Alex Baczynski-Jenkins

20 Jan — 12 Mar 2017 at Chisenhale Gallery in London, United Kingdom

Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Us Swerve (2016), Swiss Institute, New York (commissioned by Basel Liste Performance Programme). Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Daniel Perez.
Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Us Swerve (2016), Swiss Institute, New York (commissioned by Basel Liste Performance Programme). Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Daniel Perez.
12 JAN 2017

Chisenhale Gallery presents The tremble, the symptom, the swell and the hole together, a new body of work and the largest commission to date by London and Warsaw-based artist and choreographer Alex Baczynski-Jenkins.

For his new commission at Chisenhale Gallery, Baczynski-Jenkins presents a choreography that unfolds across the duration of the exhibition, examining the relationships between affection, distraction, desire and loss. Performed by Baczynski-Jenkins’ collaborators and presented within a minimal and adaptive set, the choreography incorporates two interwoven temporal formats: fortnightly ‘Episodes’ on Thursday evenings, followed by extended ‘Fugue’ performances every Friday to Sunday, 2-6pm.

The work traces queer af nities across social practices, art forms and timeframes, in which bodies simultaneously experience pleasure and de cit. Here, dance, gesture, sound and spoken word contribute to an embodied vocabulary through which the performers navigate intimate and fragmentary exchanges, re ecting on the edges of subjectivity, corporeality and representation.

During the days that the gallery is closed to the public, Baczynski-Jenkins and his collaborators rehearse and develop the next Episode, transforming the gallery into both a performance space and a live production house. This commission develops Baczynski-Jenkins’ interest in negotiations of desire and the materiality of gestures, as well as the stagings and affections of queer commons.