Annie Simpson 

 

July 2021: “Monuments for the Interim 24,000 years,” essay for Southern Cultures

December 8, 2020: Review for ARTnews, Memor Makes Homewares for Holding Memories

October 5, 2020: Virtual Artist Talk for Disarticulate Ground, 7pm. Meeting ID:  997 2607 8394

September 4, 2020: OPENING, Disarticulate Ground, solo exhibition in the Suite Gallery, Lamar Dodd School of Art (UGA)

April 24, 2020: announcement, Shaping the Past (book & upcoming fall 2021 exhibition; thanks to Monument Lab, Goethe-Institut, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung)

April 10, 2020: “Strange Boat”, Broun Fund Award 

full news archive here

 

I'm an un-disciplined artist imagining markers/wayfinders (tactical public history) for landscapes which complicate our understanding of the American “South” as a territory during and within the "Plantationocene." This is to say that my projects, when viewed as a constellation, begin to conceptualize our current geological epoch against and through the logics of the plantation (violently differentiated life, uneven development, environmental degradations, social dislocations and atomization) at a planetary scale. As I'm particularly concerned with the existing aesthetic limitations of how we represent ‘history’ and duration, I'm increasingly looking at entanglements between mirages of the "Old South" and contemporary colonial economies locked in through corporate or imperial relationships. I work primarily via site/sight based investigation to make photographs, videos, sculptures, and interventions.

 

I live between North Carolina and Athens, GA, where I’m an instructor and MFA candidate in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia.

 

You can download my CV here. Portfolio available upon request. This is a link to River Site Readings. Contact me at: asimps (at) protonmail (dot) com

 

In the past, I’ve worked on documentary projects about coal ash, designed historic marker proposals, faced the construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline by walking entire sections of it, constructed guerrilla monuments, written about the aesthetic challenges of nuclear waste, performed counter-tours of historic house museums to center the lives of the people enslaved there, and used net art & legal loopholes to force an institution to host websites dedicated to publicizing its repression of student activism.

 

I’ve contributed to ARTnews and Found Review, a publication for art criticism using only found materials, I was a 2019 National Fellow (as part of Take Action Chapel Hill collective) with Monument Lab, and I’ve worked on projects supported by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Some of my work is available through Printed Matter [here].