Please join us for Jaanika Peerna’s “Glacier Elegy Brooklyn” Performance
Sunday 4 October 2020
2pm NYC & EST / 7pm UK & BST / 8pm CEST
LIVE & LIVE-STREAMED
Much of Jaanika Peerna’s recent work is a lament to glaciers and natural ice. Her ongoing project, “Glacier Elegy”, forms the central core of her recent practice. Through this iconic work, we see a contemporary artist engaging with the climate emergency in a profound way.
For this performance, “Glacier Elegy Brooklyn”, Peerna will be performing on the waterfront on the East River, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. The mourning over the melting glaciers transcends into a mourning and lament for the city. She has chosen this venue for the performance as an act of embracing a city that she loves that has suffered so much.
Jaanika Peerna’s ongoing “Glacier Elegy” project consists of both large-scale installations and participatory performances, where large scale drawings, made with her audience, are then melted away together with blocks of ice. The collective act reflects the collective grief, and the shared responsibility. Within these performances, ice operates simultaneously as a positive drawing tool and an act or erasure. The performances are a a reminder that it is our human actions that cause the destruction of glaciers.
“Glacier Elegy” has had a strong impact on the participants in diverse communities and locations where Peerna has performed. This includes ArtDepoo Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia; Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, UK and Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, USA. ‘Glacier Elegy Brooklyn’ is the next performance in this ongoing project.
Due to social distancing requirements, spaces for the live event are limited. Please confirm via email to email@example.com ASAP if you would like to attend. Details of the exact location of the performance will then be sent to you.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna has lived and worked in New York since 1998. Her practice spans drawing, performance, sculpture and installation. Solo exhibitions include: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Artdepoo Gallery and Vana-Wõromaa Cultural Center, Estonia; Salon b, Montreal; Espronceda Center for Art and Culture, Barcelona; Kentler International Drawing Space, New York. Her group exhibitions include Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Viinistu Art Museum Chapel, Estonia; International Paper Art Biennial, curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos, City Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria. She has performed extensively internationally including The Bronx Museum, New York; Hudson Valley Centre of Contemporary Art: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT. Her work is in important international collections including The Bennetton Collection, Italy; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales; Garrison Art Center, New York; Novosibirsk Art Museum, Russia and Imago Mundi.
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