Performance Alexis Blake – Anthology of Anger

Date: 11/02/2018

Time: 16.00 - 17.30

Location: Studio Alexis Blake, Mauritskade 61, 1092 AD Amsterdam (next to Tropenmuseum)

Memory Machine

Anger is present. It is palpable in the streets, among the crowds, in exchanges; it is the driving force that is pushing one into action. It is an emotion that still carries taboos and stigmas regarding gender, class and race. Anger is convoluted and expressed through or suppressed by psychological, physical, cultural and socio-political factors.

On the occasion of the exhibition Some Things Hidden (on show at Framer Framed from 19 January – 11 March 2018), Alexis Blake presents the first phase of her new performance, Anthology of Anger, which explores how culture, history and DNA influence one’s expression or suppression of anger and empathy, verses the body’s authentic movements of these emotions. 

This iteration of the performance will take place in the artist’s studio (Mauritskade 61, Amsterdam) on Sunday 11 February at 4 PM. The performance connects to the work Research drawings for Anthology of Anger (2017-ongoing), which is part of the exhibition at Framer Framed.

What do our intuitive movements say about the knowledge we store in our bodies? How do we postulate using our limbs? Is my anger my own, or is it inherited? Through the performance Blake collectively examines the relationship between ‘prescribed’ anger and empathy and their intuitive expression. By embodying these emotions and expressing them physically, as opposed to verbally, she attempts to free the more sensory and intuitive aspects of our behaviour. 

Performers: Mami IzumiMarika Meoli and Alexis Blake

Anthology of Anger was also performed during the first part of exhibition Some Things Hidden, which was on show at Castrum Peregrini in November 2017, during Amsterdam Art Weekend.

Entry: Free, but sign up via

16:00: doors open
16:20: intro + start performance
17:00: drinks

Alexis Blake has a multidisciplinary practice that coalesces fine art, movement and performance. She investigates the way in which the body is represented and treated as an archive, which she then critically examines, disrupts and re-negotiates.

► The group exhibition Some Things Hidden is a collaboration between Framed Framed and Castrum Peregrini, curated by Charlott Markus and Nina Folkersma. Some Things Hidden deals with hiding and the hidden, and the politics of (in)visibility. The exhibition opened on 18 January at Framer Framed and is on show til 11 March, 2018. The exhibition was previously shown in a smaller, more performative version at Castrum Peregrini (18 – 26 November 2016).