June 16, 2023 21:00
as part of Secret Florence 2023
The STILL LIVES project by Daniel Kok (Singapore) and Luke George (Melbourne) is a series of site specific performances and installations, in which the two artists engage with the cultural symbols of the places they encounter. Since 2014, Daniel and Luke have worked closely studying different ropes binding techniques. Their works have been presented in Shanghai (2017), Taipei (2018), Venice (2019 Biennale Danza) and Melbourne (2022).
For STILL LIVES: FLORENCE, they have singled out the Rape of the Sabines, 16th century marble masterpiece by Giambologna, located in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, to replicate as a human sculpture featuring three people who identify as queer. Starting from the gender politics embedded in the Giambologna sculpture, the performance offers a reflection on today’s gender policies.
During the performance a video will also be screened in which the three performers will tell about themselves and the relationship with their gender identity.