Keren Cytter has created a re-interpretation of Dan Graham’s seminal piece Performer/Audience/Mirror 1975. Graham’s original performance was staged in front of a large mirror in a room where the audience sat facing themselves as Graham stood describing himself, then the audience, in the mirror. A form of live cinema, the audience became aware of both the ‘image’ created in front of them, the performer’s live presence, and their own presence. Cytter’s adaptation features two actors, one male, one female. The male closely replicates Graham’s performance, whilst the female relays a dream-like story of sex change – bringing gender and identity politics to the foreground.
Keren Cytter (born 1976, Israel, lives and works in New York) inhabits a number of roles in her work as an artist – including that of choreographer, director, filmmaker, graphic designer, writer and sound-designer – utilising the vocabulary of each art form to make works that function both as celebration and critique of the medium Recent solo exhibitions of Cytter’s work include Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2011) Keren Cytter: Avalanche, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011) and X Initiative, New York (2009).
Part of the series The Tanks: Art in Action