Kentucky College of Art and Design and 21c Museum Hotel Louisville invite you to an artist talk with Anthony Schrag, a practicing artist and researcher based in Scotland. The talk invites those practitioners and organizations who ‘work with people’ to examine the ethics and reasons for why we are engaged in such work, and looks to develop strategies for making artworks within the public realm that are neither about cultural colonization nor the replication of dominant hegemonies.
Event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception with the artist.
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ABOUT ANTHONY SCHRAG
Anthony Schrag was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in the Middle East, UK, Canada and is currently based somewhere in Scotland. He is a practicing artist and researcher who has worked nationally and internationally, including residencies in Iceland, USA, Canada, Pakistan, Finland, the Netherlands and South Africa, among others. He works in participatory manner, and central to his practice is a discussion about the place of art in a social context. His practice based PhD – completed in 2016 – explored the relationship between artists, institutions and the public, looking specifically at a productive nature of conflict within institutionally supported participatory/public art projects. He doesn’t do many exhibitions because he is conflicted about ‘objects’ and is afraid of the permanence they suggest.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards including The Hope Scot Trust, Creative Scotland, British Council, the Dewar Arts Award, the 2011 Standpoint Futures: Public residency award, as well as a Henry Moore Artist Fellowship. In 2015, he walked 2638 km from the north of Scotland to the Venice Biennale to explore the place of participatory artworks within the public realm.
Image: Be Perfect (part of The Secret Society of Imperfect Nurses), Digital Photographic documentation of performance, 2016 (Photocredit – A Schrag).