Annie Simpson

 

Current Exhibitions: 

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

 

 

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. When viewed as a constellation, my projects 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. I work primarily via site/sight based investigation to make photographs, videos, sculptures, and interventions.

 

In the studio, I'm working on a video 'about' the Tatum Salt Dome (the only site East of the Rockies where we've detonated nuclear bombs, deep in a Mississippi pine plantation) and an experimental lecture on Atlanta's Krog Street Tunnel. I'm currently showing videos of footage of the GOLDEN RAY, a cargo ship which capsized off of the Georgia coast in 2019. It was declared a total loss, and salvage (removal/ remediation/ containment) is ongoing. These videos emerged from conversations with Vijay Rajkumar about what seemingly eternal perspectives might impose on contemporary conditions (our dependency on fossil fuels and the structures of global capital, to Moore’s law, nationhood and pandemics). 

 

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 and exhibition images available upon requestThis is a link to River Site Readings. Contact me at: asimps (at) protonmail (dot) com

 

I write for 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 here