Performance , performance cycle  2008-2018

About the Performance cycle

The performance cycle entitled Performance by the work that begins in 2008 includes performances of the absent body. The first performance of this cycle exists through the reverberation in the mind of the question And what place does a body art have in a country of disappeared bodies? It is activated by vinyls on walls of spaces and contexts of performance art, other interdisciplinary forms of art, and the study and research on art. The same question appears in the works of the same cycle Responda (2008) and Incomprensible (2011), although in performances of the present body, and is transformed into the question and exclamation And what place will your body take among the disappeared! in Secuestro (2016), again an absent body performance (applicable as an intermediate instrument to other performances), this time supported by a bandage for the eyes. Finally, said question and exclamation take the form of the first person in Héroe (2016), an absent body performance (applicable as an insertion to interventions) in which the phrase And what place will my body take among the disappeared! He challenges us from the calligraphy of Miguel Grau, whose body was torn to pieces and lost. The Hero's Cry (apocryphal) is issued on sticky notes of the kind used for to-do reminders or mind maps for reflection. Myname (2017) inverts the formula: all the missing bodies take place within my body, assuming the pending task.

On the performance of the absent body

The absent body performance is  a mode of performance art that abandons the corporeal and ephemeral tradition, already over-rhetorized in the dominant artistic sphere. In the performance of the absent body, performativity - the establishment of senses, orders and hierarchies beyond representation - arises without the presence or activity of the body, perlocuting through images, objects or processes in which the spectacular staging of the body strikes, which it becomes particularly performative - especially from a museum art and mediated as "corporal" - in contexts with recent stories of genocide, forced disappearance and exodus.

You can also read Micaela Radulescu's article dedicated to this notion :

RADULESCU, M. (2019). The absent body in Emilio Santisteban's performances. CROMA Magazine, Artistic Studies. Volume: 7, number 13. Lisbon: CIEBA.

Emilio Santisteban , interdisciplinary performance artist. Peru.  Contact us .

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