Staging Sex, Staging Self: Nadia Ayari

  • Skowhegan Project Space 136 W 22nd St New York, NY, 10011 United States

Nadia Ayari, Out (Escape BFTS), 2014, fresco and concrete on brick, approx 7h x 5w in / 17.8h x 12.7w cm, Brooklyn, New York

Nadia Ayari (A '06)

What you Need

In her lecture titled What You NeedNadia Ayari will read a selection of prose and poetry that touches on fig holes, Africa and the future.

Nadia Ayari’s (A '06) work focuses on political landscapes. Her recent explorations in fresco add a sculptural dimension to her richly dense surfaces. She has had solo projects at The Third Line, Dubai, Monya Rowe, New York and Luce Gallery, Turin, and has participated in Art Dubai Projects, the Cairo Biennale and the Thessaloniki Biennale. Her paintings have also been exhibited in group shows at Gallery Diet, Miami, Monica DeCardenas, Zuoz and Saatchi Gallery, London among others. Her forthcoming solo exhibition will take place at Taymour Grahne in New York.

About the Series

This lecture series folds up and poofs out. It's theater. It's something else. It's ABOUT theater. It IS about itself. It moves over and under that line where the body meets language and where that same body asks, "How is it that I am this way?"  

This lecture series lives under the umbrella of performance art, but collides with a certain kind of academic pursuit and presentation that plumbs boundaries of what "academic" is or might be. It lays claim to its own performativity – its writing - as a non-linear composition that may or may not have been written for us before we even showed up.

This lecture series hinges on the production of gender, theatricality and culture, as things that have NOT been exhausted by art production and NOT overtalked. "But isn't all art about those things?" These are totally self conscious and self-aware enactments and - should we say - pageants, in a framework of kindred ideas. We hope you will enjoy them. We hope you will enjoy them.