Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lida Abdul: Afghan Performance Artist/Filmmaker on Youtube

Lida Abdul's vision is just gorgeous! Who else would wear a veil and glitter up her tongue?! Here is an interview with her showing her work at the Tate Modern:

This is Lida talking about her work at the Brooklyn Museum March 2007. Why does she look so annoyed? They didn't do the best job introducing her and the AV staff was mouthing off in the back instead of putting up her material. Miss Talibonita thought Lida was going to go behind the curtain and bitchslap them all into submission. Luckily for them, she didn't and went on with her talk. In this recording she talks about her early work in the 1990s and her later work in Afghanistan:

This is a photo of her performance work: ICE
She said this piece was the most physically exhausting pieces she's ever done. But it is cathartic. She pulls and pushes the ice on the Afghan carpet till it is completely melted and then pours ash over it. Gorgeous!


Gazelle said...

Thank you for posting Lida Abdul's talk. I have been trying to find more information on her, and this is the first time I have seen this talk.

Talibonita said...

Yay! I'm glad it helped Gazelle jan. I would love to post up an interview with you and your work!

Anonymous said...

Very powerful performances!