ARTtalk: Artistic Surrogacy Panel Presentation

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Cara Hagan will join with Jennie Carlisle, Director of the Smith Gallery and faculty with the Art department at Appalachian State University and Wabwila Mugala both of whom are collaborating artists in the My Place, or Yours? exhibition. They will discuss the politics and practice of collaborative work employing the practice of artistic surrogacy.

Cara Hagan on Artistic Surrogacy

“Artistic Surrogacy is a method of sharing artistic concepts through performances, presentations, experiences and objects which are shared, i.e., one person’s (or several people’s ) ideas are placed in the hands of another (or a group) to be executed with care in the absence of the originator(s). While choreography is like this - where dancers are the vessel of the choreographer - Artistic Surrogacy is different, in that the work can take place between people of different training, different artistic genres, even. The goal of Artistic Surrogacy is to find creative ways of embodying and bringing to life ideas shared, with respect to differences in demographic, culture, training, geography, and lived experience of the collaborators. In essence, Artistic Surrogacy is a way of transmitting ideas across borders, across bodies, in ways that uphold the core values of the work, while leaving room for translational growth.

“At its core, Artistic Surrogacy is about access. Who has access to institutional spaces? Who has access to the capital necessary to create work? Who has access to the cultural capital it takes to be recognized in the art world? How can artists subvert the impact of institutional bias, geographical isolation, sexism, racism, ableism, geopolitics, distorted societal beliefs about value, economic imbalance, and a deteriorating environment due to ground and air travel, through their pursuits? Through their collaborations, female-identified, gender non-conforming, and queer brown, black, and white artists from various socio-economic backgrounds, who are inventers, storytellers, scholars, magic-makers, caretakers, chronically ill, disabled, able-bodied, formally and informally educated, institutionally recognized and unrecognized, traveled and untraveled, from our region, from across the United States, and the world, make the experience of the arts more democratic for themselves and their audiences.”

— Cara Hagan, Guest Curator, My Place or Yours?

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ARTtalks are talks led by visiting or exhibiting artists, scholars and practitioners. These talks provide deeper insight into creative practice, context for current exhibitions or contemporary issues shaping the world in which art is created, experienced and interpreted.

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