4U by Angelika Fojtuch

Thursday / Oct 30 / 08
8:00 pm

XPACE Cultural Centre
58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Angelika Fojtuch

FADO Performance Art Centre presents 4U by Angelika Fotjuch in the context of the 2008 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. 


It is not the wound that matters. It is the scar.

I come up to one of the men in the audience and kneel down behind him. I tie my right foot to his with a bandage. I do the same with our left feet and continue to tie our whole bodies together. I wrap a bandage around my head, so only my hands remain visible. Finally I also hide my hands underneath the bandage and stop any activity, so only the man remains visible. There is silence. After a while the curator or members of the audience assume the performance is over and start to free us from the bandage. Yet when they finish I do not let go of the man and cling to him instead. When he tries to get rid of me I hold on to him as strongly as I can.

In different situations I experience a variety of reactions from my performance partners including:

He decides to carry me out of the room on his back.

He does not act to end the situation and lets me embrace him for next four hours.

He turns around to face me and hugs me firmly. He uses force to get rid of me.

~Angelika Fojtuch


4U (2008 / 2009)

Duration 40–240 minutes

1 | Noce z Performance| BWA | Bydgoszcz, Poland 2008
2 | 9th OPEN | Beijing, China 2008
3 | FADO Performance Art Centre, part of the 7a11d Festival | Toronto, Canada 2008
4 | 1st Thessaloniki Performance Festival, part of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art | The State Museum of Contemporary Art | Thessaloniki, Greece 2009


7a*11d is a not-for-profit, artist-driven collective that curates and produces English Canada’s oldest ongoing biennial of performance art. In non-festival years collective members engage in a variety of other performance-based projects. 7a11d was established in 1997 by a group of performance artists, collectives, and organizers, eager to develop a forum for performance art in Toronto. The first 7a11d International Festival of Performance Art, in August 1997, presented the work of 60 local, national and international artists.


[ 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art (1997 - 2014) ]

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