IN THE RUBRIC "NEW NAME" once a week we talk about promising newcomers - musicians, directors, artists and other creative people. That is, everyone whose name is increasingly appearing on the pages of magazines, in social media feeds and in our conversations, and who is clearly on the verge of great success. Today we are talking about the red-haired British woman Fay Green, a young artist who turned a fit of hysterics into a brilliant performance, bypassed 1600 other art projects with this work and won the prestigious Emerging Artist Award.
Text: Natasha Fuchs
Winner of the Converse / Dazed Emerging Artist Award 2013
London-based Whitechapel Gallery, located in the East End, annually hosts a show of young artists in cooperation with the publication Dazed & Confused and awards the best Emerging Artist Awards. The gallery was opened in 1901 and hosted the British premieres of Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo. Today, the jury for the Converse / Dazed Emerging Artist Award includes serious representatives of the fine arts world. For example, Paul Noble, author of "Nobson Newtown" and nominee for the Turner Prize, gave his vote for a recent student at Newcastle University and the heroine of this article, Faye Green.
After receiving her bachelor's degree in June 2013, Green showed her works in her native Newcastle - in Vane Gallery and Baltic 39. Not painting, not sculpture or video art, but performance. Passionate about bodily practices and how the body reacts and represents the artist's spoken text, during her studies, Faye sought to find a dialogue between performance art, literature and philosophy. She did not dare to present the first show to the public alone and did it together with like-minded Beth Ramsey. In their performance, the girls explored asynchronous collective movements, so successfully that Faye continued her further work on her own in London in the fall of 2013.
For Whitechapel Gallery, Faye Green created a new performance called "NOT TO DISCOU [RAGE] YOU", for which she later received the main Converse / Dazed Emerging Artist Award. Inspired by the writings of the neuropsychologist Charcot and his detailed descriptive tables of the various phases of hysteria, Faye poeticly portrayed the seizure through dance and text read aloud. For the artist, hysteria has become not just a well-choreographed choreography, but also a method for studying the symbolic body language with which she introduces the viewer. Have you been intently, but at a safe distance, to observe someone's tantrum? If suddenly not, then now there is a "forbidden dance" for this Fay Green.
One of Fay's teachers, Chris Jones, noted that she has always been a very serious and hardworking student, and that he is very happy to see how the awards and recognition find their heroes. Justifying the words of the professor, immediately after winning the competition, Green went to the Berlin art residence Culturia to create new performances.
Faye Green interview for Dazed & Confused
Green during a joint performance with Beth Ramsey