Retrospective Remarks on Rose English, Mona Hatoum and Ana Mendieta: Where Is Performance?

Georgina Guy, Johanna Linsley

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As major international art institutions incorporate performance into their programs and collections, a particular emphasis on the capacity of performance to produce relations and generate sociopolitical context has emerged. While this may suggest a turn away from performance ontologies so foundational to earlier formations of the field, this chapter asks how and where to locate the particular materialities and theoretical concerns of performance as it is produced by artists. In asking these questions, Georgina Guy and Johanna Linsley consider three examples of retrospective exhibitions of performance artists—Rose English, Mona Hatoum and Ana Mendieta—that use the display of objects as the primary mode. The retrospective is a particular form of solo exhibition that makes an account of an artist’s life and work and so puts forward claims about that artist’s position within a wider art historical discourse. In tracing the complex negotiations of context, decontextualization and recontextualization that the retrospective entails, the authors find that alternative ontologies of performance are produced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReconstructing Performance Art
Subtitle of host publicationPractices of Historicisation, Documentation and Representation
EditorsTancredi Gusman
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781003275909
ISBN (Print)9781032231358
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2023


  • performance art
  • retrospective
  • exhibition
  • Ana Mendieta
  • Mona Hatoum
  • Rose English

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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