By Katerina Ploumidaki
Sozita Guduna is a curator, assistant professor at CUNY: City University New York, and author of Beckett Breath (2018), published by the University of Edinburgh and Oxford publications. She has headed Raymond Pettibon Studio since 2018. She has taught at New York University as a postdoctoral art curator Andrew W. Mellon at the New York Biennale of Performers and has curated cross-sectoral projects in the Documenta 14 public program at the University of New York, USA. Benaki Museum, Byzantine Museum among other institutions and museums. He has been treasurer of the AICA Hellas Association of Greek Art Critics and holds a PhD from the University of London. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sozita_Goudouna
The importance of loving.
-What are you willing to lose?
The constructed needs.
-What does the one who does not look for unnecessary things dream?
-What is your lifeboat?
Faith in friendship.
- Are you afraid of the unknown?
Unknown therefore empty.
-Luxury options, what does this mean for you?
-Man is his memory or his present?
The present tense of his memory.
The New York Biennale Performa opened on November 1st. The main theme is Bauhaus and the focus is on Asian contemporary art. What is your participation in this important cultural event?
My collaboration with Performa, the first Biennale of Performing Arts in New York, began in 2015 when I was hired by the director of the organization, RoseLee Goldberg, as the first curator Andrew W. Mellon. For a month every two years, Performa changes the way New Yorkers experience the city, especially after 9/11, which transformed the relationship between the public and the public space and takes place in different parts of the city, from Times Square and its customs. New York to MoMA, Guggenheim, New Museum, Whitney Museum and BAM. The Biennale has presented more than 700 projects with 800 artists in 400 cultural (and more) venues in New York and worldwide.
"Whoever Shows: Strike Uyp th 'Band!" is a music analog project presented at the New York Museum of Art with a collection of excerpts from Raymond Pettibon screenplays, including those originally produced for videos such as "The Whole World is Watching": Weatherman '69 (1989-90 ), Sir Drone: A New Beatles Movie (1989-90), "The Holes You Feel", "Andy Warhol", "Jim Morrison" and the screenplay "Batman". Starting in the 1980s, Pettibon produced a series of low-budget videos made with friends using home video equipment. These projects focus on radical issues from the 1960s and the American reality, such as the Manson family, the abduction of Patty Hearst by the SLA, Weather Underground and the beginning of the American punk movement. Although some of these scripts have become classic video works of the time and were widely presented alongside Pettibon designs, several other scripts such as Andy Warhol and Jim Morrison have not yet been produced or lost. Reflecting on the concept of ensemble work, this collection of Pettibon excerpts, scenes and lyrics attempts to present the visuals of the past, especially in the 1960s, with the participation of distinguished visual artists such as Kim Gordon. , Frances Stark, Lee Ranaldo and 20 other artists. The Performa Biennale seeks to highlight performance as a different medium and refutes the notion that performance is just what happens,
Tell us about your experience from your collaboration with renowned American artist Raymond Pettibon and the David Zwirner Gallery, which opened its first exhibition space in Paris with a solo art exhibition.
Raymond Petibon is considered to be perhaps the most important visual artist on paper in America, and working with him as his studio coordinator is extremely creative, especially during his exhibition in Paris at the opening exhibition of the David Zwirner Gallery during the FIAC. Founded in Paris in 1974, the FIAC International Exhibition of Contemporary Art [Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain] brings together contemporary art galleries and about 200 exhibitors at the Grand Palais, including many of the world's leading experts in contemporary art.
The David Zwirner Gallery, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, represents 60 international artists with exhibitions in New York (three galleries) from London to Hong Kong, and in 2020 will inaugurate the new five-storey gallery in New York designed by Renzo Piano.
After Brexit, the Zwiner Gallery focuses on the French art scene by presenting the solo exhibition "Frenchette" by Raymond Petibon. Petibon's work embraces a wide range of American high and pop culture, from the divergences of marginalized youth to art history, sports, religion, politics, sexuality, and literature. Starting with the punk-rock scene of Southern California in the late 1970s and '80s and the aesthetics of albums, comics, concerts and fanzines that characterized the movement, his designs have defined this scene and international contemporary art. At the same time, Dior artistic director Kim Jones linked Pettibon's designs,