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THE ARTIST
Aleksandra Mir
(b. 1967, Lubin, Poland)
Aleksandra Mir's work asks questions, makes you laugh and makes you think. Her practice relies heavily on communication and social interaction, and on collaboration.
In much of her work, she solicits the participation of friends, acquaintances and strangers in playful upheavals of social norms. Her projects - many of which relate to replicas and travel - have included 'First Woman on the Moon' (1999), a simulated female moon landing that interlaced issues of space travel, feminism, and imperialism.
She has also created a proposal to make a second Stonehenge that would allow everyone free and unlimited access. 'The How Not To Cookbook' exemplifies her approach. For this publication she asked 1,000 people for their advice on what NOT to do in the kitchen, based on their own experiences of failure. She says 'I was interested in how we are taught or teach ourselves through trial and error and how, by making our guilty failures public, we may even be creating an original and subversive form of art.'
THE CLASS
Freddie On The Plinth
Aleksandra Mir presents a 45-minute lecture followed by a two hour drawing class on two people with an unlikely but beautiful connection - the legendary rock star Freddie Mercury (1946 - 1991) and Czech sculptor Irena Sedlecká (b 1928).


As a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Sedlecka was awarded the State Prize for excellence. She created many Socialist Realist large-scale commissions before fleeing the Communist regime for England in 1966.

It was in London, after Freddie's death from AIDS in 1991, that she received the commission from the band Queen to create a larger-than-life memorial statue in bronze of the rock star.

During the two hour drawing class, students are free to explore and to draw from Irena Sedlecká's scale models and studies of Freddie Mercury, which she produced in preparation for making the memorial statue.

All drawings produced during the class will be exhibited as a collective exhibition.

Open to people with all levels of drawing ability, as well as fans of rock music and classical art. This class welcomes your unique perspective on all of the above.
DETAILS :
Price: £10
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)
Venue: Hayward Gallery Project Space

Please arrive for 9.45am - the class starts promptly at 10am and latecomers will not be admitted.