In this election-year editorial series for the Walker Art Center, I invited artists across disciplines to share their thinking on "lowercase p politics"—not the horserace of electoral politics, but the personal convictions about community, power, and participation that undergird their art and lives.
Interview subjects and topics include:
- Laurie Anderson on never-ending war
- Andrea Bowers on the history of reproductive choice
- Paul Chan on his book of Saddam Hussein's democracy speeches
- Jem Cohen on his Occupy Wall Street Newsreels
- Mitch Epstein and Paul Shambroom on American (electrical and political) power
- Fritz Haeg on his Edible Estates, a series of suburban front-yard gardens
- Cynthia Hopkins (with Republican meteorologist Paul Douglas) on climate change
- Erik van Lieshout on his video Homeland Security
- Trevor Paglen on The Last Pictures, photos of humanity he launched into space
- JoAnn Verburg on newspapers as portals into politics in her photography
- Eyal Weizman on architecture as political intervention
Press for Lowercase P: Artists and Politics
"Too many modern and contemporary art museums retreat into an apolitical bunker. ... I love this: In an effort to mark the political season, Walker Art Center web guru Paul Schmelzer has launched “Lowercase P: Artists & Politics” on the Walker’s website."
—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes, Sept. 6, 2012