Ben Uri collection

Perfect Match

Artist information

Name Nirveda Alleck (1975-)

Born Mauritius

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Nirveda Alleck is a multi-disciplinary artist living and practising in Mauritius. She studied at Michaelis School of Fine Art in South Africa and the Glasgow School of Art. In 2011 she was awarded a Francis Greenburger Fellowship to undertake a residency at Art OMI, New York. She has participated in many international exhibitions and has twice been awarded the Soleil d'Afrique Prize (2010 and 2012) at the Dak'Art Biennale. She is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Mauritius.

Object Details

Date 2006

Object type film

Medium video

Acquisition presented by the artist 2014

Accession number 2015-18

Display status not on display

Alleck’s work is a combination of personal history fused with a more extended view of the world space in which we live and the psychological and sometimes romantic notions of existence and time. She often takes a ‘felt’ moment as a starting point, attempting to render certain intrinsic feelings into real situations and fusing the personal and the public into a whole. Perfect Match features two boxers – one male and one female – and the shadows they generate sparring against a changing sequence of backgrounds, interwoven with fragments of text in French and English. Alleck works with a range of media including paint, installation, video and sound. Most recently, she has been involved in implementing a major public art project in Mauritius.

In 2014 Togolese-French curator and producer Kisito Assangni toured Still Fighting Ignorance and Intellectual Perfidy: Video Art from Africa, a multi-national exhibition and a platform for critical thinking, researching and presenting African video art, to Ben Uri in London. The exhibition presented a selection of work by 21 contemporary African video artists, including Nirveda Alleck’s Perfect Match (2006), and confronted some of the stereotypes that are still too often associated with African Art and its presentation in the West.



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