Alexandra Pirici is an artist with a background in choreography that works undisciplined, across different mediums, both in the gallery space and in public space. Her works have been exhibited within the decennial art exhibition Skulptur Projekte Munster 2017, the Venice Biennale - Romanian Pavilion at the 55th edition, Tate Modern London, New Museum – New York, The 9th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 10, Centre Pompidou - Paris, Museum Ludwig Cologne, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Museum of Modern Art – Warsaw among many others.
“Re-Collection” is a performative exercise that draws on the practice of enactment/embodiment that Alexandra Pirici has been concerned with over time, from works that address public monuments to works in the gallery space such as “Public Collection”, “Delicate Instruments of Engagement” or “Aggregate” – the last one developed for the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin and curated by Raluca Voinea, a performative environment that “reflects” back to the audience embodied memories of relevant aspects of nature, culture and life on earth, from artworks to iconic images, up to extinct bird songs or a practice of intercession.
Involving local performers (from the place where it is meant to be installed), the action explores the possibility of a collectively assembled, small collection of such embodied memories of human and more-than-human presence on the planet. According to a set of parameters that become an algorithmic framework, the participants chose and construct together with the artist the elements of the collection that can potentially manifest within their bodies, while also deciding and negotiating amongst themselves how to “display” them, in what configurations, chronologies and arrangements.