These two works stem from Pilgrim’s series Software Garden, which consists of performances, a music album, films and drawings. In this project, the artist asks himself how people can connect with each other, digitally or otherwise. How can they make room for empathy, caring and kindness at a time when digital technologies are changing the nature of human relationships? The drawing and the text work are part of Pilgrim’s answer: a dreamy world in which he strives to give new meaning to hollowed-out concepts such as love, freedom, security and solidarity.
Laurie Cluitmans − curator of contemporary art
Collection Centraal Museum, Utrecht/ purchase with support from the Mondriaan Fund 2019
© Centraal Museum Utrecht / Adriaan van Dam
Rory Pilgrim’s Sparkling Body is one of the works from the Centraal Museum collection, in dialogue with the artists from the Modern Love festival exhibition.
Rory Pilgrim― Artist
Rory Pilgrim (Bristol, 1988) works in a wide range of media including songwriting, composing music, film, music video, text, drawing and live performances. Centred on emancipatory concerns, Pilgrim aims to challenge the nature of how we come together, speak, listen and strive for social change through sharing and voicing personal experience. Strongly influenced by the origins of activist, feminist and socially engaged art, Pilgrim works with others through a different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops. In an age of increasing technological interaction, Rory's work creates connections between activism, spirituality, music and how we form community locally and globally from both beyond and behind our screens. Solo Shows include: Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2020), Between Bridges, Berlin (2019) Andriesse-Eyck Gallery, Amsterdam NL (2018), South London Gallery (2018), Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth (2017), Flat Time House, London (2016), Site Gallery, Sheffield (2016) and sic! Raum für Kunst, Luzern CH (2014). In 2019, Pilgrim was the winner of the Prix de Rome.