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The Week That Wasn’t


The latest piece by performance artists Jaime and Sally Ridge, The Ridges, was accepted to show at the Venice Biennale, last week.

The Biennale is an art exhibition which has been held in Venice biannually since 1895, celebrating exceptional contemporary art from across the world.

The Ridges, released in New Zealand in August to near-universal acclaim, has been praised by commentators as simultaneously endearing and “vomit-inducing, in a way that can only be art.”

The show was also commended for its acute insight into the property market’s redevelopment in the wake of the housing crash of 2008.

Biennale curator, Giacomo Salvietta, said he was proud to accept the piece, and called the show “a bold take on the inner workings of the Ponsonby suburbanite”.

“Its intensely self-involved to a level not yet seen on such a stage,” he said.

“Whether it’s documenting the here and now, or the hair in the shower, it’s pushing

boundaries in a way that other performance art should aspire to.”

Sally Ridge has previously cut her artistic teeth as Craft Editor for New Idea magazine, a tenure praised for its thematic diversity, cutting social commentary, and use of glitter.

Art critics cite the duos total dedication to the art as a point of difference from other pieces of the New Zealand performance art canon, such as The GC and Ben Lummis’ epic New Zealand Idol.

“I’m a person, so I’ll wear clothes,” said Jaime Ridge.

“What even is performance art though, y’know?”, she asked, completely absorbed in the character she has been tireless portraying for the last nineteen years, while continuing to dissect the very essence of the art form through an interrogation of the genres parameters.

“No, seriously.” she said.

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