Adriana Disman

Adriana Disman's work aims to question the relationship between the engagement of the body and the power mechanisms that influence it. Working around the theme of self-mutilation, she is interested in her ability to act with and on her own body. The artist hence claims a radical right to the ownership of her body, in a desire to urgently resist oppressive forces. Thresholding (2015), a performance by Adriana Disman capitalizes on the fear of emptiness and, metaphorically, on the intuitive aspects of the creative process—the risks that every artist faces. Standing on a stool, the artist tests the limits of her own equilibrium during a 2-hour performance.


Adriana Disman is a performance art maker, thinker, and curator based in Toronto and Montreal.  Her works have been presented in Canada, the US, Europe, and India. Disman is the curator of LINK & PIN performance art series and director of 2016's Morni Hill's Performance Biennale in northern India. She was a long-time organizer for The School of Making Thinking (NY) and RATS9 Gallery (MTL). She holds an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from York University and is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre (NYC). Disman gives workshops and guest lectures regularly and has taught at McGill, U of Toronto, and Abrons Art Centre, amongst others.

Recent exhibitions


Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb and Nona Residency (solo exhibition)

M:ST Performative Art Festival 


VIVA! Art Action

Panoply Performance Lab/Grace Exhibition Space


GivLOWE Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

Berlin Art Week/Grüntaler9 

Kolkata International Performance Art Festival