Artists’ Responses to Covid-19

Wednesday, 14 October, 2020
Student performance at Social Practice Queens. Photo: Gregory Sholette.
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Gregory Sholette highlights recent socially-engaged art that addresses the social impact of the pandemic. Some projects respond to the effects of COVID-19 directly, while others concentrate on long-running crises, including the experiences of those who are displaced because of the effects of war, political oppression or economic precarity. Each of them, in different ways, affirms human agency in the face of a pandemic that has revealed pre-existing patterns of inequality.

To find more information on artists and organisations discussed in the film:

MOPHRADAT (** To support Beirut’s cultural sector), Carrie Mae Weems, 16 BEAVER GROUP, Sale Docks, Ali Eisa & Alberto DumanAshkal Alwan/ Homework Space, Alia Rayyan and Mona KrieglerMarina Naprushkina and Social Practice Queens.

Gregory Sholette

Dr Gregory Sholette is Professor at Queens College, CUNY, where he co-directs the Social Practice Queens art and social justice initiative with Chloë Bass. A graduate of the Whitney Program in Critical Theory (1996), UC San Diego (MFA: 1995), The Cooper Union (BFA: 1979), Sholette received his PhD in Heritage and Memory Studies from the University of Amsterdam,The Netherlands (2017). He is co-founder of several artists’ collectives including Political Art Documentation/Distribution (1980), REPOhistory (1989), and Gulf Labor Coalition (2010), as well as the curator of Imaginary Archive, a collection of documents about a past whose future never arrived, as well as author of the books Dark Matter (Pluto, 2010), Delirium and ResistanceActivist Art and the Crisis of Capitalism (Pluto, 2017), and Art As Social Action (with Chloë Bass, SPQ, 2018).

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