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Artist Talk Alexis Blake
Alexis Blake (b.1981, Pittsburgh, USA), lives in Amsterdam
Alexis Blake’s multidisciplinary practice coalesces visual art, performance and dance. She investigates the way in which the body is represented and treated as an archive, which she then critically examines, disrupts, and re-negotiates. Her work directly engages with the representation and subjectification of women’s bodies while activating them as sites and agents for socio-political change. In doing so she creates languages of resistance and spaces to expose and elude systems of power. Blake was an artist-in-residence at WIELS (Brussels, 2020-2021), Delfina Foundation (London, 2016), Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, 2014–2015) and Fondazione Antonio Ratti with Yvonne Rainer (Como, 2015). Her work has been presented at the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, 2021), 1st Riga Biennial (Riga), BOZAR (Brussels), Performatik19 (Brussels), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), British Museum / Block Universe Performance Festival (London), TENT (Rotterdam), Extra City (Antwerp) and La Triennale di Milano XXI (Milan). She is winner of the Prix de Rome 2021.
Alexis Blake, rock to jolt [ ] stagger to ash, 2021 (Performance, Prix de Rome) photograph by Daniel Nicolas