The Vera List Center for Art and Politics presents its 2006-07 Fellows Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander, and David Thorne. They present and discuss their recent project 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, which was conceived for and shown at Documenta 12, an international exhibition of contemporary art in Kassel, Germany.
Through intersecting narratives, the piece responds from a U.S. perspective to conditions and questions that have arisen since the start of the Iraqi war. The work is structured around a central question: How does war construct specific positions for individuals to fill, enact, speak from, or resist? The panel discussion is moderated by Carin Kuoni, director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
Andrea Geyer is an artists who worked on 9 Scripts from a Nation at War.
Over the past ten years, Sharon Hayes has been engaged in an art practice that moves between multiple mediums - video, performance, installation - in an ongoing artistic investigation into the relations of history, politics and space to the process of individual and collective subject formation. To this aim, she employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as theater, film, anthropology, linguistics, and journalism.
Hayes' installation, video and performance work has been shown at P.S. 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Parlour Projects, the Whitney Museum of American Art's Independent Study Program, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, HERE, Performance Space 122, the Joseph Papp Public Theater and the WOW Cafe and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Track 16, Gallery 2102 and The Project in Los Angeles. In addition she has shown in galleries, exhibition or performance spaces in Bogota, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmo, Vienna and Zagreb as well as in California, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont, and in 45 lesbian living rooms across the United States.
Hayes was a 1999 MacDowell Colony Fellow. She also received a 1999 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She was a participant in the Whitney Museum of American Artâ€™s Independent Study Program, 1999-2000 and received an MFA from the Interdisciplinary Studio at UCLAâ€™s Department of Art in 2003.
Ashley Hunt is an artist and activist who uses video, photography, mapping and writing
to engage social movements, modes of learning and public discourse. Among his interests are structures that allow people to accumulate power and those which keep others from getting power, while learning from the ways people come to know, respond to and conceive of themselves within these structures. Rather than seeing art and activism as two exclusive spheres of practice, he approaches them as complimentary, drawing upon the ideas of social movements and cultural theory alike - the theorizing and practices of each informing the other.
This has included investigations into the prison, the demise of welfare state institutions, war
and disaster capitalism, documentary representations and political activism. His primary work of the past eight years is organized under the umbrella of The Corrections Documentary Project, which centers around the contemporary growth of prisons and their centrality to today's economic restructuring and the politics of race.
Huntâ€™s work has been screened and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary
Museum in Baltimore, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta, Kunst-Werke Institute for
Contemporary Art in Berlin, as well as numerous grassroots and community based venues
throughout the U.S. He has published writings in Rethinking Marxism ('06), the Journal of
Aesthetics and Protest ('07 & '05), Sandbox Magazine ('02) and at Artwurl.org ('03-present).
He is currently a fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics in New York City.
Katya Sander's is an artist who worked on 9 Scripts from a Nation at War.
David Thorne is an artist who worked on 9 Scripts from a Nation at War.