Aleksandra Mir

Aleksandra Mir

Born in 1967 in Lubin, Poland. Lives in New York, USA.

Aleksandra Mir is a wanderer by nature, having visited Poland, Sweden, America, and Sicily, and she explores the world creating collaborative artistic work situations. Following communication studies in Sweden, then art and lastly anthropology in New York, she has invented complex, community, and optimistic devices. More than just objects, her projects encompass both production processes and the relationships that she links between the events, the places, and the people involved. In 1999, a cleverly organised scurry of excavators transformed a Dutch beach into a moonscape where the First Woman on the Moon, surrounded by children, planted an American flag, laying the foundations for a work of conquest for generous and open collective action. This multiculturalist published VENEZIA (all places contain all others, 2009), a series of landscape postcards from all over the world stamped with the name of the town “Venezia”. Since 2004, she has invited her circle of friends to name the streets of Tokyo (Naming Tokyo, 2004), where everyone, from their individual mythology, offered about twenty names to the town, hoping that eventually they would integrate Tokyoite morals. If Gravity (2006) represents the hope of the space conquest with the collective assembly of used materials from a 22 metre long rocket, Hello (2002) depicts the infinite process of a chain of photographs which links one person from one photo to the other, thereby creating the “cadavre exquis” (a collective game of assembly) of a universal family, where famous and completely unknown people, with no concern for chronology, connect to each other. Aleksandra Mir relentlessly worships a cult for human beings and their everyday reality, pastimes, passions, and preoccupations.