Annie Simpson


Recent Exhibitions: 

Downsteam, The Athenaum, Athens, GA

Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More

collaboration with Vijay Rajkumar, Corridor Gallery at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia 

Shaping the Past

presented by Goethe-Instituts across North America between June and November 2021: Boston, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Montreal, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC


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

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



Annie Simpson is an artist and doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She works via sight-/site-based investigation to make videos, photographs, and essays. 


When viewed as a constellation, Simpson’s projects re-conceptualize “the planetary” via aesthetic explorations rooted in paradigmatic shifts in the way ecological and industrial connectivity/flows are constructed by and across spatial scales. She is focused, geographically, on the Southeastern United States and studies how the region plays a vital role in exporting land and labor relations and material practices globally, vis-a-vis the logics of the plantation. Recent projects include instances of nuclear spelunking in the deep South, passenger-traveller expeditions through watersheds of planetary energy transition, and various investigations of tunnels and financialization in Atlanta, capsized cargo ships off of the Georgia coast, and zones of migration/production struggle in the Lower Chattahoochee River Valley.

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I live between North Carolina and Cambridge, MA, USA. Portfolio, exhibition images, and CV are available upon request. Contact me at: anniesimpson (at) gsd (dot) harvard (dot) edu


I'm an ongoing contributor to Port Futures & Social Logistics, a speculative platform interested in port-city-hinterland geographies that connect circulation studies and struggles to planetary urban critique []. I received an MFA from the University of Georgia and a BFA from UNC-Chapel Hill. 


I often write for various outlets including ARTnews, where I'm interested in artists' processes, and I've contributed to 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. 


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