31 July - 7 September 2019

Co-curated by Kelli Alred and Laura Couttie, as part of Channels Festival 2019.

Kira Nova

A video work by Dutch, New York based performance artist Kira Nova (aka Ieva Misevičiūtė), featuring the Lords of Beef Gang, It’s Time to Debeef delivers ontological deep tissue massage to the city. 

Presented in the form of a music video, It’s Time to Debeef cheekily subverts the hip hop music video genre by deconstructing the overt sexualisation of women with a total disregard for patriarchal power paradigms and commuter social norms. 

It’s Time to Debeef has evolved out of a live performance series titled Lord of Beef, which has been presented at LAXART Art Center, Los Angeles USA; Centre Pompidou, Paris FR; Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, SI; Basel LISTE, Basel, SI; Block Universe, London, UK, and MoMa PS1, Greater New York.

Kira Nova (aka Ieva Misevičiūtė) is a Dutch, New York-based artist, working in both visual arts and theatre. Her practice combines physical theatre, dance, stand-up, Butoh, perverted academic language and sculptural work. She holds a research MA in Cultural Analysis and MA in Political Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Nova’s work has been presented internationally at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MET Breuer, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, Sculpture Center, Swiss Institute, New York; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (with Michael Portnoy); Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, New York and Zurich; de Appel art center, Amsterdam; Studio Voltaire, London; Block Universe Festival, London; Playground Festival at STUK, Leuven; Performatik Festival, Kaaitheater, Beursschouwburg theater, Brussels; Western Front, Vancouver; Swiss Sculpture Exhibition, Biel-Bienne, Switzerland; ArteBA, Buenos Aires; Time-Based Art Festival, Portland; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) Vilnius, among other venues. She co-curated Mindaugas Triennial – the 11th Baltic Triennial of International Art at CAC, Vilnius, and is a visiting professor at Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. 

KIRA NOVA, It’s Time to Debeef, 2017, video, 3:15 min. Music video by Kira Nova with Lords of Beef Gang: Jillian McManemin, Jennie Portney, Ariel S Rawls, Jessica Gallucci, Nurya and Lucia Love Mooney. Music by Gediminas Žygus. Filming by Maria Nova. Second camera by Carlton Bright.