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The starting point for Vlatka Horvat’s performance Third Hand is a collection of scenes, images, and performance moments that other artists and writers have recounted to her from memory. Responding to this unruly catalogue of vivid fragments, all of which focus on the performing body, Horvat creates a work that is somewhere between collage, animated archive, partial re-enactment, and memory palace. Third Hand explores the ways in which performance lingers despite the processes of distortion, displacement, and erasure which take place in memory and over time, and which are amplified through the act of narration. The human body summoned in Third Hand is a problematic, transforming and misremembered one – mistaken for animal, ghost, object, or machine; hesitant and determined, exhausted and persisting, ecstatic, working, resting, and playing as it is made and remade in language and in the moment of performance.

About the Artist

Vlatka Horvat works across a wide range of forms, including sculpture, installation, drawing, performance, photography, and writing, and presents her work internationally in a variety of contexts – in museums and galleries, theater and dance festivals, and in public space.

She has had solo exhibitions at Renata Fabbri (Milan), Eastwards Prospectus (Bucharest), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Wilfried Lentz (Rotterdam), CAPRI (Düsseldorf), Zak|Branicka Gallery (Berlin), Museums Sheffield, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center (Portland), MMC Luka (Pula), Galerija SC (Zagreb), annex14 (Zürich), Boston University Art Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery (NYC), Bergen Kunsthall, the Kitchen (NYC), and Galerija Nova (Zagreb).

Recently commissioned projects include the Pavilion of Croatia at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale, a 3-month-long piece for the Art in the Public Space program of the City of Zurich, a series of events in a disused flower shop for VOLT (Bergen), and installations for Bard Center for Curatorial Studies (upstate NY), Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Marta Herford Museum (Herford), Kunsthalle Osnabrück, the 53rd October Salon (Belgrade), Stroom (The Hague), “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1 (NYC), MGLC and Galerija Skuc (both Ljubljana), Aichi Triennale (Nagoya), and the 11th Istanbul Biennale.

Horvat’s performances have been presented in numerous venues and festivals, including LIFT – London International Festival of Theatre, KAAI Studios (Brussels), HAU – Hebbel an Uffer (Berlin), Fondation Cartier (Paris), INKONST (Malmo), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Malta Festival (Poznan), Teatro Maria Matos (Lisbon), Meteor Festival (Bergen), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Frascati (Amsterdam), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Clockshop and Outpost for Contemporary Art (both Los Angeles), the Jerusalem Show (Jerusalem and Ramallah).

She holds a BA in Theater from Columbia College Chicago, an MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and a PhD from Roehampton University in London, UK.

Born in what used to be Yugoslavia, Horvat moved to the US as a teenager, right before Yugoslavia fell apart. After 20 years in the States, she currently lives in London, where she teaches in the Fine Art department at Central St Martins, University of the Arts London. Her work in visual art is represented by galleries Renata Fabbri arte contemporanea (Milan), Eastwards Prospectus (Bucharest), and annex14 (Zurich).

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About Graham Foundation

Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Graham realizes this vision through making project-based grants to individuals and organizations and producing exhibitions, events, and publications.

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