Alena Alexandrova is a cultural theorist and an independent curator based in Amsterdam. She is an associate professor at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen, Norway and lectures at the Fine Arts Department, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. She is a guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. She holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and an MPhil degree in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis from the same university.
Currently she is writing a book Anarchic Infrastructures (working title). She is the author of Breaking Resemblance: The Role of Religious Motifs in Contemporary Art (Fordham University Press, 2017) and the co-editor of a volume on the work of Jean-Luc Nancy. She has published internationally in the fields of aesthetics, performance and visual studies, and regularly contributes to art publications and catalogues.
She curated Anarchic Infrastructures, symposium and exhibition, PuntWG Amsterdam and Anarcheologies: Hypotheses of a Lost Fragment, Ygrec, École nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris Cergy and Capturing Metamorphosis, an exhibition situating media and modes of display between archeology and contemporary art, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam.
Previously she taught in the Art and Research and Photography Departments at the Rietveld Academy and the Amsterdam University College. She developed and taught the key theory component of the curriculum of the MFA at the Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem. She was a visiting researcher at the Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University.