Performed rst at the opening of the artist’s solo exhibition in the Zagreb Gallery of Contemporary Art (1976) and later at the Tommaseo Gallery in Trieste (1977), Opening is Sanja Iveković’s rst performance and one of the earliest performances thematizing the artist’s body. It is an explicit de nition of the artist as an embodied (female) subject, who not only shows her art as an intellectual/aesthetic practice displayed on gallery walls but whose body, subjectivity, feeling, or literally “ esh”, is inseparable from her work.
The artist exposed herself in the gallery space, where she met each visitor who entered the gallery, her mouth sealed with tape eliminating all verbal/intellectual communication and a stethoscope connecting
her body to the speakers that transmitted the sound of her heartbeat. Her contact with each visitor was photographed and later exhibited, together with the corresponding recording of the heartbeat.
49 x 23 cm (image) 60 x 34 cm (mount)
Signature: Signed and dated 1978
Gabriele Schor (ed.), Feminist Avant-Garde, Prestel, Munich, 2016, illus. p 390, pp 391-95
About Sanja Iveković
Croatian, b. 1949, Zagreb, Croatia, based in Zagreb, Croatia