Re-enactment is a phenomenon which has gained a footing in visual art in recent years. In this practice, historical material or material which already exists is reenacted.
We know the genre from amateur actors’ staged reconstructions of dramatic historical events, battles or other acts of war. A re-enactment in art is not just a repetition of a given historical event, but also involves a re-evaluation of the historical occurrence in question, and also making it topical.
The form is dependent on personal involvement and interaction, which means going beyond the precise or authoritative version of the story.
The works by e.g. Anna Gaskell, Danh Vo, Rodney Graham and Susan Philipsz belong to this category.