If pressed to describe Theaster Gates’ work in one word, it would be ‘transformative.’ In his performances, installations and urban interventions, Gates—an artist, musician and ‘cultural planner’ as well as director of arts program development for the University of Chicago—transforms spaces, relationships, traditions and perceptions.
Exploring architecture as a tool for mediation and meditation, Gates draws from both urbanism and art to provide what he terms ‘moments of interstitial beauty’ in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods. His most recent project, ‘Temple’, comprises two neighboring houses whose interiors he completely rebuilt of donated and repurposed materials to create spaces for workshops, exhibitions and other public events on topics of race, art and politics.
Gates’ work is funded by the Joyce Foundation, the Graham Foundation, and the African American Art Alliance. In 2010 alone, he has performed
and exhibited at the Whitney Biennial and the Armory Show in New York, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Brunno David Gallery and Pulitzer Museum of Art in St. Louis, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. He also completed residencies with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wis., Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon, and Artadia New York. He is a Loeb Fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design for 2010-11.
Residents from United States
Max Pam’s (born 1949, Melbourne) life story is illustrative of the thirst for young Australians to escape the slow, traditional and isolated Australian lifestyle in favor of seeing, touching, smelling and experiencing the world overseas. Pam travelled with a camera, enjoyed photographing every emotional moment, acquaintances, incidents of his travel, at the same time strictly budgeting his shots per day, turning only the most intense moments into pictures. His photographs feature Asia: India, Pakistan, Yemen, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Indian Ocean rim islands, Africa: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mauritius, Madagascar. In the past decade his work has also looked at Europe and Australia. Pam’s works have been published in Australian and international art and travel magazines. His book Going East: Twenty Years of Asian Photography (1992) was featured in Phaidon’s History of the Photobook Volume 2 in 2006 and he won the most prestigious European book award, France’s “Prix du livre.”
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Residents from Australia
Winnipeg-bred, Montreal-based artist Daniel Barrow uses obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives centering on the practices of drawing and collecting. Since 1993, he has created and adapted comic book narratives to ‘manual’ forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors. Barrow is the 2007 winner of Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award and the 2008 winner of the Images Festival’s Images Prize.