HERE, 2021. Installation view. Performer: Alice Heyward. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Thomas Poravas
  • HERE, 2021. Installation view. Performer: Alice Heyward. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Thomas Poravas
  • HERE, 2021. Installation view. Performer: Alice Heyward. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Thomas Poravas
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Maria Hassabi

Friday, September 16, and Saturday, September 17
Ames Family Atrium

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.

CANCELLED was produced by the LUMA Foundation and premiered at LUMA ARLES as a result of the Artist-in-Residency Program. Co-commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, produced in partnership with VIA Art Fund and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

FRONT exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art are presented by Richard and Michelle Jeschelnig, with additional support from the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation, Fleischner Family Charitable Foundation, the Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is proud to partner with FRONT International. All exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Exhibitions. Major annual support is provided by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Generous annual support is provided by an anonymous supporter, Dick Blum (deceased) and Harriet Warm, Dr. Ben H. and Julia Brouhard, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., Leigh and Andy Fabens, Michael Frank in memory of Patricia Snyder, the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn, William S. and Margaret F. Lipscomb, Bill and Joyce Litzler, Carl and Lu Anne Morrison, Henry Ott-Hansen, Tim O’Brien and Breck Platner, Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Resch, Anne H. Weil, and Claudia C. Woods and David A. Osage.

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HERE, 2021. Installation view. Performer: Alice Heyward. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Thomas Poravas