Born in 1975, Nirveda Alleck is a multi-disciplinary contemporary artist living and practising in Mauritius. She studied at Michaelis School of Fine Art, South Africa (BAFA 1997) and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland (MFA, 2001). Formerly a lecturer in Art Education in Mauritius, Alleck has also worked as an Art Consultant at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site in Mauritius, and is currently lecturing part-time for the Master of Visual Arts course at the University of Mauritius. Alleck has participated in numerous international workshops in Namibia, South Africa, India, Lebanon, Mali and Mauritius, and taken up residencies at the Bag Factory Studios in Johannesburg as well as in Scotland, Reunion Island, Namibia, USA, Mali and Mauritius.
She was awarded a Francis Greenburger Fellowship in 2011 to undertake a residency at Art OMI, New York. Alleck has also participated in many international exhibitions including: Diplomatic Immunity (New York, USA, 2001), 11th Triennale (India, 2005), Pan African Arts Festival (Algeria, 2009), Francophonie Games (Beirut), Arts Actuels Biennale (Reunion Island, Mauritius) and World Festival of Black Arts (Dakar). In 2010, Alleck was a laureate at the Dak’Art Biennale, where she was awarded the Soleil d’Afrique Prize; she also participated again in 2012 winning an EMMA Award (Culture category).
Alleck’s work is a combination of personal history fused with a more extended view of the world space in which we live and the psychological and sometimes romantic notions of existence and time. She often takes a ‘felt’ moment as a starting point, attempting to render certain intrinsic feelings into real situations and fusing the personal and the public into a whole. Perfect Match features two boxers – one male and one female – and the shadows they generate sparring against a changing sequence of backgrounds, interwoven with fragments of text in French and English. Alleck works with a range of media including paint, installation, video and sound. Most recently, she has been involved in implementing a major public art project in Mauritius.
In 2014 Togolese-French curator and producer Kisito Assangni toured Still Fighting Ignorance and Intellectual Perfidy: Video Art from Africa, a multi-national exhibition and a platform for critical thinking, researching and presenting African video art, to Ben Uri in London. The exhibition presented a selection of work by 21 contemporary African video artists, including Nirveda Alleck’s Perfect Match (2006), and confronted some of the stereotypes that are still too often associated with African Art and its presentation in the West.