At the Tate Modern, Joan Jonas, Modern Shaman

Her pioneering performances and video revolutionised the art scene of the ‘60s and she hasn’t stopped stunning the public ever since. Joan Jonas, regardless of her 81 years of life, continues to be one of the most audacious artists alive today. The Tate Modern has created the largest exhibition of her works ever mounted in Great Britain. It isn’t a typical rhetorical celebration that one often sees with a longstanding icon, but an experimental event that renews the cutting edge reputation of the museum of the Bankside, with an itinerary that also includes video projections at the Starr Cinema and installations in the spaces of The Tanks. And for whoever wishes to have the breathtaking experience of seeing Joan live, there are the performances of the BMW Tate Live Exhibition, six evenings where the artist will perform along with eminent colleagues in both old and new pieces. Among the first artists to use video, in her studies Jonas mixed dance, experimental cinema, contemporary music, drawing and the Japanese theatrical traditions of Nō and Kabuki, using mirrors, masks and costumes to explore the codes of “representation”. The environment, animals and climate change are among her favourite themes, as well as the exploration of the body and identity.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 for Bvlgari Hotel London