Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Andrea Bowers

The Weight of Relevance

Andrea Bowers. The Weight of Relevance , 2007.

Description:
“The Weight of Relevance,” a three-channel video projection, continues my investigation into the intersection of activism and aesthetics by combining documentary style interviews with slow moving still-life shots of the Aids Memorial Quilt in storage. It concentrates on the current status of the Aids Memorial Quilt, the largest piece of folk art in the world, and on the people who maintain and display this monumental cultural artifact, now over 54 tons of fabric. The AIDS Memorial Quilt’s committed staff (once a staff of 52, now just 10) try to find an equilibrium between preserving a cultural artifact and using an iconic activist tool . No quilt is shown unfolded in the video - reflecting the re-silencing of the names and the pandemic as the demographics of the disease change and the quilt fades from the public eye.

Medium:
Video

Tags:
video, installation, activism, AIDS Memorial Quilt

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Images
Diabloblockade, Diablo Nuclear Power Plant, Abalone Alliance, 1981Detail of "Still Life of The AIDS Memorial Quilt in Storage (Blocks 4336-4340)"  Vieja Gloria (video still)Eulogies to One and Another (Installation view)Defense of NecessityVows (Goldman, Emma. "Marriage and Love." New York: Mother Earth Publishing Association, 1910.)Letters to the Army of Three and Letters to an Army of Three (Installation view)

Videos
Letters to an Army of ThreeThe Weight of Relevance Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training

Location
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Contact
assistant@vielmetter.com

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