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Studio Now

May 06, 2020 – June 07, 2020

The Museum of Modern Art

Studio Now is a series that champions emerging voices, forms, and discourses across media, from international and local artists. In its first year, Studio Now presents Nora Turato, Alexandre Estrela, and Reetu Sattar. Nora Turato (Croatian, born 1991) will present the United States premiere of her performance #pool 4. Turato’s practice intertwines spoken word, graphic design, and book-making in virtuosic, immersive performances focused on the possibilities of language in a culture oversaturated with information. For his project in the Kravis Studio, film and media artist Alexandre Estrela (Portuguese, born 1971) will present a suite of recent video works that tap into the unique spatial and sonic properties of the performative platform in which they are staged. Dhaka-based performance artist Reetu Sattar (Bangladeshi, born 1981) will present her performance and film installation Lost Tune (Harano Sur) (2017–18) for the first time in the US. Set within a custom-built scaffold structure, Lost Tune explores the harmonium, a traditional instrument commonly found in households across Bangladesh. A group of musicians in grid formation play extended tones, suggesting that voices of dissent can persist despite the civil unrest in Sattar’s native country.

 

Studio Now is organized by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator; Ana Janevski, Curator; and Martha Joseph, Assistant Curator, Department of Media and Performance; and Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film; and produced by Lizzie Gorfaine, Producer, and Kate Scherer, Manager, with Beatrice Johnson, Assistant Performance Coordinator, and Stavia Grimani, Assistant Performance Coordinator, Performance and Live Programs.

 

Media and Performance at MoMA is made possible by Hyundai Card.

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Nora Turato. pool2. UKS Young Artists’ Society, Oslo. Photo: Jan Khür

“unnamed.” Nora Turato reading from pool2. Image courtesy of the artist and UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund/Young Artists’ Society)

 

 

Alexandre Estrela. Square and Circular Sounds, 2020. Courtesy the artist

Reetu Sattar. Still from Harano Sur (Lost Tune), 2017-2018. Video (color, sound). Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and the Liverpool Biennial in association with the New North New South and the Archaeology of the Final Decade. Courtesy the artist.

Reetu Sattar. Still from Harano Sur (Lost Tune), 2017-2018. Video (color, sound). Co-commissioned by Samdani Art Foundation and the Liverpool Biennial in association with the New North New South and the Archaeology of the Final Decade. Courtesy the artist.