Rory Pilgrim

17 May-21 Jul 2024

Chisenhale Gallery
London E3 5QZ


Working across music, film, text, drawing and performance, Rory Pilgrim redefines how we come together and strive for social change. Influenced by activist, feminist and social practices, Pilgrim works with others, through long-term dialogue and collaboration, to share and voice personal experiences. Pilgrim’s Chisenhale Gallery commission will rethink the emotional and ecological impact of law. Following long-term engagement with communities based on The Isle of Portland – a small island in the English Channel, home to two architecturally dominating prisons, and a diminishing natural ecosystem – Pilgrim’s commission will unfold with others through screenplay, live performance and music. Against a backdrop of incarceration and environmental trauma, Pilgrim’s ambitious new body of work asks; how can we reframe justice as a form of spiritual sanctuary?


Rory Pilgrim lives and works in Ee, the Netherlands and Isle of Portland, UK. Selected exhibitions include: Radio Ballads, Serpentine Gallery, London (2022); HOP to HOPE, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art (WAM), Turku (2022); Where the Tide Takes Us, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig (2021); The Undercurrent, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2020). Selected screenings and festivals include: MoMA, New York (2022); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2021); Glasgow Film Festival (2020); Images Festival, Toronto (2019); and Transmediale Festival, HKW, Berlin (2019). Pilgrim was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2023, and was the winner of the Prix de Rome in 2019.