Sanja Iveković’s Triangle is
an 18-minute performance that took place on 10 May 1979: while
Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito’s motorcade passes by below,
the artist is sitting on her balcony, reading a book, sipping
whiskey and making ‘gestures’ as if performing masturbation, until
a security official arrives and asks her to leave. Exhibited as
four black-and-white photographs and a short descriptive text,
Triangle is one of the most resonant and defiant works of
performance made in the 1970s.
Focusing on the genesis of the work, its documentation and the
politics of canon construction, Ruth Noack discusses
Triangle in relation to conceptualism, performance and the
position of women in Tito’s Yugoslavia. She explores not only the
subversive nature of Iveković’s act but also the idea that her work
of the period participates in citizenship, and that it challenges
the terms through which we order our world.