Portrait by Emily Bates
From the series Unclaimed Images, ongoing, photo AA
Reading performance Matter of Divergence, 2022, photo AA
Alena Alexandrova is a cultural theorist based in Amsterdam. She lectures at the Fine Arts and Photography departments, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and an MPhil degree in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis from the same university. She is the author of Breaking Resemblance (Fordham University Press, 2017) and the co-editor of a volume on the work of Jean-Luc Nancy. She has lectured and published internationally in the fields of aesthetics, performance and visual studies, and regularly contributes to art publications and catalogues. Currently she is working on Unclaimed Images, a photography project exploring the afterlives of photographic ruins.
She curated Anarchic Infrastructures, symposium and exhibition, PuntWG Amsterdam and Anarcheologies: Hypotheses of a Lost Fragment, Ygrec, École nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris Cergy and Capturing Metamorphosis, an exhibition situating media and modes of display between archeology and contemporary art, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam.
Previously she taught at the Master of Fine Arts, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen, Norway, the Art and Research Department at the Rietveld Academy. She developed and taught the key theory component of the curriculum of the MFA at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem. She was a visiting researcher at the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University, Atelier Holsboer, Cité des Arts, Paris.