n De Arte - Stephen Cohen's Golgotha : views and (re)views

Volume 2010, Issue 81
  • ISSN : 0004-3389
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Wearing shoes spectacularly horrifying in size as well as social implications, Steven Cohen (b. 1962) flirts, as one might expect him to, with taboo in his latest performance piece, Golgotha. Deep sadness is also part of its repertoire. The work debuted by invitation in early November 2009 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as a part of the prestigious Festival d'Automne; parts of it were screened in 2009 at the curated travelling exhibition, , at the Unisa Art Gallery and Museum Afrika, and in Cohen's retrospective exhibition hosted at the Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town, during February and March 2010. It is a performance work about death and loss, as much as it engages with the traditions of art history and the possibilities of permissibility.

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