Performa Announces First Commissions for 2013

Performa has announced its first commissions for the biennial’s fifth edition, Performa 13, set to take place in New York on November 1-24, 2013. The commissions include work by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman (UK), Subodh Gupta (IN), Rosa Barba (IT), Alexandre Singh (UK), Marianne Vitale (USA), Raqs Media Collective (IN), Ryan McNamara (USA), Pawel Althamer (PO), Nicholas Hlobo (SA), Tori Wrånes (NO), Florian Hecker (DE), and Rashid Johnson (USA). Each artist will create new live pieces for this year’s program, which concerns the theme of citizenship. “Several of the commissions confront our sense of humanity, of community,” says Performa founding director and curator RoseLee Goldberg, “and what it means to be a citizen in our twenty-first-century world of immigrant nations.”