During the summer of 2017, artists Josef Ka and Mark Maher explored remote, seldomvisited ruins of ancient Lycian Civilization along Turkey’s central Mediterranean coast.
Goddess was conceived as a natural extension of Josef Ka’s numerous videodocumented performance art pieces that she has created across various years and countries, most often in problematic public spaces.
For their artistic collaboration they identified specific locations for their photo shoots, which they then revisited to create these “still performances”.
They worked intuitively, yet often with a pre-determined strategy, as Josef Ka explored and inhabited a range of archetypal poses and personas. Without expressly aiming to, these still performances find connection with some of the oldest and most central of human visions: A Goddess in her temple.
photos: Mark Maher (US)
performance: Josef Ka (RU)
music: Eric Arn (US)
curating: Alfred Woschitz (AU)
Published by Josef Ka
International performance, visual and sound artist Josef Ka’s blends richly varied influences – everything from Butoh dance to cinematic theory – with her decades of nomadic world travel to create bold, highly personal site-specific art.
Josef Ka’s themes range from investigating the place of the human body in contemporary reality to exploring the inner body as a representative system of our human and post human kind.
Her artistic practice often actively invites the audience inside a sort of private reverie, making it is a deeply participatory one; she actively engages with both her audiences and with a wide diversity of other experimental artists.
In addition to her own work, Josef Ka curates a regular series of events and exhibitions at her Helsinki underground space – Sauna Gallery – and teaches classes on the theory and practice of performance art. She is also the inventor of the WORST THEATRE and her yogic training system, KA-YOGA.
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