ANITA GLESTA: GERNIKA/GUERNICA 安妮塔•格莱斯塔: 格尼卡/格尔尼卡
ANITA GLESTA: GERNIKA/GUERNICA
September 27 – October 31, 2013
The Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University is pleased to present the work by Anita Glesta GERNIKA/GUERNICA, the inaugural exhibition of the Dame Jillian Sackler International Artists Exhibition Program.
The aim of this program is to showcase artwork in different disciplines by talented artists with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Individual artistic expressions are dialogues between the artist and the viewer that can encourage peace and harmony amongst peoples, and cross-cultural understanding is the foundation of this program.
Important and long-lasting artworks have rich cultural and historical significance, to the individual and the world at large, and this Gernika/Guernica work has both. It is an artwork concerning human identity and survival. This exhibition is composed of sculpture and video work. The sculpture consists of eight steel boxes, made to look like old radios, each with small bronze figure attached to the top, they have motion sensors that trigger audio extracts in various languages from interviews with survivors of the Guernica bombing. The video installation shows the Guernica interviews conducted by the artist while a red river is displayed on the floor.
This work was previously exhibited at the White Box Gallery and at Chase Plaza, both in New York City, the video installation was exhibited at the Museo Nacional de Antropoligia in La Paz, Bolivia, and at the Instituto Cervantes, Belgrade. Prior to this exhibition, the complete work was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (MOCAK), Poland in 2012-2013.
Glesta’s temporary and permanent site-specific works have been installed throughout the world. Most recently, Glesta’s work features video installation as medium for exploring themes of environment, site and community.
Anita Glesta’s work has been exhibited extensively in New York City, beginning in 1984 with a solo show at White Columns Gallery. Her work was shown at the Sculpture Center, the Queens Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, and many New York galleries before she moved to Sydney in 1994. Since her return to New York in 2000, Glesta has created site-specific works in New York, Europe, and Australia. In 2004, Glesta was commissioned by the General Services Administration’s Art in Architecture Program to create a permanent seven-acre landscape intervention for the Census Bureau Headquarters Building in Suitland, Maryland.
Glesta has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her installations, among them a Pollock/Krasner grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, New York State Council for the Arts, New Media technologies, and the Australia Council.