born 1980 in Tauranga, New Zealand
lives and works in Melbourne, Australia
The Work, 2019
performance, 60 min
14 and 28 September 2019, 1pm
Photographs by Christopher Snee, AGNSW
For Making Art Public, Alicia Frankovich presented The Work, a large-scale choreography of the Entrance Court at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
Performed by those who have worked behind-the-scenes across the organisation’s 50-year history, from gardeners and security guards to make-up artists and architects, The Work explored the language of public art and offered renewed insights into the Kaldor Public Art Projects archive. Frankovich’s choreography, assisted by Brooke Stamp, drew from participant’s memories and experience of past projects, revealed through actions, physical arrangements and dialogue. The 60-minute performance was presented on two occasions in September 2019 and marked the opening month of the exhibition.
Alicia Frankovich is one of the leading artists of her New Zealand generation, known for her performances, sculptures, videos, and her enquiry into exhibition situations that engage viewers within exhibition formats. Frankovich’s practice investigates how the physicality and behaviour of a body operates within social settings and constructs—including plays of dominance and re-negotiating the audience/performer relationship. She has a BVA in sculpture from AUT, Auckland, and an MFA from Monash University. Frankovich is a current recipient of the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholar, PhD, The Australian National University, Canberra. Frankovich lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.