Lisette Ros (1991) is a (conceptual) performance artist from Amsterdam.
In her work she challenges conventions, routine behavior and banal acts and questions their self-evidence. Starting point of her work is the confrontation with herself; questioning and challenging her own bodily conditioning, lust for control and daily routine. As performance artist Ros uses herself to provide audiences with the same confrontation as she undergoes herself, both in body and spirit. Ros poses questions by doing.
An important and relevant work is her ongoing research project into the Self and the identification process, titled the ‘My Self’ series. This series started by researching the well-known convention of “just being yourself.” But what does that actually mean and contain? For her it meant the start of an in-depth research into the Self and the identification process. Ros launched the series with ‘My Self, the Fetus’ (2015), which she still performs. The entire research series now counts up to four parts. Becoming aware of one’s conditioned body is a fundamental pillar in this respect.
Her critical findings are shared in live performances, performance video art, as installations or whichever form is suited best for transferring the research insights and confrontation.
- ‘TRANCE’ collaboration with Asian Dope Boys (Tianzhuo Chen) at MWoods Museum, Beijing, China: 13 October till 3 November 2019. Live performance: 36 hours in three days (very short impression in the video above).
- ‘My Self, the Body’ video + installation at Uncensored Festival, London, UK: 17 till 20 May 2019.
- Launch of ‘My Self, the Body’ in a live performance + installation with The Living Museum at South By Southwest (SXSW), Austin, Texas, USA: March 2018.
- ‘INTERVENING SPACE: Reframing Conventions’ live performance at International Art and Architecture Festival, Venice Biennal, Venice, Italy: October 2016.
- ‘INTERVENING SPACE: Reframing Conventions’ live performance and installation at IFFTI Polimoda Conference, Florence, Italy: May 2015.
© Lisette Ros
© Photo: Edland Man (collaboration with Beau Battant)