Jaanika Peerna 'Glacier Elegy Brooklyn' Performance @ Dumbo, Brooklyn - live & live-streamed

04 Oct 2020

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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See Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna performing ‘Glacier Elegy Brooklyn’ next to the East River in NYC.

Jaanika Peerna Performance Brooklyn – Please join us for Jaanika Peerna’s performance, ‘Glacier Elegy Brooklyn’ .

Jaanika Peerna’s ‘Glacier Elegy Brooklyn’ Sunday 4 October 2020 – LIVE STREAMED & LIVE

2pm NYC & EST / 7pm UK & BST / 8pm CEST

Due to social distancing requirements, spaces for the live event are limited. Please confirm via email to [email protected] ASAP if you would like to attend. The exact location of the performance will then be sent to you.

If you would like to join the performance via live-stream, please register/RSVP here and you will be sent details of how to join.

For this performance, ‘Glacier Elegy Brooklyn’, Peerna will be performing on the waterfront on the East River, overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. The mourning over the melting glaciers transcends into a mourning and lament for the city. She has chosen this venue for the performance as an act of embracing a city that she loves that has suffered so much.

Much of Jaanika Peerna’s recent work is a lament to glaciers and natural ice. Her ongoing project ‘Glacier Elegy’ forms the central core of her recent practice. Through this iconic work, we see a contemporary artist at her prime addressing the climate emergency.

‘Glacier Elegy’

Jaanika Peerna’s ongoing ‘Glacier Elegy’ project consists of both large scale installations and participatory performances, where large scale drawings, made with her audience, are then melted away together with blocks of ice. Above all, the collective act reflects the collective grief, and also the collective responsibility. Within these performances, the ice operates simultaneously as a positive drawing tool and as an act of erasure.

Equally important, the performances are a reminder that it is our human actions that cause the destruction of glaciers. Hence, Peerna becomes one with nature, its active agent, a representative on the scene.

She describes, “While I can never compete with nature, there is much I can learn from the workings of it in order to embody its force, which ends up making my works through me.”

Glacier Elegy’ has had a strong impact on the participants in diverse communities and locations where Peerna has performed. For example, this includes ArtDepoo gallery in Tallinn, Estonia; Glynn Vivian Gallery in Swansea, UK and Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, USA. Together with these, ‘Glacier Elegy Brooklyn’ is the fourth performance of this ongoing project.

‘Glacier Elegy Brooklyn’ is an independent project by Jaanika Peerna Studio co-presented by UNFRAME.

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Jaanika Peerna, Glacier Elegy Tallinn-Võru, performed June 14-20, 2018

About the artist

Jaanika Peerna is an Estonia-born artist who, since 1998, has lived and worked primarily in New York. In addition to performance, Peerna’s work encompasses drawing, video and installation, often dealing with the theme of transitions in light, air, water and other natural phenomena. Similarly, it also addresses environmental concerns and the issues of climate change. Equally important, she often collaborates with designers, dancers and musicians within her performances.

  • Solo exhibitions include: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Artdepoo Gallery and Vana-Wõromaa Cultural Center, Estonia; Salon b, Montreal; Espronceda Center for Art and Culture, Barcelona; Kentler International Drawing Space, New York.
  • Group exhibitions internationally, including Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Viinistu Art Museum Chapel, Estonia; International Paper Art Biennial, curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos, City Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria.
  • Performances: The Bronx Museum, New York; Hudson Valley Centre of Contemporary Art: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.
  • Collections: important international collections including The Bennetton Collection, Italy; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales; Garrison Art Center, New York; Novosibirsk Art Museum, Russia and Imago Mundi.


Jaanika Peerna Performance Brooklyn

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