‘How does it feel, and how does it affect one’s life, when even the most banal actions are subject to surveillance? There is no better way to convey the impact of the act of watching and being watched than through performance art. The reenactment and dramatic presentation of vulnerability affects the audience with an immediacy that makes
the experience personal.’ - Hanna Regev, Curator
Wit-ness was created for the exhibition “Bearing Witness: Surveillance in the Drone Age” held during the San Francisco International Art Festival.
Developed from the theme of surveillance, Wit-ness includes an installation that represents the violent confrontation between identity and vulnerability, tied together by a narrative that addresses the concept of surveying and being surveyed.
Film: Wit-ness brings together performance artist Igor Josifov and fellow Macedonian Katarina Ivanovska. This creative team, along with producer Tayeb Al-Hafez and director Faisal Attrache, combined the intricacies of Josifov’s process of burning paper with a delicate dance between artist and muse.
Photolithography: Within the setting created for the film, French photographer Antoine Kem took a series of images. Kem’s images were transformed into photolithographs through positive plate lithography at Anne Olson’s studio in Wisconsin.
Burned Paper Works: Josifov has created life-sized paper human figures for this project. Motion in the fire reflections gives the figures a sense of life as they become part of an installation.
Costume Design: Milena Atanasova and Rinat Brodach reinforce the symbolism and the atmosphere of Josifov’s vision.
Wit-ness | World Premiere | San Francisco International Arts Festival 2015 | Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
Wit-ness | Exhibit | Herbst Pavilion | May 20 - June 7
Wit-ness | Live Performance | Herbst Pavilion | Fort Mason May 21, 8:00pm & May 30, 1-4 pm
Wit-ness | Film Premiere | Southside Theater | May 27 | 7:30 pm
Press Contact | Hanna Regev or Matt McKinley | firstname.lastname@example.org | 415.566.7515
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