Performing & Archiving
Marie Helene Perreira & Carlos Maria Romero aka Atabey
Documenting and archiving performance practices is a challenge since the essence of these disciplines is based on a particular temporality and the uniqueness of the experience itself. Documenting and archiving performance enters in conflict with the very nature of this practice. The happening of the performance and its unrepeatable nature oppose the fixed identity of the archival record or document.
The conversation will focus on the ambivalent relationship between performance and its documentation and archiving. The transitory event of performance resists its documentary identification and yet is attracted by the archive's promise to preserve the memory of the transitory and transport it into the future.
In its third edition on the occasion of HfG’s summer exhibition “Rundgang 2023”, Archive Talks is dedicated to reflecting the state and nature of archives with regard to performance practices. Coming from engaged and situated backgrounds, where archiving occurs in complex fragilities, Marie Helen Perreira & Carlos Maria Romero aka Atabey will present their approach to dealing with archival challenges around performance practices.
Atabey is an artist and curator with a focus on performance, movement, community, pedagogical projects, and cultural heritage practices relevant to historically marginalized peoples and social cohesion. Among other things, they were co-curator of the exhibition Josephine Baker & Le Corbusier in Rio—A Transatlantic Affair, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, 2014; and curator of the 13th, 14th, and 15th iterations of the Contemporary Dance University Festival, Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogota, 2009–11.
Marie Helene Pereira is a cultural practitioner and curator who is profoundly interested in histories of migrations and the politics of identity. She was part of the artistic team of the 12th Berlin Biennale, 2022; member of RAW Material Company in Dakar since its inception in 2011 and its director of programmes from 2019–22; and co-curated a guest section of the 13th edition of the Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art, 2018.