VOLIAKOVSKY PERFORMANCE METHOD
Every performance piece is the result of deep conceptual thinking and a carefully designed holistic training, in order to prepare body and mind to endure the complexities of each action,
Prior preparations depend on the nature of each piece: standing still for hours, shouting for long periods of time, resisting low or high temperatures, experiencing drastic body changes.
Voliakovsky's method considers this training as the starting point of every performance piece. both stages -training and performing- are given equal importance.
Physical training might consist of walking, running, learning how to breathe properly. the greatest challenge, however, lies in preparing our mind for the complexities of each piece. A different process begins: one of stripping ourselves of our social qualities and cultural elements that make us respond unconsciously to different circumstances and stimuli.
We are contextual beings, we carry our culture in everything that we are: the way we talk, think, dress, walk, interact with others.
This method's aim is to deactivate these automatic responses rooted in our culture, to make a clean slate that allows our work to be filled with new meaning.
Natacha Voliakovsky (Buenos Aires, 1988) is a visual and performance artist.
She’s been selected to participate in prestigious educational programs around the world, including EMERGENYC at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics (NYU, 2019) and the intensive workshop in performance art at Venice International Performance Art Week (2018). She’s also taken part of the contemporary art residency at Überbau Haus, Brazil (2017) and Sur Polar residency, Antarctica (2014), among others.
The work of Natacha Voliakovsky revolves around the concept of culture as a humanizing system. Her solo shows include Algo de mí vuelve a mí, El cuerpo del escándalo, Pecho argentino, Supervivencia, Žena ve válce, Es una pregunta abierta, Ejercicio para la emergencia, Interferencia, lo opuesto a un momento fugaz, among others. She has been performing in different cities around the world for the last 10 years. Her works have been featured in group exhibitions in Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, the US, Italy, Czech Republic, India, Turkey and Ukraine.
She’s created Voliakovsky Performance Method, a series of training techniques for performance art. The artist’s aim is to share the techniques she herself uses to prepare body and mind before carrying out a performance piece.
As of 2019, she’s developing Argentina Performance Art, the first research platform on performance art in Argentina.