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Rabbya Naseer

Rabbya Naseer

Rabbya Naseer

Performative Gestures, the title of this presentation, explores the ways in which ‘Performance’ becomes a tool for reconfiguring the status and function of art from passivity to active agency and direct confrontation. Rabbya Naseer will be sharing examples from her artistic, curatorial and research practice to examine Performance Art.

Rabbya Naseer (Pakistan) is an artist, curator, teacher and art critic. Using performance as an instrument, her work deals with private and public ‘day-to-day’ as if it were a place where social values are declared and challenged. In Promises to Keep (2017), Naseer examined the use of the body in actions of self-representation by twelve Pakistani female artists from three different generations, and the way their works reveal their proactive involvement with sociopolitical issues.

Rabbya Naseer [audio]

19 FEB 2019
TUE 18:30

Small Auditorium and Live streaming
Free entry*
Duration 90 minutes

* Free entry (subject to availability), tickets available on the day from 10:00am at the ticket-office

In english with simultaneous translation

Live streaming here

Full presentation Rabbya Naseer

Performative Gestures explores the ways in which ‘Performance’ becomes a tool for reconfiguring the status and function of art from passivity to active agency and direct confrontation. Naseer is an interdisciplinary artist, whose practice is informed by her immediate environment, producing a material entity only as a by-product of her lived experiences. She will be sharing examples from her artistic, curatorial and research practice to examine; if Performance Art’s resistance to definitions and the challenges of archiving the undefined experience, helps make it something more than the sum of its component parts? How rethinking spatial relations between ‘art-object’, ‘artist’ and ‘viewer/participant’ are integral to the structure of producing experiential art? How interdisciplinary practice through a conscious blurring of distinctions between ‘Art’ and ‘everyday life’, helps question clearly defined categories to broaden the concept of art and its affect? How such works examine the everyday (both private and public) as a domain in which social values are asserted and contested? How attention to ‘situations’ highlights the close relationship between ‘performance’ and processes of ‘social organization’? How this investigation and appropriation of specific lived ‘experiences’ helps with analyzing the relationship between the ‘real’ and the ‘representational’? And lastly, what is the role of the witness in order to explore the notions of truth, perception and intimacy in archiving the undefined experience.


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Panel 2



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Panel 3



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Fundação Oriente

Streaming support



Institute of Art History, ICNOVA – Nova Institute of Communication, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of University Nova de Lisboa, CEIS20-UC – Centre of Interdisciplinary Studies from XX century, FLUC 


Teatro da Garagem


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Ana Pais, Luís Trindade, Manuel Lisboa, Susana Mendes Silva

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