A performative act by Ria Pacquée during the closing event of the exhibition Reflector by Nate Lights at PLUS One Gallery in Antwerp.
"I'm standing in the basement of Plus-One gallery in Antwerp. Downstairs in the cave I’m visible through a window. When the performance starts I cover the window with white soap so that I become invisible. Outside, the audience can see me standing in the deep through an iron grating. The moment I become invisible from the inside I start to shout repetitively: “Will the last one leaving please turn off the lights”. While shouting I shine a lamp on my face and onto a paper on which appears the text: "1,3 billion are living in the dark”. I stop shouting when my voice starts to crack." — Ria Pacquée, 2017
Nate Lights' Artist Editions is curated by Ben Van den Berghe.
read more about Ria Pacquée
Ria Pacquée (*1954) lives and works in Antwerp.
The artist had her international breakthrough in the 1980s with her performance series featuring characters she created – ‘Madame’ and ‘It’. Infiltrating reality by means of these two personae, she carried out an artistic investigation of the thin dividing line between the fictional and the actual. In more recent work she has tended to concentrate on photographic and video productions, in which the experiences gained as a performance artist still play an important role.
As a spectator (photographs and videos) of public life and as a participant (performances), Pacquée tries to find answers to the most elementary questions of existence. In this respect the street is her arena of study. She sees the street as a living setting, in which she moves discreetly (‘street rambling’), recording events from a particular viewpoint with a camera. Her interest in rituals and the metaphysics of religious experience, anonymity, city wandering and collecting of concomitant sounds and images – recreation and appropriation of reality by extracting details from their everyday context are also important themes in her work. Much is left to chance.
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