Suzy Halajian (USA) – independent curator and writer based in Los Angeles, and is currently the 2018-19 Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta, Portland. Her work begins at the intersection of art and politics, treating image making as steeped in colonial pasts and modern surveillance states. At Rupert she will develop the publication A grammar built with rocks, a research-based project co-curated by Shoghig Halajian including commissioned and existing text contributions and artists’ interventions. It presents artistic practices that trace the racialized and gendered relationship between bodies and land, and question narratives of socio-ecological crisis that contribute to the displacement and erasure of people. It also explores how the materiality of land permeates our identities and representational structures, and simultaneously molds the body.
Photo credit: Installation view of I can call this progress to halt at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, 2017. Courtesy of LACE. Photo: Christopher Wormald.