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Lilibeth Cuenca: "Never Mind Pollock" (2008 / 2009), in the Performance Programme. Video: Anne Quirynen

Lilibeth Cuenca (Denmark *1970)

Lilibeth Cuenca works primarily with video and since 2007 performances, in which she navigates the interspaces between the staging of music videos and the reality of documentaries, between personal confessionals and political commitment. Cuenca graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Copenhagen, Denmark in 2002 and her work is shown internationally. In 2009 she took part in the artist-in residency programme ISCP in New York

Never Mind Pollock
Performance by Lilibeth Cuenca DK

Never Mind Pollock is a story about iconic female artists. The theme is the replacement of painting as a materialized representation of art. These artists used themselves directly as tools for their artwork. They seized performance art when it was new, unexplored and not dominated by males, as opposed to painting or sculpture. Through performance art they could comment directly on gender issues and their own difficulties finding recognition in the art scene.

Make a piece of Art – Remake of Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s bed-in, Toronto, 26th may, 1969
Artist talk and performance by Lilibeth Cuenca & Toke Lykkeberg DK

Make a piece of art is a reenactment of Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s bed-in by the couple Lilibeth Cuenca and Toke Lykkeberg, an artist and a critic/curator respectively. Contrary to the famous bed-in, this new performance is not concerned with what is going on in the world; rather it is concerned with itself, i.e. art and the art world. It is a performance as a so-called “artist talk.“ Taking Lilibeth Cuenca’s re-enactments as a starting point, the couple discusses topics such as performance art, referentialism, accessibility, originality and how the art world functions, all within a period of 55 minutes, during which a difference between the practicing artist and the theoretical critic-curator becomes clear. In response to the critic/curator’s taunting and provocative questions, the artist sometimes declines to talk, preferring instead to express herself in another way.


Lilibeth Cuenca & Toke Lykkeberg: "Make a piece of Art ..." (2008 / 2009), in the Conference Programme.
Photograph: Jan Stradtmann


In the Performance Programme:

"Never Mind Pollock", Performance.
"Make a piece of Art – Remake of Yoko Ono and John Lennon’s bed-in, Toronto, 26th may, 1969", Performance and Artist talk with Toke Lykkeberg.

In the Video Archive:

"A Void", 2008, 24:36min.


Lilibeth Cuenca Website