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June 04, 2007

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics


9 Scripts from a Nation at War + Martha Rosler

[Image: “9 Scripts from a Nation at War,” 2007, Video still] The Vera List Center for Art and Politics is pleased to mark a presence at Kassel, Germany, this summer with several works by Martha Rosler, member of the Vera List Center’s Advisory Committee and 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, 2007, a video project by the 2006/2007 Vera List Center Fellows: David Thorne, Katya Sander, Ashley Hunt, Sharon Hayes, Andrea Geyer :: All are to be presented in an international exhibition in the city of Kassel, held from June 16- September 23, 2007.

“9 Scripts” investigates the idea of the individual as defined by and through the expectations and exigencies of society and politics, specifically in the context of the American war in Iraq. Within continuously shifting perspectives, the work is essentially structured around a central question: How does war construct specific positions for individuals to fill, enact, speak from, or resist.

Martha Rosler’s works will include “Kassel Gardens (from the Perspective of a Mole)” (2007), as well as “The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems” (1975/76), “Hothouse (Harem)” (c. 1975), and “Flower Fields (Color Field Painting)” (1975). They will be displayed in various venues and parks in Kassel and present views of landscape and the natural world invested with history, beauty, metaphor, and subversion.

“9 Scripts from a Nation at War” was developed, in part, during a Vera List Center Fellowship at The New School, New York, with support from the American Art Foundation, the Danish Arts Foundation and the Swing Space Program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School advances the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the socio-political climate in which they are created. It organizes public programs that respond to pressing social and political issues of our time as articulated by the academic community and visual and performing artists. The center complements the university’s educational mission and brings together scholars and students, the people of New York, and national and international audiences to explore new modes and possibilities for civic engagement.

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics
The New School
66 West 12th Street, room 903
New York, NY 10011

Posted by jo at June 4, 2007 01:03 PM