Jerzy Onuch

b. 1954, Poland

Jerzy Onuch has been working as an artist since the late 1970s, presenting performance and installation works in Europe and North America. He has also worked extensively as a gallery director, presenting innovative contemporary art exhibitions in a variety of media. Since 1997 he has served as the director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art in Kyiv, Ukraine, and has recently been appointed Commissioner/Curator of the first Ukrainian presentation at the next Venice Biennial.

Between Us by Jerzy Onuch

This performance is part of FADO’sĀ Public Space / Private PlacesĀ series, and is presented in the context of the 7A*11D International Festival of Performance Art.

For Between Us, the audience entered a room set up with six industrial fans. As the performance progressed, a repetitive soundtrack gradually increased in volume over 20 minutes from nearly inaudibly to uncomfortably loud, then slowly faded away over the next 20 minutes to silence. The performer, dressed anonymously, moved slowly around the room, whistling quietly into peopleā€™s ears and presenting a card with a poetic text. 

Between UsĀ addresses the discomforts associated with intimacy, examining the double-edged sword of awkwardness, which can encourage solidarity and bonding or lead to alienation and isolation. The work also considers issues of proximity and personal space, setting up a situation that questions the role of the performer and his relationship to the audience.

Performance Yellow

This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?

Top Notes

yellow mandarin, mimosa

Middle Notes

honey, chamomile, salt

Base Notes

narcissus, guaiac wood, piss, beer