Lectures and Talks

Art Connects | Evann Siebens

Fri Jun 12, 2020 | 4:30 PM

Vancouver Art Gallery

Evann Siebens
A Lexicon of Gesture (ZOOM), 2019-20
live performance and collage and banners
Courtesy of the Artist

A Lexicon of Gesture (ZOOM)

Friday, June 12 | 4:30 PM


Stay home. Stay safe. Stay connected with our new series of online gatherings, Art Connects!

In this edition of Art Connects, Vancouver-based media and performance artist Evann Siebens will perform A Lexicon of Gesture (ZOOM) live. Referencing a history of performance artists such as Maya Deren, Allan Kaprow, Tehching Hsieh, Gilbert & George and Marina Abramović, Siebens has developed a wide alphabet of gestures that are stitched together in live performance, photographic collage, short films and, now, ZOOM.

In this iteration of A Lexicon of Gesture, Siebens incorporates quarantine-forms, including re-enactments of TikTok dancers, pandemic home-schooling mothers, Instagram Live exercise classes and drag queens. Using multiple cameras and streaming live from Siebens’s studio, this grid-like performance will juxtapose and conflate art history with our present mediated self-isolation.

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Evann Siebens makes media, performance and photos with movement. Her lens-based practice negotiates the human body as an archival site and the politics of the female gaze. She danced with the National Ballet of Canada and the Bonn Ballett before studying film production at New York University. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Witte de With (Rotterdam, 2020), WAAP (Vancouver, 2019), Belkin Gallery (Vancouver, 2018) and the Burrard Arts Foundation’s Façade Festival on the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, 2017). Evann recently screened a film at Lincoln Center in New York City and won the Outstanding Overall Work prize at the Light Moves Festival in Limerick, Ireland. Her work from A Performance Affair in Brussels, Belgium was featured on the front page of the International New York Times in September 2019. She is represented by Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver, Canada.


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