Marc Camille Chaimowicz


THE INVITATION CARD ANNOUNCING Marc Chaimowicz's Celebration? Realife Revisited, 1972/2000, bore the distinctive blue and red fleur-de-lis design that was used for so long on the British dust jackets of C.K. Scott Moncrieffs translation of Proust. Nowadays Proust's title is more straightforwardly translated as In Search of Lost Time, but Scott Moncrieff's Shakespearean Remembrance of Things Past is perhaps a more appropriate epigraph in this instance. Whatever the case, though, the revisiting of Celebration? Realife is a Proustian event. In making the work again after nearly thirty years, Chaimowicz has accomplished the task of pulling the past into the present rather than merely taking a retrospective look at his own history.

During the '70s, when more or less overt engagement with political and gender issues was the norm for those involved in performance, Chaimowicz's approach was notable

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