Alexandra Unger – Debitum Naturæ

Performance works for St Alfege Park13 – 15 April 2012

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Alexandra Unger, Debitum Naturæ (The Cross), 2012, (performance documentation, detail)

Alexandra Unger, Debitum Naturæ (The Cross), 2012, (performance documentation, detail), Photography: Antonio Pagano and Francesco Restelli

Private view | Reception: Saturday 14th April, 2 – 6 pm

Exhibition Open: 13 – 15 April 2012, 1 – 6 pm

Trinity ∴ is pleased to present Debitum Naturæ, a new series of site-specific performance videoworks and photography by Alexandra Unger.

The site for the piece, originally one the two burial grounds for Nicholas Hawksmoor’s nearby St Alfege Church, was closed for burials in 1853 and converted into a public park and playground in 1889, the gravestones gradually removed and placed along the perimeter in an act of re-contextualisation that marks a cohabitation of the domains of life and death.

Inherent meaning attached to social and religious architectural signifiers – the church, the gravestone, the cross, the font, the altar, becomes questioned by it’s own temporal dissolution. The social archeology of funerary becomes redundant, losing it’s emotional significance due to familial entropy and geographic relocation, the gravestone in itself a surrogate for a missing human presence.

In these works, which document a performance carried out from dark until dawn at the site, Unger acts out a series of gestural actions that engage with these structures, in a sense ‘containing the park in her hand’, as well as delineating a series of archetypal symbols inherent in both religious and art history, and recurrent in the imagery and rituals of many religions and spiritual organisations – The Cross,
The Circle, The Blessing, The Light.

Produced specifically for this solo show, in collaboration with photographers Antonio Pagano and Francesco Restelli and film maker Vago Tedosio, the performance celebrates the park’s past, present and future.

Alexandra Unger, (b. 1978, Sweden) lives and works in London and Rome.

Unger’s work investigates humanity’s relationship to, and experience of the body on both physical, social and psychological levels. She is interested in the way the body is perceived in different belief-systems. Religion’s main ceremonies intrinsically consisting of celebrations of the body’s different phases through life, such as birth, puberty, kinship and death – marking rites of passage within social hierarchies.

Exhibitions include: New York Hall of Science, New York, U.S.A (2012), Parlour Arts, London (2012), Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, UK (2011), The Swedish Church, London (2011), Galleria 291 Est, Rome, (2010), Vanishing Point Contemporary, Newtown, Australia (2010), Spazio Calisti, Perugia, Italy (2010), Kinetica Art Fair, London (2010), Future shorts, Rivington Place, London (2010),
Studio DR Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2009).

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