Past Public Program
Our Best Intentions, a participatory performance series and video installation by artist Einat Amir, was co-commissioned by Artis and Performa for Performa 13. The performance was comprised of nine interactive evenings and a four-channel video installation open during gallery hours.
For the project, the gallery space at Affirmation Arts was transformed into four domestic settings – a living room, bedroom, study and dining room – which served as the stage set for each hour-long performance and the viewing area for the video installation. Each live, interactive session involved an intimate group of around 20 participants; upon entering the space, individuals selected a labeled vest with titles such as “mother,” “lover,” “future,” and “doubt,” which served as key visual cues for the actions that ensued. After taking their positions in the space, participants were led through collaborative workshops by four moderators and encouraged to use personal stories and memories to confront unresolved issues and reveal themselves in unexpected ways.
Einat Amir is a Jerusalem-born video and performance artist, who confronts audiences with situations that interweave reality and fiction, interrogating social and political conventions by probing the interface between audience and actor, self and other. Amir’s work has been shown at MoMA/PS1, New York; Performa09, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Dallas Contemporary Art Center; The Digital Art Lab, Holon; The Haifa Museum of Art, Israel; The Bat Yam Museum of Art, Israel; The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Palais De Tokyo, Paris; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde; Winzavod Art Center, Moscow; Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris; Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö; and Städtische Galerie, Bremen. Amir received an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2009. She lives and works in Tel Aviv and is represented by Scaramouche Gallery, New York and Aspect Ratio, Chicago.