Rita Marhaug’s performance praxis started last half of the -90ies. Educated from Norwegian art schools during the -80ies her medium till this point was focused on the two dimensional image: mainly drawing and printmaking.
Wanting to visually explore femininity and masculinity, performance became first choice accompanied with photo and video. Her early performance work had emphasis on the female artist putting into play concepts like “strength” and “aggression”. Important works from this period is Action, Knock Out, Small Mann,
For a longer period she has worked with the series Norwegian Liquid investigating the (female) body and its relationship to national wealth and the fluids that drive the Norwegian economy. This is still an ongoing chapter.
Her resent works are more into the realm of surrealism with wider use of costumes and props. The changeable reality of the body(image), revealing and concealing, masking and de-masking have been the core of interest.
Throughout her performance praxis artistic cooperation has been important. Her artistic partners have been Ingunn Wright, Traci Kelly, Benedicte Clementsen and Robert Alda.
Image from CREPUSCULAR with Benedicte Leinan Clementsen May-13
Photo Bjarte Bjørkum
ART HAS TO BE FOOLISH, ARTIST HAS TO BE FOOLISH
Invited by Venice Live 2017 and curator Jonas Stampe, Marhaug performed Thursday 11th and Friday 12th May 2017, in Venice.
The performances took place close to The Giardini, next to the Biennale vaporetto stop at the seafront.
Duration for both acts where about 15 min.
Photo: Pavana Reid
Part of It's Personal, durational improvisation with artists from Norway and Thailand at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), Thailand,
22nd of December 2017.
Marit Tunestveit Dyre
Duration: 4 hours
Photo: Wichai Juntavaro
Participant in Giswil performanceart festival in Switzerland,
7-12th of September 2016
Duration 20 min
Participating during Beautiful Lies, performance Event in Oronsko, Poland
14th of June 2016
Curator: Eulalia Domanowska
Part of PAB in Kalfarlien 18, 5th of October -13.
Collaboration with colleges Robert Alda, Gillian Carson, Karen Kipphoff. ( dolls by Kipphoff, lipstick marks by Carson)
Performance improvisation in two parts.
Duration part 1, 60 min
Duration part 2, 70 min
Photo Bjarte Bjørkum
PLAY OF ELEMENTS
Marhaug took part in CONTEXT Festival of Ephemeral Art
in the village Sokolovsko in Poland, July 2013.
Her contribution was the performance Play of Elements
Props: Fur coat, high heeled shoes, four blue baloons filled with helium in the pond, pair of scissors, 2 wigs, white robe, black robe and fire.
Duration 15 min.
Curator Malgorzata Sady
Photo: Marcin Polak and Rita Marhaug
A performance concept develloped in collaboration with Benedicte Leinan Clementsen. First performed in Warszawa May 2013 during Beautiful Lies, arranged in the Garden of the University Library.
Duration 20 min.
The theme for the performance event was light and shining.
Beautiful Lies was also part of Museum Night in Warszwa, 18th of May.
The word crepuscular is derived from the Latin crepusculum, meaning "twilight". Its sense accordingly differs from diurnal and nocturnal behavior, which respectively peak during hours of daylight and dark. The distinction is not absolute however, because crepuscular animals may also be active on a bright moonlit night or on a dull day. The use of the terms often is vague; for example, some animals that are casually described as nocturnal are in fact crepuscular.
Organizer Gallery XX1, curator Eulalia Domanowska
7th of September Crepuscular was modefied for a prison cell, 3,5 x 4,5 meters, in former Bergen kretsfengsel as part of the weekend program PAB Open- In adition to the two mink fur coats the whole floor was covered by a pink foam mattress.
Duration 2 x 2 hours
Initiated and organized by Performance Art Bergen
Studio photo: Bjarte Bjørkum
Marhaug participated in the festival La Muga Caula, a village north of Barcelona near the border of France, September 2012.
During three days she showed three different performance works under the headline of Norwegian Liquid.
Situated in and around the remote, beautiful village of La Muga Caula the artists found space for their individual contributions. Earlier the same summer a huge fire threatended the village leaving the woods around damaged. In this almost dead enviroment Marhaug's last work took place.
Curator Joan Casellas
Photo Rita Rodrigues
NORWEGIAN LIQUID, CHINESE STYLE
In August and September 2012 Marhaug participated in two performance art festivasl in Beijing, China; Beijing Live 2012: Love and Pain at Flower Art Center and Beijing Open at Factory Gallery
She produced 3 new works during her stay under the headline of Norwegian Liquid. The images shows the performance for Beijing Open at Factory Space, District 798.
Duration 20 min.
Curator Jin Chen (Open Festival)
Curator He Chengyao (Beijing Live)
Photo Nisa Ojalvo
Part of Art Swap arranged by AktB in collaboration with Bbeyond from Belfast and Bergen Art Museum.
Showed the 31st of October 2010 at Bergen Art Museum.
4 artists from Bergen and for artists from Belfast showing performances.
Duration 5 hours, (during whole day).
60 kg Norwegian one kroner coins (similar to the artist's body weight) were placed in a circle on the floor of the museum entrance. Circle diameter was 155cm, (artist's body length). During the opening time, the coins were stacked in columns into a small tower. At the end of performance, the structure collapsed.
Photo Bjarte Bjørkum
Performance in Sete, France during performance festival Infr'Action 9
5 liters of crude oil seeping out of the body and runs down the stairs of the theater building in the town of Sete.
Duration 4 hours
Photo: Nisa Ojalvo
Opening performance at the project gallery Døgnfluen
28th of April 2000
DØGNFLUEN or the Mayfly was an artspace for temporary art in Bergen, Norway. It was situated in a private apartment in Nygaardsgaten 70 A , 3th floor. During the period from 28th of April to 2nd of June 2000, Døgnfluen showed happenings, performances and stunts every friday.
Curators: Veronica Diesen, Arne M. Rygg and Morten Kvamme.
Photo: Bjarte Bjørkum
Along with colleague Ingunn Wright Rita Marhaug went to Greece in March 2000 to work with site-specific performance improvisations. For seven years Marhaug and Wright collaborated on the duo format Scylla & Carybdis.
Skylla & Carybdis worked in the old site of Olympia for one week and ended their stay at Cape Sounion south of Athens, were the temple of Poseidon is situated. During these last days in Greece they stayed at (old) Hotel Sounion, a hotel build in the early 60ties.
Out of tourist season, being the only guests at the big hotel, the mood of the situation resulted in a series of photoes and a video with tittle Greek Tragedy.
Photo and video assistant in Greece, Agnes Nedregard