Alex Baczynski-Jenkins
The tremble, the symptom, the swell and the hole together
20 January 2017 – 12 March 2017
Opening: Thursday 19 January

Chisenhale Gallery presents The tremble, the symptom, the swell and the hole together, a new body of work and the largest commission to date by London and Warsaw-based artist and choreographer Alex Baczynski-Jenkins.

For his new commission at Chisenhale Gallery, Baczynski-Jenkins presents a choreography that unfolds across the duration of the exhibition, examining the relationships between affection, distraction, desire and loss. Performed by Baczynski-Jenkins’ collaborators and presented within a minimal and adaptive set, the choreography incorporates two interwoven temporal formats: fortnightly ‘Episodes’ on Thursday evenings, followed by extended ‘Fugue’ performances every Friday to Sunday, 2-6pm.

The work traces queer affinities across social practices, art forms and timeframes, in which bodies simultaneously experience pleasure and deficit. Here, dance, gesture, sound and spoken word contribute to an embodied vocabulary through which the performers navigate intimate and fragmentary exchanges, reflecting on the edges of subjectivity, corporeality and representation.

During the days that the gallery is closed to the public, Baczynski-Jenkins and his collaborators rehearse and develop the next Episode, transforming the gallery into both a performance space and a live production house.

This commission develops Baczynski-Jenkins’ interest in negotiations of desire and the materiality of gestures, as well as the stagings and affections of queer commons.

The tremble, the symptom, the swell and the hole together is developed in collaboration with and performed by Magdalena Chowaniec, Jia-Yu Corti, Kwabena Darko, Jonathan Gonzalez, Samuel Kennedy, Matthew Morris, Jayson Patterson and Thelma Sharma.

Exhibition opening hours:

The trembleThursday 19 January, 7pm
The symptomThursday 2 February, 7pm
The swellThursday 16 February, 7pm
The hole togetherThursday 2 March, 7pm

Every Friday-Sunday 2-6pm

Admission is free and no booking is required. The gallery has limited capacity and visitors will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Alex Baczynski-Jenkins (born 1987, London) lives and works in Warsaw and London. He has presented works at Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź, (all 2016); David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Block Universe, London; Sophiensaele Theatre, Berlin; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Cricoteka, Krakow, (all 2015); and X-Apartments, Homeworks, Beirut (2013). Baczynski-Jenkins was UK Associate Artist at Delfina Foundation, 2015 and 2016. He is the co-founder of artist-run project space Kem in Warsaw.

Lead Supporter: Gaia Art Foundation.

With additional support from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts. With thanks to Delfina Foundation and Chisenhale Dance Space.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Commissions Programme 2017-19 is supported by the LUMA Foundation.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Curatorial Trainee Programme 2016-18 is supported by Sirine and Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Talks & Events Programme 2017 is supported by Helen Thorpe.

  • Thursday 9 March

    João Florêncio, Lecturer in History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture at University of Exeter, explores the political and aesthetic value of refusing a ‘poetics of spectacularity’ when engaging with illness. Drawing from Alex Baczynski-Jenkins’ new work and speaking from a position ‘beside’ the binary of health and malady, Florêncio examines the dull moments of illness, the unremarkable symptoms that signal its presence in our ordinary lives.
    This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here.

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    Thursday 23 February

    Selected by Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, a screening of The Red Shoes (Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1948) is presented in association with MUBI. The Red Shoes tells the story of a young ballet dancer’s quest to become a prima ballerina. MUBI is a curated online cinema presenting cult, classic and independent film. In conjunction with Baczynski-Jenkins’ exhibition, MUBI are offering Chisenhale audiences a free month at
    This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here.

    Thursday 9 February

    Alex Baczynski-Jenkins is joined in conversation by Catherine Wood, Senior Curator of International Art (Performance) at Tate. Baczynski-Jenkins and Wood discuss his new work in relation to the ‘choreographic turn’ reflecting on the history of dance and performance within the exhibition space. This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here.

    Saturday 28 January

    An afternoon viewing of Alex Baczynski-Jenkins' exhibition with an introduction to the work by Eliel Jones, Exhibitions and Events Assistant at Chisenhale Gallery. Coffee and cakes are generously provided by the East End Women’s Institute. Free to attend, no booking required.

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