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Artist-Activist Interviews

C4AA Alumni Spotlight: Vivian Peng

Created: 12 Sep 2018

Vivian Peng took part in C4AA’s 2016 Queens Arts Action Academy, supported by the ...

Aaron Hughes

Created: 28 May 2018

“We’re bringing about these extreme situations, we’re bringing about that choice where people have to respond just like in Iraq. We’re making people respond to us. The whole idea was to share that, because ...

Gan Golan

Created: 06 May 2018

  “If we can somehow observe the process that happens between a work of art and an idea reaching a community, and then that community taking a defiant form of action, that’s the black box.  That’s where the ...

Sheba Remy Kharbanda

Created: 22 Mar 2018

“When I was doing grassroots work… around specific issues associated with trauma [like] state violence [and] sexual violence. I found that I wasn’t offering enough just documenting it. Witnessing is very ...

Dara Greenwald

Created: 13 Mar 2018

“You could go down to any commercial gallery and see political art. It has political content, it has a critique, opposition, maybe a submerged expression that was not readily validated by dominant culture. ...

Adelaide Damoah

Created: 02 Mar 2018

“I noticed whenever something happens whether it’s some kind of disaster, some people get killed or one person gets killed, well that’s just what happens the world just keeps on turning, life goes on, and it’s disgusting but that’s just what happens. So that kind of stuff I sometimes put into ...

Alfredo Jaar

Created: 02 Mar 2018

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York City. He was born in Santiago de Chile. Jaar has realized more than sixty public ...

Beatrice Glow

Created: 15 Feb 2017

It’s a long wave. I think of everything as being interdependent or part of an ecosystem, philosophically and biologically. There are urgent moments of crisis where the waves are crashing on the land, which are ...

Elliot Crown

Created: 23 Jan 2017

Images operate the same way that memories do; images have this deep-seated attachment to your mind and I like to think that the images ingrain themselves into people...It really makes them want to stop for a ...

Federico Hewson

Created: 05 Dec 2016

[T]here’s socially engaged art, there’s socially engaged business, and there can also be socially engaged horticulture; flowers working for different social issues, whether that’s fundraising or awareness or ...

FiNK

Created: 11 Oct 2016

Visual appreciation for my art is wanted I suppose, but not totally necessary...Ideally, I want my audience to react in some way either positively or negatively to my art and either a smile or smirk will keep ...

Felicia Young

Created: 29 Sep 2016

My theory is one of creative collaboration and joyous affirmation -- activating change through the inspirational power of the arts and affecting the individual on a deep emotional level, which can be ...

Diana Arce

Created: 01 Sep 2016

[T]he change has to come from socialization. It’s the way that people are being taught to interact with other people. I don’t think it’s something that’s going to come quickly; I think it’s a generational ...

André Leipold

Created: 11 Aug 2016

It’s not that we have a vision necessarily, but we try to poke holes in the scenery - a scenery which is built up by the politicians, by the media. They are playing theatre, too, with our lives and with our ...

Amin Husain

Created: 29 Jul 2016

“Art actions relevant for today come from a place of vulnerability and radical love, from fighting back. They push back and it creates a little space, and that little space could be something more meaningful, ...

Joey Juschka

Created: 25 Jul 2016

“[My] intention is to raise the topic, and on one side, be funny, and on the other side be really serious underneath; to find a way into people’s minds in a way that isn’t confrontational, because then most ...

Ron Goldberg

Created: 24 Apr 2016

Going back to the early days at the March on Washington...to watch people respond to us as we walked by was...people just lit up. It was 6-7 years into the epidemic by then and people were just looking for ...

Andrew Boyd

Created: 15 Mar 2016

“I think there is something affirming of our humanity in culture - in the community building side of things. A connective tissue, quilting all of us together and creating meaning as you strive for these ...

Avram Finkelstein

Created: 11 Feb 2016

“That’s the thing about history, you know, history is capital. The reason why I think the distinctions are worth knowing about is while communal responses, political responses, like ACT UP are incredibly ...

Coco Fusco

Created: 12 Feb 2013

"People don’t like the things that I do. At all. The problem is that I still do them. So it’s kind of like, it would be easy to throw me out for a lot of reasons, and I have gotten bounced. But I’m still ...

L.M. Bogad

Created: 22 Oct 2012

Innovation, surprise… when you surprise someone, you’re earning a moment because you’re opening up a space. The surprise can open up a temporal, experiential space where anything can come in.  There’s opening ...

Dread Scott

Created: 10 Apr 2012

  "They denounced my work on the floor of the Senate as they passed the legislation. And President Bush publicly said he thought the work was disgraceful. So here I am 24 years old and the President of ...

Joseph DeLappe

Created: 28 Jan 2012

"It may not effect change in the kind of physical sense that maybe we’ve been talking about, but I ...

Rebecca Bray and Britta Riley

Created: 19 Apr 2010

"in terms of success, it really became more than just the art project that’s sitting on the wall. It became something that people wanted to engage in and talk about the wider implications." "we actually ...

Eve Mosher

Created: 11 Nov 2009

[private]Themes: Provoking intimate conversations and delivering more info. Pyramid scheme. Awakening as a political artist. Quantifiable metrics of success.[/private] In a few short years, Eve Mosher went from ...

Aaron Gach / The Center for Tactical Magic

Created: 26 Sep 2008

Aaron Gach is the founder of the Center for Tactical Magic and has a notable background. As part of his art training, he studied with a magician, a ninja, and a private investigator. Under the auspices of the ...

Hans Haacke

Created: 21 Apr 2008

Hans Haacke lecture Gallatin School, New York University, April 15, 2008 S&S: As a political artist, how can you know when you’ve been successful? Haacke: I’ve been asked that question many times, and that ...

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