2016 | two-channel video installation | 4K/HD | colour | stereo sound x2 | aspect ratio 16:9 | 15’32”
2018 Stage Is Yours, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
Five performers dressed in grey are shown playing their bodies with microphones. The two screens have been arranged so that you can enter the installation and follow the performance from within the action as if watching a live event. Pirogova describes the performance as a research project in which the performers experiment with microphones and study their possibilities as instruments and objects. At first the performers seem to be in control of the microphones, but as the performance unfolds and the tempo increases, the situation changes. The microphones take the lead in order to give the humans freedom of voice. Power, control, and finding the way to freedom are the main topics of this work.
2017 Future Generation Art Prize, Collateral Event, 57th Venice Biennale
MONO is a two-channel video performance which develops into a sound composition. It has been conceived on the basis of a script for five people performing with microphones and their bodies in a precisely defined space setup. Using microphones as a symbol of voice, power and manifestation of oneself, the performers explore complex social relations. They examine the individual as well as collective dependences and engagements; the microphones function as sensors to enhance the sound – but not the vocals. Creating an immersive and at times oppressive environment in which the viewer and the performers coexist, the artist tests the dynamic between the notions of power and submission, spontaneity and control. Anna Smolak
2016 House of Impressions. Wandering with a troubadour, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
The video work shows a laboratory where researchers curiously examine microphones as if they do not know anything about it or its function. They are trying to use microphones for a variety of different purposes, each time changing the very essential purpose of those. Carried away by the «research» they do not notice how microphones «come alive» and tend to dominate over researchers. As a result, scientists and the subject of their examination swap places: microphones «sing» into people.
Videos of Sasha Pirogova are located between film, videoart, performance and sound. Her works are devoted to movement and its abilities. Pirogova combines unfamiliar angles with familiar context, uncovering mechanics of habit and automatism of perception. By language of movement and montage the artist composes unusual combinations out of usual visual patterns, leaving them open for interpretation. Olga Shishko
Installation view, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow: