NAMES // PERFORMANCE BY JOSEF KA // RANKKA GALLERY // FINLAND 2020

NAMES // performance by Josef Ka in collaboration with Yurjänä Sauros (Rankka Gallery, Helsinki, March 2020) is connected to the Degenerate Art exhibition presented by the Nazis in Munich in 1937. The original show included more than 100 artists who were considered by the fascist regime to be “degenerate artists”. My performance was partly concerned with how time erases memory and names. It consisted of me painting the name of each of the original artists onto a series of small black squares positioned on the gallery floor. During the performance I met an unexpected reaction from one of the audience members: A seemingly intoxicated man decided to participate in my performance.

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