An exhibition dedicated to contemporary performance art in Istria, held in a beautiful space of MSUI/MACI in Pula (my home town). The show will feature photographs, videos, objects and other ‘performance remains’ from a number of Istrian artists working in the field of performance art. The opening will coincide with the Night of Museums 2018, a free annual and national event on the 26th of January 2018.
I will be showing videos and photographs from PK Fiskulturnik performances together with ‘Yugo yoga : The Long March’ installation. During the opening night there’ll be 3 short reconstructions of my past performances introduced and hosted by my colleagues, art historians and performers Gordana Trajkovic and Tina Sirec-Dzodan.
PK Fiskulturnik is invited to lead audiences through a mass fiskultura exercise on the 24th of November 2017 during the Uniqlo Tate Lates event. We’ll be performing at the Turbine Hall at 6.15 / 7.15 / 8.15 & 9.15 pm. See you there comrades!
More information about the whole event can be found here.
Revolution Yoga is a 2017 take on PK Fiskulturnik’s Yugo Yoga piece (2008-2013) as a nod to 100 years since the Russsian revolution. It will be performed at Test Dept’s Assembly of Disturbance festival at Red Gallery, London on 6 & 7th Ocotober 2017.
Join PK Fiskulturnik in this participatory performances that fuses elements of yoga, archived physical exercises (fiskultura), poses from socialist-realist sculptures, revolutionary slogans and New age messages of self improvement. Whilst emphasising a need for theory to manifest itself as a practical deed, Revolution Yoga wishes to communicate through an act of embodiment – directly to and through the body. The viewers are invited to immerse themselves directly in the artwork thus arousing the spirit of egality and collaboration.
Yugo yoga is a series of participatory performances that cross over visual art, live art & movement theatre by fusing elements of yoga, archived physical exercises (fiskultura), poses and gestures from figurative revolutionary sculptures, political slogans and New age messages of self improvement. Coined from ‘Yugoslavia’ – (the country of Lara Ritosa Roberts’ birth that no longer exists) & ‘yoga’, the union, the performance revisits European communist cultural heritage whilst raising issues of collectivism & social happiness in contemporary society. It also draws a parallel between physical effort and determination of spirit – a need for theory to manifest itself as a practical deed. Yugo yoga is adaptable, site specific & responsive piece that wishes to communicate through an act of embodiment – directly to and through the body. Since its conception in 2008, Lara has been developing Yugo yoga both as a solo and group piece in a variety of settings and contexts: from parks, city squares, clubs, theatres and galleries to workshops and conferences. The material is often presented as a group 20 min long ‘intervention’ or lately as a durational installation piece using projections. Yugo yoga featured at many festivals and events including Tate Britain (2010), Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade (2011) & Whitstable Biennale (2012) to name but a few.
Yugo Yoga : the Long March will feature on Saturday 13th October at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester as a part of Emergency 2012.
Lara will perform a durational performance, lasting about 4 hours and featuring some 60 yugo yoga postures. More info about the venue, the festival and my work below:
Word of Warning presents Emergency
A day-long free marathon of the bold, the bizarre and the beautiful.
Saturday 13 October 2012, Manchester
Word of Warning’s second performance collection launches with a manic weekend of all things live on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October 2012. Presented as part of the Manchester Weekender, the city explodes in a wave of all things cultural.
The 13th Emergency is the biggest yet: 40 live works in a daytime of installations and interactions at BLANKSPACE and Castlefield Gallery, followed by an evening programme of sit-down performance at Z-arts – and as ever, all free:
A man rolling a giant ball of rubber bands around the city; a woman emerging from a bed of earth; iconic communist iconography through the medium of yoga; and a bear having a shave… canapé-wielding mirror-twins; a Sex and the City homage and a rock-ukulele-pop concert. 1 day, 3 venues, 40 live works.
Emergency takes place on Sat 13 Oct at BLANKSPACE + Castlefield Gallery (12-5pm) and at Z-arts (6-10pm) FREE. Participating artists include:
70/30 Split | Angel Club (north) | aswespeakproject | Diego Bowie | Burrow + Lee | Clare Charnley | Josh Coates | Stephanie Douet | Evans + Gaskell | Chris Fitzsimmons | Georgie Grace | Kitty Graham | anton hecht | Larkin’ About | Liam Herne | Yoko Ishiguro | Wayne Steven Jackson | Miyuki Kasahara | Alexandra Kraszkó | Alice Malseed | Massive Owl + Jenny Duffy | Leo Olamerino | Julieann O’Malley | PK Fiskulturnik | Platt, Birchall + Hussain | Kris Rowland | Clarissa Sacchelli | Sedated By A Brick | Qasim Riza Shaheen | Sh!t Theatre | Robin Sidwell | Lena Simic | Nicola Smith | Moreno Solinas | Streethead | Sturgeon’s Law | Allan Taylor | Katie Taylor | Jojo Townsend | Sam Treadaway
Lara was invited to present her PK Fiskulturnik performances at this years Whitstable Biennale. She’s joined for this occasion by a contemporary dancer Klaudia Wittman and acctress Elise Roberts.
Three themes run through this years performance programme as a whole: Delivering Text, Moving Sculpture and Faith & Trickery. We’re performing Fragments from The Yellow wallpaper,Yugo yoga and A Story Which will never be finished on saturday 15th September At The Royal Native Oyster Store from 8pm.
At 5pm on the 16th – come and join us in mass Yugo yoga practice on the beach in front of the Biennale HQ.