EXTENSION SERIES 06 (Ivan Civic, Yingmei Duan & Lan Hungh) © Laura Gianetti
Curated by Andrés Galeano

PERFORMANCES DURATION: 9 - 14 Nov. 14 -19h.
LECTURE: 14 Nov. 18h.

For the sixth Series of Extension Andrés Galeano invites two very dynamic and productive artists: the Chinese Yingmei Duan and the Bosnian Ivan Civic. After their last long-durational performance projects: Yingmei Duan working intensively in a children hospice in UK and Ivan Civic’s daily performance Shedding Time at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, the two artists will share a short residence at Grimmuseum and, respectively, exhibit the outcome of their latest artistic researches to the Berlin audience.

At the centre of Yingmei Duan’s performance art is her exploration of human instincts, longings, and dark desires. She examines the processes of society and questions its conventions and behaviours. Born in China in 1969, Yingmei Duan is part of the Chinese avant-garde, and worked as a painter for many years, living in the legendary art district of Beijing’s East Village. In 1995 she participated in the performance “To add one meter to an anonymous mountain”, which is considered to be one of the classics of Chinese modern art. She became a pure performance artist under the influence of Marina Abramovic, with whom she studied at the HBK Braunschweig in Germany from 2000 to 2004. There, she also worked for one year with the film-maker and action artist Christoph Schlingensief. In the last fifteen years Yingmei Duan has made her name in numerous national and international exhibitions, festivals and workshops through her performance art.
Yingmei is an inquisitive observer who asks questions of all facets of life in order to continuously learn and develop. She often impulsively and spontaneously develops performances as situational experiments. On the other hand she can also plan her performances with intense attention being paid to the last detail. She loves to interact with the public and likes to work with artists and people from all areas of life. Her artworks are works in progress, and are often stretched over long periods of time. www.yingmei-art.com

Ivan Civic born 1979 in Sarajevo/Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied experimental video, film and performance at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HBK) in Braunschweig/Germany among others with Marina Abramovic (MA 2005/2006).
He has been active for several years in the international art scene and has shown his work at such prestigious art spaces as P.S.1 in New York, NY/USA, the Irish Museum for Modern Art in Dublin/Ireland, MARTa Herford in Herford/Germany, the Galleria Civica in Trento/Italy, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam/Netherlands, and the Biennale in Venice/Italy.

Ivan Civic works in the fields of performance, video installation, photography and design and concentrates on the analysis of society and its structures, searching for limits inside conventional unions such as the family nucleus, relationships, cultural and intellectual environments. Through the use of icons, symbols and fetishes instinctively obtained from the domestic circles and from the public scene, Civic expresses mechanisms, dynamics, contradictions and conflicts of relational environments.
He received the first prize at Premio Internazionale della Performance in Trento in 2006 and a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for the best international art student of the year at the HBK Braunschweig in 2003. Civic was selected by Dan Graham for the Akademie Schloss Solitude grant and residency for the years 2009/2010 in the field of visual arts. He has just come back to Berlin from Stuttgart where he performed his performance : "Shedding Time" for three consecutive weeks (seven ininterrupted hours a day) at the Württembergischer Kunstverein.

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