Hannah Black, Bonaventure (Soraya Lutangu) & Ebba Fransén Waldhör
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, 2018
NXIETIN is the aftermath of a performance that took place the evening of April 29th 2018 and is intended as both performance set and exhibition. Inflatable walls designed for training use by military and police divide the space into interior and exterior areas. The windows are covered with cardboard, blocking the view to the outside, but let in light through cut-out images of physical intimacy, based on drawings by the artists and friends.
The performance’s previous iterations at MoMA PS1 in New York and the Chisenhale and the ICA in London imagined the fictional super-hero Anxietina moving through an everyday apocalypse, emphasizing the continuity of collective being as an internally fragmented series of sharp discontinuous breaks. Here, fusing this apparent paradox even closer together, Anxietina marks the contours of a catastrophic domestic space, where the cancelled-out exterior world beyond the gallery’s walls reappears in the form of fantasies of intimacy and threat.