Circus Factory Member Lidija Šola and her show Un(Holy) Blood has been selected to be included in the 13th Periodical Review – Maslow’s Hammer by Pallas Projects.
Un(Holy) Blood has been a work in progress for many years with some people fortunae enough to witness excerpts of the show in the development stages. This year on May 6th, 2023, Lidija Šola saw all her efforts come to fruiton with the premiere of the full show at St.Lukes in Cork City.
“With (Un)holy Blood, circus artist Lidija Šola and writer Sadhbh Moriarty blur the boundaries of circus performance, visual art, immersive theatre, and social commentary. On May 6th 2023, their show transformed St. Luke’s in Cork into a feminist church birthed from the ashes of organised religions. The altar and vaulted ceilings set the backdrop for a free falling power-hungry priestess, performed by Lidija, and an astounding light show projecting a fierce script. The inspiration for Lidija and Sadhbh’s epic collaboration began when Lidija was introduced to an armless saint in the movie Santa Sandre by Alejandro Jodorowky, set in a blood filled feminist church. This show brings the audience into a sensory explosion of collapsing worlds. Periodical Review exhibits the leftovers of this exhilarating and cathartic performance and speaks to the original collaborative process between the two artists.” – Pallas Projects
Periodical Review (2011–ongoing) is a long-running curatorial project which sets out to consider, revisit and review current movements within contemporary art practices from around Ireland, every year. Every year they invite two or three peers to select artwork for the exhibition. This year they invited Kate O’Shea and (Un)Holy Blood was one of the works she selected.
Periodical Review exhibits the leftovers of the performance and speaks about the collaborative process between Sadhbh Moriarty and Lidija.
You can visit the exhibition at Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin from December 2nd, 2023 – January 27th, 2024, 12–6pm, Wednesday–Saturday
Lidija will also have a performance in the gallery at the closing event on 27th of January