Celebrated Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli is one of ten featured artists commissioned to create a new work especially for PERFORMA 07. For his first ever live performance, Vezzoli will present a restaging of Cosi??™ e (se vi pare,) or Right You Are (If You Think You Are)
, the renowned play by the Italian Nobel Laureate, Luigi Pirandello in the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Written and produced in 1917, Pirandello??™s timeless work examines the fundamental ambiguity of truth, and the seductive powers of language in conjuring up a female character who may never actually appear amongst the actors on stage as they obsessively dissect her attributes and identity. Rumor and celebrity mongering become the substitute for a deeply examined life, and Pirandello, as does Vezzoli in his own art, points to these empty vessels as a means of drawing attention to existential and humanist concerns.
An extraordinary cast of top-billed actors have responded to Vezzoli??™s visionary approach to Pirandello??™s jewel of a work, Right You Are (If You Think You Are) that implicates the audience in its examination of celebrity, and that points also to the relativity of truth, the necessity of illusion, and the instability of the human persona.
About the Artist
Francesco Vezzoli (b. Brescia, Italy, 1971) combines the seemingly disparate art forms of embroidery and cinema to respond critically to themes such as society??™s preoccupation with celebrity and to berate the ways in which the media has taken over our emotional world. Vezzoli has had solo shows in several major venues including Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Turin, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and Fondazione Prada, Milan. His works have also been included in several biennials, such as the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the 49th and 51st Venice Biennials, the 26th S??o Paulo Biennial, and the 6th International Istanbul Biennial. Vezzoli lives and works in Milan.
A PERFORMA Commission
Produced by Gagosian Gallery, New York
Co-produced by PERFORMA in collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The PERFORMA Commissions program originates new performances by inviting artists??”many of whom have not worked ???live??™ before??”to create work especially for the PERFORMA biennial. Selected by PERFORMA Director RoseLee Goldberg, commissioned artists work closely with the PERFORMA production team from conceptualization to presentation, including international tours following the biennial.