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Behind the Scenes: artist Alexandra Pirici and dancer Farid Fairuz

30 Oct 2018, Tue 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

Artist and choreographer Alexandra Pirici will speak about the basis for Re-Collection (2018), the performative exercise developed for Stagings. Soundings. Readings. Free Jazz II. This exercise explores how performing bodies can reflect memories of nature, culture, and life on earth. Pirici and dancer Farid Fairuz will share about the fluid and dynamic process of exchange that occurs between the dancers while they influence each other and decide on configurations, arrangements, and sequences.
 
Moderated by Magdalena Magiera, Curator, Outreach & Education, NTU CCA Singapore

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BIOGRAPHIES

Farid Fairuz (Romania) reinvented himself, assuming a fictional biography. Previously working as the artist Mihai Mihalcea, he was one of the most active in the field of contemporary dance in Romania, after 1989. He has been part of many of the projects that led to the international recognition of Romanian contemporary dance and he played a key role in the establishment of structures and institutions that have become landmarks of this area. Between 2005 and 2013, he was Director
of the National Dance Center in Bucharest.

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.

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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.