Embodied: Performace & Documentary

6 Nov 2015 – 29 Nov 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark


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With the exhibition Embodied, Nikolaj Kunsthal and CPH:DOX present major recent works by influential international artists investigating the relationship of documentary, art and performance.


Embodied presents a series of encounters between documentary and performance. Seeking to go beyond the question of authenticity that is initially raised by this intersection, Embodied considers performance a process of re-enactment, re-presentation, mediation, and of staging reality. The exhibition considers ideas such as the individual subject as a discursive (documentary) practice, counter-performances, exhibitionism, and unconscious performance.

Linking these various ideas together is an intimated questioning of the tension between fiction and reality within documentary. Rather than permitting the illusory ability of this genre to present a concrete reality, Embodied takes viewers beyond the here and now of the document and into an alternative temporality, one that is accessed via various performative devices which place the medium of the body at their core. The works in the exhibition therefore present the documented body as both a subject and an object; in action and acted upon. 

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Jacqui Davies

Exhibiting artists

Katarzyna Badach

Apichatpong Weerasethakul


Martha Rosler

Coco Fusco

Samson Kambalu

Jérôme Bel

Alfredo Ramos Fernández

Tacita Dean

Yael Bartana

Richard Billingham

Zina Saro-Wiwa

Louis Henderson


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