The prefix un-.
Added to nouns, adjectives, participles, verbs, adverbs, and their derivatives.
Denoting the absence, reversal or cancellation of a quality, state or action.
Deprivation, separation or reduction to a lesser state.
A lack. Not.
Charging words with opposite force, the prefix un- turns everything inside-out and upside-down. It changes the positive into negative, the negative into positive. Un- is deeply transformative. It un-does, un-makes, un-breaks.
UNNEGATIVE invokes these powers as an incantation. Somewhere between sculpture and dance, this ritual-action-piece clumsily reaches towards the light, forever trying to overcome. UNNEGATIVE is about guilt and forgiveness, about shame and acceptance, and ultimately, about redemption.
About Pablo Pakula
I am a self-confessed European Mongrel; half Spanish, half German, with a bit of Polish mixed in for good measure, and living in the UK since September 2000. I'm a live artist, performance-maker and event producer, co-director of Accidental Collective and Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham.
I make live art from the position of an outsider. Hybridity and otherness are cornerstones to my work; which is process-led, socially-engaged and driven by queer politics. I stand by the conviction that performance can really do something, that the eloquence of its actions can go beyond rational perception; that its porous and refractive qualities are open and accessible; that it generates shared experiences that are visceral, conceptual, and emotional.
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