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Nigel Rolfe, b.1950

Dance Slap for Africa1983

Nigel Rolfe lives and works in Ireland. Since the late 1970s he has developed an international reputation as a performance artist. His practice also encompasses installation, drawing, photography, video and audio media. Rolfe‘s work explores the influence of history on the individual through aesthetic gestures wrought by his body’s interaction with visceral materials such as blood, milk, rope, flour and bogwater.
Dance Slap For Africa records a performance commissioned for an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 1983. According to Rolfe, it ‘deals with concepts of freedom (Dance),sexual identity and violence (Slap) within the anthropology of cultural tribes…To dance for self, to leave the body on the one hand and then the face repeatedly slapped without defence confining self trapped inside, on the other’.

MediumTwo-channel video (colour, sound)
Dimensions Duration: 20 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2006
EditionEdition of 3
Item NumberIMMA.2002
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Nigel Rolfe, Dance Slap for Africa, 1983, Two-channel video (colour, sound), Duration: 20 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2006

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Nigel Rolfe b.1950

Nigel Rolfe was born in the Isle of Wight and lives in Ireland. In the late 1970s he attained a prominent position as a performance artist. Also working with installation, drawing, photography, video and audio media, Rolfe examines the influence of history on the individual and society. He has exhibited extensively, including a retrospective exhibition of his 'Archive' at IMMA in 1994 and retrospective 'Nigel Rolfe Vidéos 1983-1996' at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1996.

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