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The Centers of Somewhere By Sky Hopinka
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“A difference between learning and knowing is little more than asking questions without the entitlement of an answer and honoring the vulnerability in saying and hearing ‘I don’t... More > know.’” Embracing uncertainty, experimental filmmaker Sky Hopinka ruminates on power, privilege, and identity—including his own—as he responds to the burden of representation and authority placed on groups of traditionally oppressed people.< Less
Critical Administration: On Artstrike and Institutions By João Enxuto & Erica Love
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What will the relationship between art museums and their publics look like following recent global events like Brexit and the US elections? João Enxuto and Erica Love offer an examination of... More > social change and protest, both within and targeted at art institutions. This pamphlet is published by the Walker Art Center as part of its online Artist Op-Eds series, an ongoing project inviting artists in all disciplines to respond through writing to events in the news. See more at wac.mn/artist-opeds< Less
Forward Ever, Backward Never By Gary Simmons
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Gary Simmons created Everforward—a pair of gleaming white boxing gloves embroidered with the words “Everforward” and “Neverback”—in response to troubled times: the... More > killing of Yusef Hawkins, recession, the AIDS epidemic, the Crown Heights riots. Commemorating Inauguration Day 2017, he reconsiders the work nearly 25 years later—its echoes today and its optimistic call for artists and others to fight back. This pamphlet is published by the Walker Art Center as part of its online Artist Op-Eds series, an ongoing project inviting artists in all disciplines to respond through writing to events in the news. See more at wac.mn/artist-opeds< Less
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Campaign By Naeem Mohaiemen
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"Drill a crater in the floor, flood a gallery, embalm an animal, smash an object, stage a pitiful death—critics hail these gestures as having the power to ‘shape worlds.’ But... More > when artists sit down with museum administrators and read a list of demands for labor rights, this work suddenly becomes illegible to the same museum.” In an Artist Op-Ed illustrated by Hans Haacke's photos from Saadiyat Island, Naeem Mohaiemen reflects on the Gulf Labor Coalition’s fight for fair conditions for workers constructing western museums in Abu Dhabi. This pamphlet is published by the Walker Art Center as part of its online Artist Op-Eds series, an ongoing project inviting artists in all disciplines to respond through writing to events in the news. See more at wac.mn/artist-opeds< Less
2043: No Es Un Sueño By Postcommodity
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Why does the term “native” lose meaning south of the US/Mexico border? Why are some white people calling themselves “nativists”? And how did so many indigenous mestizos come... More > to accept the Hispanicization and Latinization of their identities? In this contribution to the Walker Art Center’s Artist Op-Ed series, the art collective Postcommodity (Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist) melds poetry and prose in a powerful reflection on native self-determination, ethnic and national identity, and the year 2043—when whites are expected to become a minority in the United States. This pamphlet is published by the Walker Art Center as part of its online Artist Op-Eds series, an ongoing project inviting artists in all disciplines to respond through writing to events in the news. See more at wac.mn/artist-opeds< Less
Reading Things By Gordon Hall
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North Carolina's discriminatory transgender bathroom bill, the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, police killings of African Americans across the United States, and the soaring murder rate... More > among transgender women of color: contributing to the Walker Art Center’s Artist Op-Ed series, artist Gordon Hall responds to the trauma of recent events with a meditation on the potential for self-transformation through our relationships with objects. This pamphlet is published by the Walker Art Center as part of its online Artist Op-Eds series, an ongoing project inviting artists in all disciplines to respond through writing to events in the news. See more at wac.mn/artist-opeds< Less
A Circle of Blood By Jack Whitten
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San Bernardino. Beirut. Charleston. Paris. What is art’s role in the face of unspeakable violence? In a personal meditation on what he calls the generalities and particularities of violence,... More > painter Jack Whitten links his experiences growing up as “a product of American apartheid” in Alabama to the deaths of so many, including Eric Garner, Aylan Kurdi, and Darren Goforth. “My art,” he writes, “is an antidote used to counteract this poison.” This pamphlet is published by the Walker Art Center as part of its online Artist Op-Eds series, an ongoing project inviting artists in all disciplines to respond through writing to events in the news. See more at wac.mn/artist-opeds< Less
A Crossing By Natascha Sadr Haghighian
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A rubber raft filled with passive world leaders, their arms locked in unity. This image—an uncredited mash-up circulated online in April 2015—combines a photo op of western heads of state... More > at the Paris Charlie Hebdo march with a more recent tragedy: the deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean. It’s an apt metaphor, writes Natascha Sadr Haghighian, for an EU refugee policy that’s hopelessly adrift. This pamphlet is published by the Walker Art Center as part of its online Artist Op-Eds series, an ongoing project inviting artists in all disciplines to respond through writing to events in the news. See more at wac.mn/artist-opeds< Less
Polemic of Blood By Ron Athey
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Ever since a suicide attempt at age 15, death has been Ron Athey’s constant companion—even more so since 1985, the year he tested positive for HIV. Until it wasn’t. Healthy on the... More > 30th anniversary of his diagnosis, the controversial 53-year-old performance artist reflects on the “post-AIDS” body, the 1994 performance that put him at the center of the Culture Wars firestorm, and his US homecoming after six years abroad. This pamphlet is published by the Walker Art Center as part of its online Artist Op-Eds series, an ongoing project inviting artists in all disciplines to respond through writing to events in the news. See more at wac.mn/artist-opeds< Less
La Cultura de la Basura By Ana Tijoux
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“Where are the videos showing a woman in her role as sister—or protector, or economic head of family, or devoted daughter, or grandmother dignified in her old age?” In her Artist... More > Op-Ed, Chilean hip hop MC and activist Ana Tijoux looks at la violencia del cuerpo en la musica: the objectification of female pop stars, which she likens to “visual punches: it’s about snatching away the very beauty of women.” This pamphlet is published by the Walker Art Center as part of its online Artist Op-Eds series, an ongoing project inviting artists in all disciplines to respond through writing to events in the news. See more at wac.mn/artist-opeds< Less