Long durational performance
São Paulo, Brazil
January 21, 2019
Hours performed: 5
Images by João Hidalgo
Since his early works, Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich explores the gap that divides the spectator from the work of art in performance. Fyodor continues to diminish this distance and formulate a relationship between the audience and the artist's body with his new work, “The Map Of My Body,” commissioned by Baro Galeria in São Paulo: another long-durational live piece and a new collaboration with one of the artist’s dearest partners in crime since time immemorial, São Paulo-based architect Marko Brajovic and his Atelier.
Visitors are invited to enter the gallery space, where they can see an object very resemblant of the renowned Melnikov House (1927-29), one of the masterpieces of Constructivism and a classic residence that represents the forefront of the Russian avant-garde of the 1920s. The actual building that inspired Brajovic and Pavlov-Andreevich since they were mere schoolboys is a kaleidoscopic cylindrical edifice, standing three stories tall with enough space to house the architect’s family along with his painting and architectural studios.
This time, the fragile yet physical architectural structure will house two bodies: the artist’s own body, naked and fragile, and another one, belonging to a gallery visitor who enters the space at their own risk. While standing in front of the artist, each visitor is invited one at a time to place one of their hands on a body part of their choice. Each area of the artist’s body will respond with a story from the artist’s own life, narrated out loud. Depending on the quality, duration, and depth of the visitor’s touch, the story will vary. A deeper and longer touch will make the corresponding story more profound and intimate.
Visitors that would prefer to see and listen rather than participate will be invited to climb on top of one of the three chairs located around the installation to observe the interaction from above — a voyeuristic act recalling a public toilet, where “spectators” can peek into a neighboring stall from above.