In Conversation: Cinzia Mutigli and Alia Syed

04 Nov 2021


Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street , London, SE1 0LN

Cinzia Mutigli discusses her moving-image installation for Survey II, I’ve Danced at Parties with artist Alia Syed.

I’ve Danced at Parties is a moving-image installation that ruminates on the role of rehearsal in both performance and everyday life. Comprising a film and printed wallpaper, the work connects the obsessive repetition of actions to our inability to create spontaneous connections and counter social anxiety.


The conversation will last for up to an hour, followed by the chance to ask questions.

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About the speakers 

Cinzia Mutigli works across a range of media including text, performance and video linking her own story to wider cultural histories. She considers how domestic, socio-political and popular cultural environments interact to impact our persona, psychologies and sense of self. Recurring themes and motifs include wallpaper, hair, rehearsals and putting on an act.

Cinzia was born in Edinburgh and is based in Cardiff. She graduated in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee (1993) and studied European FA Printmaking at Winchester School of Art (1994). Recent projects include Sweet Wall, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh (2020); Cheery Like Lorraine Kelly’s Cheery (text) for ON CARE, Ma Biblioteque (2020); My Boring Dreams featuring Kylie, Neneh, Whitney and the Gang for Chips & Egg, The Sunday Painter Gallery, London (2019); and Diana Ross Shaped, Cubitt, London (2018). Mutigli has also worked collaboratively with Freya Dooley on several projects since 2013. 

Alia Syed has been making experimental films in Britain for over 25 years. She is interested in storytelling, time and memory and the juncture of personal realities which she explores through different subjects positions in relation to culture, diaspora and location.

Syed’s films have been shown at numerous institutions around the world including BBC Arts Online (currently), The Triangle Space: Chelsea College of Arts (2014), Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2012-13, 5th Moscow Biennale (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2010); Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2009); XV Sydney Biennale (2006); Hayward Gallery, London (2005); Tate Britain, London (2003); Glasgow Museum of Modern Art, Scotland (2002); Iniva, London (2002); The New Art Gallery in Walsall (2002); and Tate Modern, London (2000), Reina Sophia Museum of Contemporary Art, Madrid (2009), Courtisane Festival, Belgium (2019) WKV, Stuttgart (2019) and Yale Centre for British Art (2019). Syed’s films have also been the subject of several solo exhibitions at Talwar Gallery in New York and New Delhi.

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Cinzia Mutigli, I’ve Danced at Parties, 2021. Preview at Jerwood Arts. Survey II is led by Jerwood Arts in collaboration with g39 and Site Gallery. Photo: Hydar Dewachi.
Cinzia Mutigli, I’ve Danced at Parties, 2021. Preview at Jerwood Arts. Survey II is led by Jerwood Arts in collaboration with g39 and Site Gallery. Photo: Hydar Dewachi.