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Tarik Kiswanson at Performa 19

© Tarik Kiswanson, As Deep As i Could Remember As Far As i Could See, crédit Martin Aegyroglo.

Co-commissioned by Performa and Lafayette Anticipations in Paris, and based on his book of the same title, AS DEEP AS I COULD REMEMBER, AS FAR AS I COULD SEE is Tarik Kiswanson’s most ambitious work to date. Conceived of as a large-scale installation and performance, for its premiere in Paris in May 2018, Kiswanson cast a cohort of eleven-year old children to perform poetical texts combining fragments of childhood sensations and adult reflections that contemplate the turbulent world in which we live.

For Performa 19, Kiswanson will expand the work into a new iteration produced specifically for New York. The work will bring together a group of 11 young NYC residents of various backgrounds and origins, who, in solos and group tableaux, will recite poetical texts that address questions of borders, diaspora, and interwoven identities. Presented at a moment of great uncertainty and instability for immigrants, especially for those of Arab descent, the cosmopolitan thinking and pluralist values in the work aim to foster greater understanding and intercultural dialogue among participants and audiences alike.

About Tarik Kiswanson

Born in Sweden, Tarik Kiswanson, whose family is from Palestine, lives and works in Paris where he develops a work that combines sculpture, writing and performance. The artist creates new forms that testify to a commitment to a "poetics of miscegenation". These works are activated by the presence of the viewer, while offering him in return his own unstable image, tenfold, erased or diffracted. Tarik Kiswanson graduated from Central Saint Martins in London and Beaux-Arts from Paris. He recently showed his work at the Ricard Corporate Foundation in Paris (2018), the RMCA in Sérignan and the Mudam in Luxembourg (2017).

About Performa

Since launching New York’s first performance biennial, Performa 05, in 2005, the organization has solidified its identity as a commissioning and producing entity. As a “museum without walls”, Performa contributes important art historical heft to the field by showing the development of live art in all its forms from many different cultural perspectives, reaching back to the Renaissance. Celebrated worldwide as the first biennial to give special attention to this remarkable history, the Performa Biennial transforms the city of New York into the “world capital of artists’ performance” every other November, attracting a national and international audience of more than 50,000 for three-weeks of live performances. Performa has presented seven international biennials, commissioned and produced nearly 300 performances, worked with more than 700 artists, and toured commissioned performances and exhibitions in nearly 20 countries around the world.


Performa 19 will run from November 1 to November 24, 2019, in New York City.

With the support of Etant Donnés, a program of FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.

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