Pil and Galia Kollectiv is a London-based duo that makes art, write and curates. Their practice is collaborative and interdisciplinary, based primarily in film and performance. Their research interests include the relationship between art and politics; irony, belief, and overidentification; and immaterial labor. Their work addresses the legacy of Modernism and the avant-garde, and the relationship between art and politics. They are especially interested in the role of art and creativity in post-Fordist labor. They use choreographed movement and ritual both aesthetically and thematically, juxtaposing consumerism and religious ceremonies to find the underlying rites and convictions of a secular, post-ideological society. Music is often central to their investigations of social structures.
Pil and Galia hold a joint PhD in art from Goldsmiths College. They have had solo shows at Trade Gallery, Nottingham, England (2013), Ort Gallery, Birmingham, England (2013), Ishmael Bernal Gallery, Manila, the Philippines (2011), Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand (2010), S1 Artspace, Sheffield, England (2008), Grey Area, Brighton, England (2008), and the Showroom, London (2007). They have presented live work at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014), the 4th Athens Biennale (2013), Radar, Loughborough, England (2011), Kunsthall Oslo, Norway (2010), Arnolfini, Bristol, England (2010), the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2010), Tate Britain, London (2009), the 2nd Herzliya Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel (2009), the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), and the 5th Montreal Biennale (2007). They are contributing editors at Art Papers and directors of the London project space xero, kline & coma. As well as running a studio at the Cass, they lecture in fine art at the University of Reading and Camberwell College of Arts, and have taught at University of Kent, Goldsmiths, and the University of Hertfordshire.