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Aleksandra Mir (b. 1967)


First Woman on the Moon (1999)
Organized Movement (2004)
Gravity (2006)
Sicilian Pavilion (2007)


Aleksandra Mir studied Communications at Schillerska/Gothenburg University in Gothenburg (1986–87), Media Arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York (earning her BFA in 1992), and Cultural Anthropology at The Graduate Faculty, The New School for Social Research in New York (1994–96).

In much of her work, Mir solicits the participation of friends, acquaintances, and strangers in playful upheavals of social norms. One of Mir's best-known works, The First Woman on the Moon (1999), interlaced issues of space travel, feminism, and imperialism when she staged a moon landing on a Dutch beach, which she transformed into a moonscape for one day with the help of bulldozers. At sunset she climbed up on its highest peak, planted the American flag, opened a bottle of champagne and invited the audience to climb up and join her in the celebration.

A "sequel" to the moon landing took the form of a rocket in which the First Woman on the Moon would never have been able to go anywhere in. The monumental (22m tall) sculpture which was built out of industrial debris and stood in the London Roundhouse for 3 days only before it was scrapped, was aptly titled Gravity (2006).

Her video Organized Movement (2004) chronicles Mir's experience in Mexico City as she played with the cliché of an typical artists in residence attending Latin dance classes to launch discussions about broader forms of public, organized movements.

In 2007 Mir, along with curator Paolo Falcone, art collector Marion Franchetti, and artists Luca De Gennaro and Salvo Prestifilippo, embarked on an 800-kilometer journey from Palermo to Venice in a 1977 Silver Shadow Rolls Royce, which they dubbed the Sicilian Pavilion in order to crash the party and to promote Sicilian culture and art at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

More: www.aleksandramir.info


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