Faith Wilding, Wait-With, 2009
Live performance at re.act.feminism - Performancekunst der 1960er und 70er Jahre heute, Berlin. Video: Anne Quirynen, Photo: Jan Stradtmann
Faith Wilding

Faith Wilding (*1943, Paraguay, USA) emigrated from Paraguay to the US in 1961. She studied and worked with Judy Chicago and was part of the Feminist Art Program and Womanhouse in Los Angeles in the early 1970s. To this day, she refuses to limit herself to a single artistic medium, and she continues to expand and develop the formal structures of her art. Her works include textile sculptures, performances, new media and critical discourses that explore social problems and issues. Until 2011 Wilding was a faculty member and the Chair of the Performance Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Wait-With is Faith Wilding’s reinterpretation of her own iconic performance Waiting from the 1970s. She rewrote the original performance in 2007 and has since staged it several times. In Wilding’s words, “The prospect of redoing Waiting as a live performance after more than 30 years was both provocative and frightening, but I decided that this was an opportunity to revisit and comment on an early work, which had become iconic and frozen in time.” Instead of simply redoing the performance, Wilding undoes the piece to rearticulate Waiting as an “act of political love” and of resistance to consumption and forced production.

Performance: 23 January 2009, re.act.feminism, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Video: Anne Quirynen

Courtesy Faith Wilding

Document media
Video, colour, sound, 12:00 min

Issue date

To be seen in
re.act.feminism - Performancekunst der 1960er und 70er Jahre heute, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 23 January 2009

Laura Cottingham (COT 1)
Faith Wilding (WILD 1)

be-coming, participation, re-enactment, resistance, vulnerability