Alexandra Pirici: Artist Talk

Alexandra Pirici: Artist Talk

Before the opening of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2018 exhibition, visitors are invited to meet via public artist talk this year's foreign guest, a Romanian artist and choreographer Alexandra Pirici, who will present a revised version of her performative action Delicate Instruments of Engagement in Prague.
Come and get to know the world renowned author and her work!

Alexandra Pirici (* 1982) caught the attention of the international public in 2013 at the Venice Biennale thanks to joint project with choreographer Manuel Pelmus. In the Romanian national pavilion, the dancers, in an unforgettable way, set up the "intangible retrospective" of the Biennial - specific works of art, moments and scandals from the history of this international show. The work of Pirici combines dance and performance, she uses the human body as her medium. Her playful choreographies reflect current political questions and respond to the history and importance of the place where they take place. A frequent element of her projects is engagement of the audience. At the age of thirty-five, she has presented exhibitions at London's Tate Modern, the Pompidou Center in Paris, and the Petersburg Hermitage.

Starting November 14th, she’ll be performing her action “Delicate Instruments of Engagement“ in the Trade Fair Palce, National Gallery Prague, every day until November 25th. 

"Delicate Instruments of Engagement" is a collection of artworks, internet memes, political speeches, actions or images that the performers remediate but with emphasis on different narratives and meanings that emerge from these associations and representations. They are performed in different sequences, according to different dramaturgies, while the audience can, from time to time, chose from 4 different beginnings. The beginnings are associated with different sequences/ dramaturgies but sometimes the actions overlap and they can acquire different meanings depending on the sequence in which they are situated: a Coca-Cola commercial takes on a different meaning if performed after a first free television broadcast during the Romanian Revolution of 1989 or Mikhail Fokine's "Dying Swan" choreography for Anna Pavlova after the image of the Ceausescu couple execution during the fall of the Soviet Bloc. The work is more "active" and more abstract at the same time.


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