Alexandra Bischoff: SOOT

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Alexandra Bischoff. SOOT. Vancouver, 2013-2018. Artist book.

Edition of 17

69 pages

21.59 x 17.78 cm

In the Summer of 2013, Bischoff worked in "residency" as a clerk at the Vancouver Sex Shop "the Fantasy Factory". During her two months there, she created a series of books by hand; the performative nature of sewing and writing in-situ produced a chronicle of personal investigations regarding pornographic culture. The above show the transcribed edition of one such book, titled SOOT.

Exhibited at Unit 17 in Vancouver, B.C. between December 16, 2017-January 21, 2018, for the exhibition SOOT.


Alexandra Bischoff is an Edmonton-born (Treaty 6 Territory), Canadian performance artist and writer. She holds a diploma from MacEwan University, and BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She is currently a MFA candidate at Concordia University in the department of Intermedia (Video, Performance, and Electronic Arts).

Bischoff's art practice is based in performance. The nature of labour, precarious living, and underrepresented archives are some of her chief concerns. She responds to subtle intimacies: architectural idiosyncrasies, pornographic slippages, relationships with strangers, and the like. Often, she focuses through the amorphous lens of women’s work. Through durational performance and installation, she aims to sensitively exercise the point at which leisure becomes labour and the sensual becomes unsettling.

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