Some of my favourite cultural events and acts that I experience here in the North East are, more often than not, acts or events curated by people who have come from a faraway land.
Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) often spellbinds me with groups from all over the world with their dance and theatre. And at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), I’m transported to different lands through the medium of visual arts. From chocolate from Congo to a place of asylum for Middle Eastern members of our community, MIMA always delivers in terms of broadening the minds of the people of Teesside.
Their latest exhibition, ‘The Frieze Project’, is brought to you by Johannesburg based artist and educator, Donna Kukama, who will be working with MIMA between Thursday 5th and Sunday 8th October.
Kukama’s work is, in its majority, based in performance. At MIMA she will encourage visitors to take part in the performance that features medicinal plants outside the entrance. The idea is to create an organic and unscripted moment between artist and visitor that can challenge the often traditional “ways of doing.”
What I love about this event is that it will be bringing the wonder of performance art to Teesside. There’s something transformative about seeing art performed by an actual human being. I would heartily recommend you search for videos of Kukama’s previous work as it will give you a great idea of her talents and what you will miss if you don’t attend.
This is a great chance to witness international performance art by a world-renowned name in the art world. I believe it’s important to support local institutions like MIMA because they are the organisations championing art and culture in our area.
So make your way to MIMA, Middlesbrough between Thursday 5th and Sunday 8th October and witness this extraordinary performance art for yourself.
For further information about the performance, and all upcoming performances and exhibitions at MIMA, head to visitmima.com.