What do we see when we pay closer attention to the experience of time passing?
Making its debut at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Maria Hassabi’s performative work CANCELLED considers womanhood from perspectives that cross generations. Four female performers move within a vivid soundscape. Their choreography is composed of individual solos that display poses historically associated with women based on everyday mannerisms throughout history and rooted in Hassabi’s signature style of stillness and deceleration. The use of verticality, and its resistance to gravity, is interspersed with more fluid movements that become central to the work. CANCELLED is meticulously crafted, with every action and every look subject to counts and cues.
Since the early 2000s, Hassabi (Greek, b. 1973) has developed a unique artistic practice based on the relationship between the live body, the still image, and the sculptural object. In Hassabi’s works the performing body is typically the main subject, often embedded within grand settings. In the context of the CMA’s Ames Family Atrium, CANCELLED invites visitors to pause and take note of their own relationship to time, space, and the images that infiltrate their daily experience.
Hassabi’s methods for slowing down perception mirror FRONT International 2022’s curatorial attention to the long time frames that meaningful change—whether on a personal or social level—often requires.