Jimmy Robert, Imitation of Lives, 2017, A Performa Commission for Performa 17. Photo © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa and The Glass House.
Wangechi Mutu, Banana Stroke, 2017, A Performa Commission for Performa 17. Photo © Paula Court.
Jesper Just, True Love is Yet to Come, 2005. A Performa Commission for Performa 05. Photo © Paula Court.
Nathalie Djurberg, Untitled (Working Title Kids & Dogs), 2007. A Performa Commission for Performa 07. Photo © Paula Court.
Lauren Nakadate and James Franco, 2011. A Performa Commission for Performa 11. Photo © Paula Court.
Ragnar Kjartansson, Bliss, 2011. A Performa Commission for Performa 11. Photo © Paula Court.
Shirin Neshat, Overruled, 2011. A Performa Commission for Performa 11. Photo © Paula Court.
Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler, Seven, 2011. A Performa Commission for Performa 11. Photo © Paula Court.
Francis Alys, Rehearsal II, 2005. A Performa Commission for Performa 05. Photo © Paula Court.
Galia Eibenschutz in Carlos Amorales’s Spider Galaxy, 2007. A Commission for Performa 07. Photo © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa and La Fundación/Colección Jumex.
Isaac Julien and Russell Maliphant, Cast No Shadow, 2007. A Performa Commission for Performa 07. Photo by Johan Persson. Courtesy of Performa and Sadler’s Wells.
Kelly Nipper, Floyd on the Floor, 2007. A Performa Commission for Performa 07. Photo © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa and the Savannah College of Art & Design.
Anita Ekbert, Cate Blanchett, and Dianne Weist performing in Francesco Vezzoli’s Right You Are (If You Think You Are), 2007. A Performa Commission for Performa 07. Photo © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Gagosian Gallery.
Iona Rozeal Brown, battleofyestermorrow, 2011. A Performa Commission for Performa 11. Photo © Paula Court.
Mike Kelley, Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #32, 2009. A Performa Commission for Performa 09.
Omer Fast, Talk Show, 2009. A Performa Commission for Performa 09. Photo © Paula Court.

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Zanele Muholi, Masihambisane - On Visual Activism, 2017, A Performa 17 Commission. Photo © Paula Court

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Performa Commissions invited artists- many of whom had not worked ‘live’ before- to create new work especially for Performa.  At the core of Performa’s mission, and a central feature of its biennials, is the creation of new work by contemporary artists at various stages in their careers.  Throughout this critically acclaimed Performa Commissions program, artists receive substantial financial awards and unique production support to realize powerful, intellectually reflective, and artistically innovative works of live performance. 

The Commissions Program welcomes both artists who already use live elements in their work and those who are experimenting with performance for the first time.  Artists are encouraged to expand their artistic vision through the use of live performance, resulting in truly original productions.  Receiving a Performa Commission gives artists the rare opportunity to create new work without the confines of a predetermined venue or budget.  Acting as a commissioning agency as well as a production company, Performa provides a support system for its artists, from initial proposal through opening night and touring, that far surpasses the customary assistance given by its nonprofit counterparts and those of the commercial sector alike.  As producers, Performa has developed a flexible and responsive production process allowing for exceptional variety in scope and scale to premiere the final work in the context of a world- class biennial.

Performa 17 Commissions

Yto Barrada
William Kentridge
Barbara Kruger
Kemang Wa Lehulere
Julie Mehretu and Jason Moran
Zanele Muholi
Wangechi Mutu
Kelly Nipper
Jimmy Robert
Tracey Rose

Past Biennial Commissions

Performa 15 Commissions

Edgar Arceneaux
Jérôme Bel
Ryan Gander
Pauline Curnier Jardin
Agatha Gothe-Snape
Juliana Huxtable
Jesper Just and FOS
Wyatt Khan
Laura Lima
Oscar Murillo
Robin Rhode
Erika Vogt
Zheng Mahler
Francesco Vezzoli and David Hallberg

Performa 13 Commissions

Paweł Althamer
Rosa Barba
Subodh Gupta
Florian Hecker
Rashid Johnson
Shana Lutker
Ryan McNamara
Raqs Media Collective
Eddie Peake
Alexandre Singh
Marianne Vitale
Tori Wrånes

Performa 11 Commissions

Tarek Atoui
iona rozeal brown
Gerard Byrne
Elmgreen & Dragset
Simon Fujiwara
Ragnar Kjartansson
Guy Maddin
Liz Magic Laser
Laurel Nakadate & James Franco
Shirin Neshat
Mika Rottenberg & Jon Kessler
Frances Stark
Ming Wong

Performa 09 Commissions

Guy Ben Ner
Candice Breitz
Tacita Dean
Omer Fast
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Ari Benjamin Meyers
Yeondoo Jung
Mike Kelley
Arto Lindsay
Christian Tomaszewski & Joanna Malinowska

Performa 07 Commissions

Carlos Amorales
Sanford Biggers
Nathalie Djurberg
Christian Jankowski
Japanther
Isaac Julien & Russel Maliphant
Daria Martin
Wangechi Mutu
Kelley Nipper
Adam Pendleton
Yvonne Rainer
Francesco Vezzoli

Performa 05 Commissions

Francis Alys
Jesper Just
Laurie Simmons