A rebirth force to the 70’s now; fragile, poetic and hard.
The 70’s funk style was above finances; colour, food, patterns, the impending doom of capitalism in suspension. There was war, there was protest, there was punk and there was Vivienne Westwood. There were capitalists and there were hippies. There was a creative force; Take the cow rag and make a whole. Wear it like a poncho, you’re good to go. Peaceful protest with John and Yoko in bed. As Tony Robbins said: “We have a two-million-year-old brain; And that two-million-year-old brain is not designed to make you happy. It’s designed to make you survive.”
Physical presence, musical replays, intimate audience, text, imagery.
Xenia Perek (PL, 1993) is a performance artist based in Amsterdam.
She graduated with a Fine Arts degree at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2018. Originally from Poland, she is now based in Amsterdam where she has founded her work creating performance art pieces. Her pieces are devised from physical and mental scores located in galleries, theatres and night life venues. She uses live body with sensorial imagery for her medium, using her personal experiences of gender identity as content to create a theatrical narration. Her shows are live body-built momentums which can be seen separately or framed in photography. She surrounds herself by explicit stories, dreams, life situations and physical states termed as dynamic, instinctual material. Perek creates characters with various un/effectiveness and energy. She contextualises this in a socio-economical world as a quest for negotiations on how we live.
Perek is a part of one of the oldest Amsterdam drag queen houses (House of Hopelezz) and is represented by a contemporary art gallery (ADA) in Rome.
Performance & fine art by Xenia Perek
Mentored by Katie Duck
Performance production by Julius Stahlie
Graphic design with Maisa Imamović
Bio photography by Roberto Apa
With the courtesy of ADA, Rome
Special thanks to Lotte van Gelder, Aurélien Lepetit and Arthur Guilleminot
Supported by Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst