Andrea Saemann, Saemann meets Schneemann, 2005
Andrea Saemann
Saemann meets Schneemann

Andrea Saemann (*1962, Switzerland) studied architecture in Zurich and art in Hamburg under Marina Abramović. She currently lives in Basel, where she is an artist and independent curator. She has coordinated, among other things, Kaskadenkondensator, a space for contemporary art, performance and music. Since 2007, she and Katrin Grögel have put together Performance Saga, a video interview project and performance art festival. Between 2011-2017 she coordinated the Swiss Performance Art Awards. Since 2014, she has been the curator of the annual festival International Performance Art in Giswil. Her works often take the form of re-performances dealing with the pioneers of feminist performance art. These performances typically begin as dry lectures, which spark the audience’s interest while inspiring more and more laughter.

In this 45-minute performance, Andrea Saemann talks about her encounter with Carolee Schneemann when they met for an interview and about her fascination for her work as an artist. She tells anecdotes about Schneemann’s love life and life as an artist, to the growing amusement of her audience. She thereby portrays the attitudes of a younger generation, which sometimes has difficulties understanding the actions of pioneers of feminist art. Saemann’s re-enactment of Schneemann’s Interior Scroll and her dry and humoristic narration is as close as anyone can get to an iconic performance.

Courtesy Andrea Saemann