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Alexandra Bischoff

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Alexandra Bischoff
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Born1991[citation needed]
Alberta, Canada
EducationBFA, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, 2015
Known forArtist, Writer

Alexandra Bischoff (b. 1991 Edmonton, Alberta)[1] is a Canadian artist and writer who works primarily in performance, with an emphasis on sexuality and feminism. She lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

Life and education[edit]

Bischoff received a Fine Art Diploma in 2012 from McEwan University, Alberta, Canada. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, she was named Valedictorian of her 2015 undergraduate class.[1][2]


Alexandra Bischoff’s artistic practice, primarily in performance, video, and text, responds to the complexities of female sexuality and is influenced by her research engaging with archives.[3] Bischoff’s archival research led to the Rereading Room, an exhibition of the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore’s inaugural 1973 catalogue. The Rereading Room initially was at exhibited at 221A in 2016-17[4] and, in 2018, was included in the Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery.[5]

Also in 2018, Bischoff participated in the group exhibition SOOT, emerging from her publication of the same name. SOOT is a recount of Bischoff’s experiences having been employed at a retail sex shop in Vancouver.

In 2017, Decoy Magazine published Happenstance, a series of temporary artworks by eleven artists including Bischoff, who worked in public spaces in the city of Vancouver. For this project, Bischoff explored the senses as her main theme for her work thrum. She performed her piece by walking across and interacting with the Granville Bridge in a time-based performance.[6]

Bischoff has been critical of Wikipedia's gender imbalance and has worked with the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery to address it through their annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.[7]

Major works[edit]

Alexandra Bischoff, Rereading Room: The Vancouver Women's Bookstore (1973-1996), 2016-18, texts chosen from the 1973 Vancouver Women’s Bookstore catalogue. Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Photo: Rachel Topham
  • L'origine, Plucked (2018)[8]
  • Rereading Room (2018) Bischoff’s archival research led to the Rereading Room, an exhibition the Vancouver Women’s Bookstore’s inaugural 1973 catalogue. Rereading Room's first iteration was exhibited at 221A in 2016-17.[9][10]
  • Soot (2017-2018)[1]
  • thrum (2017)[11]
  • I Feel Pretty performance and video (2016)[12]
  • Skin on Skin (2016)[8]
  • Suds-bucket (2015)[13]
  • Iron-Woman... (2014)[14]

Awards and residencies[edit]

  • RBC Artist Development for her performance L'origine, Plucked (2018) in the Calgary performance festival IKG LIVE 2. [15]
  • 221A Artist Run Centre, N.O.P.E. research group (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Burrard Arts Foundation, writing residency (Vancouver, B.C.)[16]


  • Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT (12 January - 8 April 2018)[9]
  • IRL:URL[12]
  • Rereading Room (10 November 2016 - 14 January 2017) [17]
  • SOOT (16 December 2017 - 21 January 2018) [1]
  • Transmutations


  • “Tongue in Shape.” Catalogue essay for Sarah Davidson. Scrap Collector​, Gam Gallery. 2016. Print.
  • “Usually only temporarily.” LAUGH Magazine 3. (2017): 30-31. Print. [18]
  • GAGS. “Theory Boner” Nov. 2014. Print. [19]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Unit 17". Unit 17. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  2. "Emily Carr University 2015 Convocation Webcast". April 2015.
  3. Ling, Steffanie (March 19, 2018). "10 Artists Who Work With Text". Canadian Art.
  4. "Rereading Room". 221A. November 2016.
  5. "Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT". Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.
  6. Brennan, Whitney. "Happenstance: A Series of Temporary Artworks".
  7. "Women get far less recognition on Wikipedia than men, and a group of artists is tired of it". CBC News. 10 March 2017. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "IKG LIVE". Illingworth Kerr Gallery. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Beginning with the Seventies: GLUT exhibition". Georgia Straight Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  10. Griffin, Kevin (2018-01-13). "Put it in words: How writing and reading by women influenced art in the '70s". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  11. "Decoy Magazine". Decoy Magazine. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "The James Black Gallery". The James Black Gallery. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  13. Griwoswky, Fish (June 27, 2015). "What to see as The Works Art & Design fest goes into its final days". The Edmonton Journal.
  14. "Over Under Over Under". VANDOCUMENT. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  15. "IKG LIVE 2". Illingworth Kerr Gallery. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  16. "Artist in Residence: Alexandra Bischoff". burrardarts.org. Burrard Arts Foundation. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  17. "Rereading Room: The Vancouver Women's Bookstore". 221A. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
  18. Abdai, Fitzgerald, Kris, Louise (2017). LAUGH Magazine 3. LAUGH Magazine.
  19. "Theory Boner Zine". justseeds.org. Retrieved 2018-03-10.

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