Political-Timing-Specific: Performance Art in the Realm of the Museum: The Potential of Reenactment as Practice of Memorialization

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Can reenactments be a way to create counter-narratives in and for the museum? Through the analysis of political performance (or what the artist Tania Bruguera calls ‘political-timing-specific’ artworks), this essay discusses the potential of reenactment as both a practice of materializing memories and narratives of oppression and of rethinking museum policies in terms of preservation and display. Its main argument is that, while the archive can be regarded as a form of materializing the memory of these works, reenactment is more than a way of recovering the past; it is also a device for reconstructing memories of activism and oppression. This essay further suggests that reenactments of political-timing-specific works demand a change in accessioning, conservation, and presentation practices, which might be inclined to erase decentralized art-historical and material narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOver and Over and Over Again
Subtitle of host publication Reenactment Strategies in Contemporary Arts and Theory
EditorsCristina Baldacci, Clio Nicastro, Arianna Sforzini,
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherICI Berlin Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-3-96558-027-5
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Memory
  • Reenactment
  • Museum
  • Activism
  • Political-timing-specific art


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