Alexandra Pirici (Romania) is a classically-trained dancer and choreographer who naturally transitioned into the art world as her works grew increasingly experimental. Her performative installations straddle contemporary dance, performance, body art, and sculpture, while acknowledging the dramatic shifts in contemporary understanding of labour and the body, revealing the influence of present geopolitical realities. With choreographed pieces that work undisciplined, spanning across mediums and spatial contexts, Pirici addresses ideas of history, collective body, the rise of technology’s agency over the “human,” and the invisible structures and hidden mechanisms of power. The artist’s use of the human living body as a medium is a reflection on and exploration of such ideas and their impact on the “human” subject. Pirici has exhibited widely, including at the decennial art exhibition Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017; the Romanian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale; Tate Modern, London; New Museum, New York; the 9th Berlin Biennale; Manifesta 10; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig Cologne; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; the 12th Swiss Sculpture Exhibition; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; among others. In 2015 she received the Excellency Award from the National Dance Centre, Bucharest.
Magdalena Magiera (Germany/Singapore) is Curator, Outreach & Education at NTU CCA Singapore. She was an independent curator, Managing Editor of frieze d/e, and currently Editor of mono.kultur, a quarterly interview magazine. She co-curated Based in Berlin (2011) as well as exhibitions for The Building and SPLACE in Berlin. Magiera was Project Manager of The Maybe Education and Other Programs at dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel (2012) and UNITEDNATIONSPLAZA, Berlin (2006–08). Prior to joining NTU CCA Singapore, she worked for e-flux exhibitions and public programmes in New York City.
A public programme of Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II.
Image caption: Alexandra Pirici, Delicate Instruments of Engagement, 2017. Russian Museum St. Petersburg, within Access Point. Photo by Vadim Frolov. Courtesy the artist.