Speaker - Ashley Hunt

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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. Hunt’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 ('03-present). He is currently a fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics in New York City.

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9 Scripts from a Nation at War

09.17.07 | 02:08:07 min | 0 comments