Assume Nothing: New Social Practice
January 30 – May 24, 2009
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, Canada
Photo: Bob Matheson and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
This exhibition hosts 115 days of art, including sculpture, video-documentation, drawings, films, performances, actions, networks, sound works, and a theatrical performance, exploring the expanding field of socially engaged art. What unites the disparate projects in this exhibition is their ability to challenge the traditional relationship between art and society. In the 60s, art intersected the social and political landscape, addressing local issues ranging from public protest to sculptural installations that responded to a particular site. In Assume Nothing, the artists investigate human relations and their social context as their starting point. An international selection of 16 individuals and collectives includes work from across media in four distinct social economies: North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Cuba. Projects will be located at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and throughout the downtown core in Victoria.
Artists/Collectives: Mowry Baden, John G Boehme, Mark Dion, Jamie Drouin, Harrell Fletcher, Instant Coffee, Runa Islam, Nils Norman, Annie Pootoogook, Rene Francisco Rodriguez, Superflex, Jackson 2bears, Andrea Walsh, Robert Wise, Haegue Yang, and Artur Zmijewski.
Press release, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2009