The British artist Spartacus Chetwynd, also known as Lali Chetwynd (born 1973, in London where she now lives and works), has become known for her baroque and surreal performances, which are charged with humorous image quotations from art history, melded with pop culture references. In the performance “An Evening with Jabba the Hutt” (2003) Chetwynd gives centre stage to the figure and merciless slave trader from the film series “Star Wars” (1977/1980/1983), and gives him the chance to repair his sleazy reputation by hosting a night on world politics. In the tradition of the grotesque, she combines elements from Giotto’s frescoes, characters from Hieronymus Bosch, or Yves Klein’s “Anthropometries” (1960) with heavy metal music, Michael Jackson’s music video “Thriller” (1984), or the 1980s TV series “The Incredible Hulk”. Chetwynd will present a new installative performance production for the migros museum für gegenwartskunst.
Curated by Raphael Gygax