22 to 28 May 2019
Artist Alexandra Pirici will be presenting the artwork Leaking Territories (2017) at IWM London. Bringing her ongoing action to London for the first time as part of Block Universe, London's leading international performance art festival.
Originally made for the decennial art exhibition Münster Sculpture Projects 2017, the work is inspired by Münster's historic town hall where the Westphalian Peace Treaty was signed in 1648. The treaty marked the beginning of diplomatic solutions to large-scale conflict and the introduction of key concepts for modern international law, such as state sovereignty.
Shown now at IWM London, Leaking Territories challenges the concept of territory in relation to place, bodies, identity and flux. The work considers existing political world events and objects, and imagines new ones – by creating a human Google search engine - with live bodies. Pirici’s ongoing action conjures and links together actions from different times and spatial realities. The work aims to expose the concept of a detached and insular territory and identity as a fiction.