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Bill Viola: Behind the Scenes

On the set of Fire Woman (2005), Tom Ficke stunt coordinator testing the heat of the gas flames, Downey Studios, California, July, 2004. Photo: Kira Perov

Kira Perov from Bill Viola Studio and co-curator of the exhibition Bill Viola – Into the Light, in conversation with co-curator and director of Stavanger Museum of Art Hanne Beate Ueland, will give an insight into the process of creating the works that are part of this exhibition. She will share photos and film clips from the artists private archives and give us a unique insight into the ideas behind some the most remarkable video works of our times.

Kira Perov is executive director of Bill Viola Studio. She has worked closely with Bill Viola, her partner and husband, since 1978, managing and assisting with the production of his video tapes and installations, documenting the work in photographs, editing all publications, as well as co-ordinating and curating exhibitions worldwide. Before meeting Viola, she was Director of Cultural Activities at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, producing exhibitions and concerts, and later, at the Long Beach Museum of Art in California, compiled a ten-year history of video art exhibitions and video collection at the museum. Her photographs, including those documenting Viola´s work, have been widely published.

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