Performa 17 Biennial Hub
New York, NY 10013
Anu Vahtra’s project Open House Closing. A Walk activates vacant storefronts and spaces in SoHo, each displaying a different “scene" in an overall narrative. Vahtra is renowned for her artistic approach to site-specific space-oriented subjects and for the diligent methods of articulating them. Vahtra’s site-specific installations, which often include photography, use the space around them, making the site both the subject and the form of the work. For Performa, Vahtra looks to the legacy of Gordon Matta-Clark and the current phenomenon of “post-gentrification,” to draw links between SoHo’s past and present.
Image credit: (Between display and displacement), 2017. Documentation of a site-specific installation at Drdova Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic. Photo by Anu Vahtra
Organized by Esa Nickle and Maaike Gouwenberg, with Estonian Curatorial Fellow Evelyn Raudsepp. Co-presented by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center. Supported by Performa Commissioning Fund and Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center.