Naama Tsabar / MATRIX 189

Melodies of Certain Damage (Opus 6)

June 3 – September 11, 2022 

Spanning the fields of sculpture, photography, performance, and sound, Naama Tsabar creates objects that function both as artworks and musical instruments. Tsabar’s MATRIX project will focus on works from her Guitar series. In the MATRIX gallery, eight to ten new sculptures from Melodies of Certain Damage (2018–ongoing) will be installed. The broken electric guitars will be scattered across the floor and restrung into new formations where they have landed. In the Hilles Gallery, the Wadsworth’s dedicated video gallery will feature two single-channel videos by Tsabar: Untitled (Babies) (2008) and Stranger (2017).

Tsabar’s project marks a return of performance art to the MATRIX program. Over more than four decades of MATRIX, the program has featured notable performance artists, including Laurie Anderson, Andrea Fraser, Janine Antoni, and now Tsabar. The site-specific Melodies of Certain Damage works will be activated in closing-weekend performances with the artist and female-identifying or gender-nonconforming musicians from the Greater Hartford community. The music field is traditionally gendered male. Thus, Tsabar confronts women’s rights and equality issues that have long lingered but resurfaced and gained momentum in society in recent years. Tsabar’s work is current, feminist, and political.

Images: Melodies of Certain Damage, 2019. Performance view in Dedicated, Kasmin Gallery, New York. Composed and performed in collaboration with Rose Blanshei, Rosana Caban, Taja Cheek, Frederique Gnaman and Sarah Strauss. Photo: Christopher Stach. Image courtesy of Kasmin Gallery; Melody of Certain Damage #14, 2021 (detail). Broken electric guitar, strings, microphone, screws. Photo: Zaire Kaczmarski. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts.