by Lia Chavez
From the Violence & Peace in Contemporary Art Symposium
The Trembling Image Alchemy Between Relational And Creative Formation In Contemporary Art
Artist Lia Chavez shares a selection of her performance-based artwork. She discusses the underlying vision of her work, explaining that she aims to make her life a work of art. Chavez explains how her performance is aimed at provoking formation and change in the lives of its audiences.
Lia Chavez is an internationally exhibited visual and performance artist who lives and works in New York City. Examining the co-existence of the gorgeous and grotesque, she focuses on themes of illumination, embodiment and becoming. Her practice incorporates a diverse range of media with an emphasis on performance-generated photography often done in collaboration with documentary filmmakers, choreographers, and other artists. Her work has been exhibited at the 52nd and 53rd Venice Biennale; The Armory Show, New York; 10th Istanbul Biennial; Frieze Art Fair, London; Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Atlanta; and Affirmation Arts, New York. Her forthcoming monograph, 1000 Rainbows, will be published in 2013. Chavez’s most recent work, True Light, was a 90-day endurance performance in which she utilized her body, mind and spirit as an integrated living laboratory for investigating the phenomenon of artistic inspiration. It is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film.