Born 1981 in Berkshire, UK. Recently completed an MFA in Fine Art at the Valand Academy, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Alexander Stevenson is an independent artist working on commissions in the public realm, within international festivals, with contemporary galleries and with a focus on self-initiated projects. In his practice he mines information using processes usually associated with anthropologists, historians and researchers to create artworks, journeys and films.
Stevenson's artworks draw attention to the complicated relationship we have with the narratives of history, and to cultural stories about places we haven't visited in person. Highly theatrical video, costume and sculptures question how cultural projection onto places and their histories masks understanding, and appear entangled with colonial processes.
Most recently, dialogues with academics who have never visited their object of study, Antarctica, inform 'translations' from Antarctic metaphors into art objects and performance on video.
Past commissions include: Cynosure, an SVHS installation and a 16mm dance film for The Centre for Moving Image Research, Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film and Rogue Studios, Manchester; Quilt Cowboy, an exhibition and film, commissioned by Situations for The American Museum in Britain, Bath; and Odyssean, an artist residency in North Ronaldsay Lighthouse, Orkney Isles.
Contact mail (at) alexanderstevenson.com for more information.
NH02020 77000, 2013