Alejandra Riera

Alejandra Riera is an Argentinian artist that has been engaged in writing and filmmaking since 1995 as well as, these past few years, nurturing abandoned big city plants back to life. Located ‘between fields’ her written works and film-documents are based on lived experience and most often are attempts to encourage collective thought, gestures and creation. She has founded several research groups involving, over many years, the thoughts, dreams and perceptions of people undergoing psychic suffering (with the group UEINZZ from Sâo Paulo), but also with the inhabitants of a peri-urban neighbourhood (Valence-le-Haut). From 2010–2014 she taught a ‘Lucioles’ (firefly) atelier at the La Borde Clinic in Cour-Cheverny with Joris de Bisschop, having the luck to also count on the presence of Jean Oury. ‘Poetic(s) of Incompleteness’ is her most recent essay, focusing on certain experiences whose density extends beyond the cinema, but which nonetheless accompanies it (including the last unfinished film by Maya Deren). Her essays have been the objects of presentations both within and outside the spaces specifically devoted to the visioning of artistic and cinematic production. Since 2010 she has been teaching film and documentary practices at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’art at Bourges and where she organises Manières de faire, a cine-club open to all exploring rare, singular and poetic approaches, examining film, writing and experience outside of any preconceived actuality.