Zoe Beloff

The Days of the Commune, 2012

Exhibiting 04 October – 14 December at Graves Gallery

In the spring of 2012 New York based artist Zoe Beloff brought together a group of actors, activists and enthusiasts to perform Brecht’s play The Days of the Commune (1949) in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Thinking about Occupy as a radical theatre of the people, Beloff conceptualised this project as a ‘work in progress’. Rather than stage the play in a theatre, the group performed the work, scene by scene, in public spaces around New York City, starting in Zuccotti Park. The Paris Commune was the first great modern Occupation, where workers turned their city into a progressive democracy of the people. Bringing this movement into dialogue with Brecht’s radical restaging, and with contemporary social movements, Beloff asks us to imagine new possibilities for changing the world in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

Zoe Beloff was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and now lives and works in New York. She works with a wide range of media including film, projection, performance, installation and drawing. Beloff considers herself a medium, an interface between the living and the dead, the real and the imaginary. Her work has been featured in international exhibitions and screenings. Venues include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Site Santa Fe; the M HKA museum in Antwerp; and the Pompidou Center in Paris. Beloff is a Professor in the Departments of Media Studies and Art at Queens College CUNY.

  • Commune film still 2 The Days of the Commune, 2012. Film still.
  • Commune film still 1 The Days of the Commune, 2012. Film still.
  • Installation Commune 1 The Days of the Commune, 2012. Installation shot.