the body within the dynamic of performance art. The artists is interested in the expression of our uniqueness and identity through vulnerability and intimacy. Lupi explores how the artist and the audience come together to perform a caring community.

Since 2016 Lupi started performing solo, showing his work in Switzerland, Lithuania, United States, India, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand. The most relevant events: ‘The Voice and the Lens’ – Whitechapel Art Gallery (London 2014), ‘The Slip of the Tongue’ – Palazzo Grassi Punta della Dogana (Venice 2015), ‘Transformations’ by LiVEART.US – Queens Museum (New York 2016), ‘Visualeyez Annual Festival of Performance art’ – Latitude 53 Art Gallery (Edmonton 2017), ‘Performance Art Week Aotearoa’ (Wellington 2018), ‘Performance Arcade’ (Wellington 2019), ‘Towards the forest’ – The Vivian gallery (Matakana)

Ivan Lupi: http://ivanlupi.com


Friday 19 February @ Audio Foundation, 7 – 9pm