Joan Jonas (New York, United Sates, 1936) is a pioneer of performance, experimental film and video installation. In her works the influence of contemporary dance and avant-garde cinema replace narrative continuity with a multimedia performance style that merges drawing, sculpture and video. Working with artists and friends such as Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt and Gordon Matta-Clark, and studying with contemporary dancers such as Trisha Brown and Yvonne Rainer, she developed an artistic proposal that alternates between performance and its translation to video installations.
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I like to work with what is often called "cultural heritage", but the materials that I use are banal and clichéd, like sugar blocks, doors, couscous, rugs, official documents.
Latifa Echakhch