Trained as a dancer, artist Alexandra Pirici fuses choreography, performance, and visual arts across her practice. In many of her artworks, she uses enactment and embodiment as strategies to reimagine historical events, re-mediate internet memes and digital images, and perform sculptural additions to public monuments.
For the High Line, Pirici invites a group of performers to build a moving, porous threshold at the gate that separates the eastern and western Rail Yards on the High Line at 30th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. For the work, Pirici creates an embodied and flexible architectural “boundary” from the performers’ bodies, but one that can be negotiated and transformed.
The performers’ movements reference historical and aesthetic thresholds both real and imagined, with different functions, such as a barricade from the Paris Commune and the fictional borders built by war and conflict in Francisco Goya’s iconic “Disasters of War” prints. As the performers’ bodies and movements shift, passersby will be able to pass through, but not without having to encounter the performers in one way or another.
Performers include Marissa Brown, Catherine Cabeen, Miguel Angel Guzmán, Samuel Hanson, Casey Hess, Jordan Isadore, Jhia Louise Jackson, Annie Kloppenberg, Elizabeth Mulkey, Candace Tabbs, and Jessica Weinstein.
Organized by Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator, and Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.
Alexandra Pirici (b. 1982, Bucharest, Romania) lives and works in Bucharest and Berlin. Recent exhibitions have been presented internationally at venues including the Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2014); and the Bass Museum, Miami, Florida (2014). Her work is included in the Münster Sculpture Projects, Münster, Germany (2017), and was included in the 9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany (2016) and Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, Russia (2014). Together with Manuel Pelmus, she represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2013), with the work An Immaterial Retrospective of the Venice Biennale for the Romanian Pavilion.
Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston. Additional funding is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.