El abrazo 2
Since the 1980s, Nieves Correa (*1960, Spain) has been carrying out intense work in the field of artistic performance as well as organizing festivals and meetings and editing publications on performance art. Her influences can be found in the conceptual art of Fluxus and in the ZAJ group, which includes such figures of Spanish avant-garde art as Esther Ferrer. Music occupies a pre-eminent place in how she structures and enacts her performances, in which the artist’s body, its forms, its dimensions and its morphology are instruments for the occupation of and intervention in public and private spaces.
“Embrace a building entirely, feeling its warmth and its coldness, its inlets and outlets, its roughness and its unevenness. It has to be a public and free-standing building: a church, a museum, a castle ... and depending on its use, the meaning of the performance changes. As I embrace, I mentally count the number of hugs and at the end, from a high point or from a window of the building, I shout the number of hugs that I have needed to complete its perimeter: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR ... doing it always in my own language.” (Nieves Correa)
Performance: August 2006, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
Courtesy Nieves Correa