February 20, 2014 - Bonner Kunstverein - Alexandra Bachzetsis and Claire Hooper
February 20, 2014

Alexandra Bachzetsis and Claire Hooper

Alexandra Bachzetsis, A Piece Danced Alone, 2012. Performance, Chisenhale Gallery, London. Photo: Mark Blower.

Alexandra Bachzetsis
Claire Hooper

22 February–25 May 2014

Opening: 21 February, 7pm; with performance A Piece Danced Alone by Alexandra Bachzetsis 

Bonner Kunstverein
Hochstadenring 22
53119 Bonn


Contemporary pop culture as expressed for example in R&B occupies both Alexandra Bachzetsis and Claire Hooper in their works. While Bachzetsis deconstructs in a rather analytical manner, Hooper employs its inherent seductive aspects for her own purposes. The artists explore the increasing significance given by social media to the staging of “personality” and “life.” In her videos, Hooper combines contemporary destinies with plotlines from Greek mythology while Bachzetsis isolates gesture and body language visible in club culture and music videos in her performances. A dialog about the body and its representation in the media as well as its physical and social limitations develops between their works. The artistic practice of each artist run behaves contrary to classic exhibition traditions: Bachzetsis develops her pieces, mostly performances, as a choreographer and dancer and appears in theaters as well as exhibition venues while Hooper presents her films both at film festivals and exhibitions for which she often creates separate presentation architecture or situations. 

Alexandra Bachzetsis is active as a performer and choreographer, appearing with her pieces for example at the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zurich), the Tanzquartier (Vienna, 2010) and the Theater Freiburg. She was also represented at the Fondation Beyeler (Basel, 2013), the Chisenhale Gallery (London, 2012) and at Documenta 13 (Kassel, 2012). Claire Hooper, who dedicates herself largely to the medium of film, has already been represented with her works at numerous festivals, for example the International Film Festival in Rotterdam (2013) and the Kunstfilm Biennale in Cologne (2010). Her works have been shown at exhibitions in the ICA (London, 2012), the Serpentine Gallery (London, 2012), Lothringer 13 (Munich, 2011) and MUMOK (Vienna, 2011), where she was presented for the Baloise Art Prize. The exhibition at the Bonner Kunstverein is her first wide-ranging presentation in Germany.

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Alexandra Bachzetsis and Claire Hooper at Bonner Kunstverein
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