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Rory Pilgrim
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Rory Pilgrim

(b. 1988 Bristol, UK) Central to Rory Pilgrim’s practice is the questioning of the role of cultural, social and global ownership. Uniting the global and local, Pilgrim explores the forms in which we profess what we believe in individually and collectively as individuals, communities and nations. Be they present or absent, Pilgrim embraces working with varied groups and individuals from around the world. Situated between an intention of activism and critical representation, Pilgrim uses his own role as an individual citizen to ask what is urgent, needed and wanted. This has varied from an attempt to completely integrate two separate European towns, (weymouthaapsalu.com, 2008) to inviting seniors from the city of Amsterdam to enter into discussion and answer directly – Can we leave things as they are? (Tiananmen Square never happened in Holland, 2010). Through his practice, Pilgrim explores the differences of how we act and express ourselves in language through the structures of speech, written word, action and music.