GIBCA Extended 2023
Performance: Anastasia Savinova
- Gråskärsbadet, beach
The artist Anastasia Savinova will be visiting The Nordic Watercolour Museum with a performance that gives the site a voice and engages with the museum's location on the water's edge.
Glacier Milk and Apprentice of the Tide
In her performance, Anastasia Savinova merges the human and more-than-human world in a slow enigmatic flow. Water rituals link to the memories of primeval glaciers. Ancient ice melts, blue milk leaks into waves and feeds life.
For the performance Glacier Milk and Apprentice of the Tide, the artist has created wearable and mobile sculptures – graphic icons of water – that will be activated in the seaside landscape nearby Nordiska Akvarellmuseet. Spongy and seashell creatures incorporate images of the sea itself and suggest images of living organisms.
This work is part of Savinova’s ongoing project We Swim in One Water, which has been unfolding through numerous performances, videos, and sculptural installations. It focuses on the intimacies and connectedness through water on geographical, biological, metaphorical, and spiritual levels. Read more about the project below.
"We are bodies of water
born from the sea
In our mother's milk
we touch the algae and the shellfish
Whoever you are
Wherever you are
We swim in one water"
- Anastasia Savinova, We Swim in One Water
Anastasia Savinova’s practice revolves around ecologies and human relationships with the “more-than-human world”, questions of co-living and on co-vulnerability on Earth. She works with sculpture, drawing, sound, video, and performance, investigating how everything is intertwined and how we constantly emerge as a part of something greater. Savinova’s work has been shown and performed in Sweden as well as internationally and she is represented in several museum collections.Website
We Swim in One Water
In the past few years, Savinova has been working on the long-term project "We Swim in One Water", which focuses on connectedness through water on multiple levels. As an act of paying attention to the world she often turns to found objects, from household items, to parts of machines and large boats, to plants, minerals, parts of animals. Weaving together natural and industrial artifacts of our environment, she addresses the beauty and sublimity of the world, intimate connection between organisms, and fragility of ecosystems in the age of mass extinction.