The Royal Academy of Art - Prinsessegracht 4,
Den Haag, Netherlands
September 2020

Photography by Io Alexa Sivertsen

Coastline is a site specific performance piece for Netherlands particularly, a third of the country is below sea-level with its lowest point at -6,7m. The startingpoint of the performance is the waterlevel of the given location, which in this case is 1m under NAP (Normaal Amsterdams Peil - the average high water mark).

A human body attempts to swim in space wearing a wetsuit. In a two-pointed harness, which allows versatile movements of the body, the performer moves slowly. The gravity leads the choreography, even a subtle adjustment changes the balance. With a crane which the hangingsystem is attatched to, the performer elevates, floating at imaginary horizons of the worst case future scenarios.

Duration: 7:50


Helena van Doeverenplantsoen,
Den Haag, Netherlands
December 2019

Photography by Io Alexa Sivertsen

Nelli Serzanowa

Étude Nº2 is a performance piece I performed in Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 2019. A block of ice serves as a counterweight, balancing against a human body of approximately the same weight. The equilibrium can be viewed as the relationship between man and nature. Étude Nº2 is a continuation of my earlier works on water.

As the ice is sensitive to the room temperature, the ice melts into water and a different recognition of time is implemented through the gradual change within the ice. I have been interested in nature’s grand gestures, the ice’s quick reaction underlines the urgency. As the ice diminishes, the body emerges as heavier. The water can at times appear peaceful, yet it is a brutal force of nature. You can collaborate with the unpredictable and the ruthless, but you have to respect its strength. In one sense it is the ultimate contrast to society, whereas society is constantly trying to conquer new domains, we are still subjected to the water, not vice versa. Perhaps that is why man has always felt not only terrified at sea, but also free.

Stedelijk Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Filmed by Io Alexa Sivertsen
Directed, performed, edited by Anastína Eyjólfsdóttir

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Duration: 9:52