Rory Pilgrim 1988

Lives in Rotterdam / Londen. Works in Londen / Rotterdam.
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andriesse eyck galerie

Central to Pilgrim's practice is questioning issues of cultural, social and global responsibility. Pilgrim explores the ways in which we profess what we believe, individually and collectively. Be they present or absent, Pilgrim looks to work with varied groups and individuals from around the world. Resulting in performances, happenings, video work and posters.

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Rory Pilgrim wins Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2019
Rory Pilgrim made the fifty-minute film The Undercurrent in which he transports the visitors to the world of a group of young people in the American city of Boise (Idaho). The film features beautiful cinematography, wonderful music, and is meticulously edited. Furthermore, the artist raises a number of topical issues in the film. Initially, climate change appears to be its most important theme, but gradually it becomes clear that the young people have other problems too. Some are fighting against gender inequality, others against their parents’ lack of understanding, and still others have become homeless. Central to this film is a house that appears to function as a sanctuary for the main characters. The concept of the sanctuary is also used for the protection of nature. In this way, the film is hinting at a subtle connection between the earth that needs attention and protection, and the young people who need a home for intimacy, security and their future. Pilgrim also created a home like that during the creative process for the film by intensively involving actors and locals The result is a disarming portrait of the insecurities, hopes and expectations of a generation, and what’s more a film that gives the young people an opportunity to address themselves directly to the viewer. The jury greatly appreciates how the artist has engaged with this group and also values his intention to continue the collaboration in other ways. This characterizes the integrity of the project and makes the jury curious about a follow-up. Not only has Pilgrim shown himself as a master in making films that combine cinematography, music, content, form and topicality, but it is also obvious that he has a great and genuine sense of commitment. The jury was unanimous in its decision to award the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2019 to Rory Pilgrim.
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Jury Prix de Rome

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Rory Pilgrim was a participant of De Ateliers residency programme Amsterdam in 2008-2010. Recent solo exhibitions include the Flat Time House in London, Rongwrong in Amsterdam, SIC Raum für Kunst in Luzern, among others. He had performances at Kunst-Werke in Berlin, Rowing Project in London and Arco Madrid. In 2012, Pilgrim created a large scale performance to commemorate the reopening of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.


Education and Qualifications The Syllabus, Wysing Arts Centre, Eastside Projects, New Contemporaries, S1 Artspace, Spike Island, Studio Voltaire 2015-2016 De Ateliers, Amsterdam 2008-2010 BA First Class Honours (Fine Art) Chelsea College of Art and Design, London 2005-2008 ERASMUS made at the Eesti Kunsti Akadeemia- Jan-May 2007 Awards and Residencies 2019 winner Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2019 2017 Arts Initiative Tokyo supported by Mondriaan Fonds 2016 DanceWeb, Vienna 2015 FTHo Residency, Flat Time House, London Platform Residency at Site Gallery, Sheffield supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation & The University of Sheffield 2014 Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal supported by Mondriaan Fonds Haus am See, Luzern, CH 2013 Stichting CoCA Winner Starters Stipendium Mondriaan Fonds Selected Exhibitions, Performances and Public Events 2019 Ming Studios, Boise, Idaho, USA (solo) The Resounding Bell, Between Bridges, Berlin (solo) Conversing Motherboards, De Studio, Antwerp Art Weekend (group) (Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies, Reading School of Art (group) Software Garden, Screening and Talk, Images Festival, Toronto, Canada Software Garden (performance), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Software Garden Performance, Transmediale Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2018 Freedom of Movement, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL (group) Software Garden, andriesse eyck galerie, NL (solo) The Resounding Bell, South London Gallery, UK (solo) We find each other floating, Performance, Durham Castle, Durham, UK 2017 Holographic Bonds, MAC and Grand Union, Shout Festival, Birmingham, UK Among Other Things I've Taken Up Smoking, TENT, Rotterdam (group) Software Garden: Performance II, Baltic, Newcastle, UK (with Circa Projects) Sacred Repositories Trilogy, Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema, UK (solo) Software Garden: Performance I, Block Universe Festival 2017, London, UK For and Against, Radar, Loughborough, UK Cure Park, TAAK, Amsterdamse Bos, NL Software Garden, Rowing Gallery, London (solo) Dejima. Concepts of In- and Exclusion, GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (group) 2016 'Dolf Henkes Prijs 2016' - TENT, Rotterdam, NL 'Dwarling, My Darling' - Nachtelijke Dwaling #9, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL (With Susie Green) 'The Open Sky' - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK (Solo Exhibition) 'Project Rotterdam' - Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL 'The Shift' - South London Gallery, London, UK (Screening) 'NADA & Art Cologne' - Galerie Andriesse-Eyck, Cologne, DE (Screening) 'Shifting Spaces' - W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 'The Open Sky' - Flat Time House, London, UK (Solo Exhibition) 2015 'The German Library and Information Centre Pyongyang' As part of A library project by Sara van der Heide 5th Guangzhou Triennial / 1st Asia Biennial, Guangzhou, CN (Performance) 'Ways of Looking' - Hanover Project, Preston, UK 'Beatrix Kiddo' - Global Committee, New York City, USA 'Sfear Fan Ynset' de 1e Triënnale van Beetsterzwaag - Kunsthuis SYB, NL 'Resume' - Galerie Andriesse-Eyck, Amsterdam, NL 'Affection is the Best Protection' - Final Performance - Land Art Live, Polderland Garden of Love and Fire, Almere, NL 'When I give I give myself' - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, NL 'Violently Speaking' - MING Studios, Boise, USA (Screening) 'Words are not signs, they are years' - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK (Solo Exhibition) 'Violently Speaking' - Galerie Andriesse-Eyck, Amsterdam, NL (Solo Exhibition) 2014 'Affection is the Best Protection' - Launch Disco - Land Art Live, Polderland Garden of Love and Fire, Almere, NL 'Seeds Upon The Dance Floor' - SIC Raum für Kunst, Luzern, CH (Solo Exhibition) 'Beating around the bush: Episode #3' - Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL 'The House in the Sky: Artists Reflect on Concrete Utopias' - Concrete, Hayward Gallery, London, UK 'Prospects and Concepts' - Mondriaan Fonds and Art Rotterdam, NL 'Sacred Repositories' - Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL (Screening) 'The Salt and the Leaven' - Rongwrong, Amsterdam, NL (Solo Exhibition) 'Platform Residencies: The Artist Proposes' - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK 2013 'Wholeheartedly' - Detroit, Bristol, UK 'Wholeheartedly' - Educating Artists, Kunst Werke, Berlin, DE 'Performance as Publishing' - Rowing Projects, London, UK 'Liste 18' - Basel, CH (Solo Presentation) 'Public Display of Affection' - Rongwrong, Amsterdam, NL 2012 'Pay Attention, Please' - Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, IT 'Beyond Imagination' - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL 'Sounds of Protest' - Arnolfini and Colston Hall, Bristol, UK 'Dialogue is Normal' - Herengracht 1, Amsterdam, NL 'Volkskrant Beeldende Kunstprijs 2012' - Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL 'Care' - ARCO, The Dutch Pavilion, Madrid ES (Solo Commission) 'De Stille Revolutie' - Supermarket, Stockholm, SE 2011 'Can we leave things as they are?' - TAG, Den Haag, NL (Duo Show with Louwrien Wijers) 'He Disappeared into Complete Silence' - De Hallen, Haarlem, NL 'Sowing and Weeding' - COBRA Museum, Amstelveen, NL 'De Stille Revolutie' - Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL (Solo Show) 'The Rainbow' - Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, NL (Solo Show) 2010 ‘For the Birds’ - Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK ‘Women and Children: What has made this building last?’ - ‘Temporary Stedelijk’ Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL (Solo Commission) ‘Morality Act IX - Let Us Compare Mythologies’ – Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL ‘Offspring 2010’ - de Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL ‘For the Birds’ - Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, NL 2009 ‘When the lightness of Poetry’ Rotterdam, 21st-27th September 2009. Week long public performance commissioned by Sculpture International Rotterdam. Curated by Germaine Kruip with artists Alfredo Jaar, David Lamelas, and Roman Ondak '9x14’, (with Mathilde Rosier) Silberkuppe, Städliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE ‘Terms and Conditions’ - curated by Dominic Eichler, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2008 ‘’ - released 13th of June, 2008 ‘From Across the Sea’ - Chelsea College of Art Degree Show, London UK 'Ainult pool Linnast’ (Only Half the Town) - Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia 2007 ‘The Baiji’ - Chelsea College of Art, London UK ‘Flowers Around a Tree’ - Tallinn, Estonia 2006 ‘Going on a Pilgrimage with the Estonian Orthodox Church’ - Meeksi to Saatse, Setumaa Estonia, July 2006