about

Pierre d’Alancaisez is a curator and critic specialising in social and political art practices. As a PhD researcher at Birmingham City University, he investigates interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and the relationship between artists’ access to non-arts skills and the impacts of artistic practices.

For a decade, Pierre was the director of waterside contemporary in London, where he pioneered social practice and art activism approaches in the art market. He has curated exhibitions with artists that included Turner Prize nominee Oreet Ashery and has commissioned works with artists such as Mirza and Butler which travelled to Artes Mundi and Sydney Biennale.

He has also been a cultural strategist in higher education and the charity sector, a publisher, a scientist, and a financial services professional.

Recent work

Kim Charnley: Sociopolitical Aesthetics

Kim Charnley: Sociopolitical Aesthetics

Sociopolitical Aesthetics argues for a new interpretation of the relationship between socially-engaged art and neoliberalism. Kim Charnley explores the possibility that neoliberalism has destabilized the art system so that it is no longer able to absorb and neutralize dissent. As a result, the relationship between aesthetics and politics is experienced with fresh urgency and militancy.
Gay time, memory, and the death drive

Gay time, memory, and the death drive

My generation of gay men has no memory because it never became acquainted with a previous generation whose time came and went leaving a mere caricature as a historical record.