2-DIMENSIONAL (2009)

Featured Long Durational Work

2-Dimensional (2009), Igor Josifov

Text by Igor Josifov and Karina Rilke
Cover photograph by Didier Olivré

2-Dimensional is a performance installation that explores the delicate relationship between the artist and the viewer. The performance artist, Igor Josifov, lays underneath a plexiglass box set into the floor of the space and is visible under pedestrian traffic. As the public walks over the plexiglass box, they come into contact with the artist on a clear, 2-dimensional surface. In this moment, they express their own agency with respect to the work and simultaneously view the expression of the performance artist as he is being walked over. 

"2-Dimensional" performed at Modern Wing at the Art Institute in Chicago, 2009. Photograph by Ryan Noble 

2-Dimensional has been performed eight times around the world from a minimum of three hours to a maximum of eight hours at Chic Art Fair in Paris in 2010.

To view a video of the performance at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje, Macedonia click here



Photograph by Ivana Kuzmanovska

Photograph by Ivana Kuzmanovska

Igor Josifov (Macedonian, b. 1986) is a performance artist who lives and works in San Francisco. Josifov began exhibiting his work in 2000 at the age of 14 at The International Museum of Children’s Art in Norway. He exhibits and performs his work internationally. Josifov has since then exhibited and performed internationally. 2008: "Reflection on originality" The Watermill Center, New York 2009:  "2-Dimensional" - Art Institute, Chicago; “A touch of violence" - National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania; 2010:   “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is present” - MoMA, New York;  “Degeneration – regeneration”, Marina Abramovic Institute, San Francisco; "Lost bodies" - Mala Stanica/ National Gallery of Arts, Skopje; 2011: Aesthetics of disappearance, Al Qasba, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah 2012: Igor Josifov – selected works (2007 -2012), Museum of Contemporary Arts, Skopje 2014:“Taming Fire” - Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana;  2 dimensional at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens; Art Paris with Galerie E.G.P at the Grand Palais, Paris. Josifov is famous for the diversity of his work and his use of the human body to share his views about our contemporary world. As a performance artist he uses all types of media to create his performances. His works seem to all have a touch of theatricality, being quite striking visuals offering various metaphoric meanings. His website can be found here.