the artist's biography
June  15 - 18, 2017
toronto art book fair, Toronto

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A BIOGRAPHY IS WRITTEN BY EVERYONE ELSE BUT THE ARTIST THEMSELVES? USING THE ARTIST BIO AS A FORMAT, TERESA AVERSA LOOKS TO EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF THE ARTIST BIOGRAPHY, SELF-PROMOTION AND THIS FORM OF WRITING THAT IS UBIQUITOUS WITHIN THE ART WORLD. IT IS OFTEN A BORING AND BENIGN THING, WHICH mostly GETS OVERLOOKED WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF AN EXHIBITION. THE ARTIST BIO BECOMES A TOKEN OR MARKER OF ONES ACCOMPLISHMENT AND A RESUME THAT IS SUPPOSED TO SUM UP ONE’S ENTIRE ART PRACTICE.

HOW DOES ONE DISTILL A LIFE’S WORK INTO 250 WORDS? HOW DOES ONE MAKE THE SENTENCES PITHY ENOUGH THAT THE VIEWER WILL READ THE WHOLE THING? HOW DOES ONE DISTILL ALL THE NUANCES AND MANIAS’ AN ARTIST EXPERIENCES INTO A FEW PARAGRAPHS?

IN THIS CASE –  TERESA AVERSA SENT OUT A CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS ASKING OTHER PEOPLE TO WRITE IT FOR HER. 22 PEOPLE RESPONDED.

LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
(IN ORDER OF THEIR SUBMISSIONS)

DAVID HANES
MIKE WARD
IVONA KUCEROVA
COLEMAN YOUNG
KARLA HEWITT-BLACKIE
NICK KOZAK
LINO JEAN
RAJNI PERERA
FARHIA MOHAMMED
JESS SANCHEZ
CAITLIN KEELEY
GAVIN WHELEHAN
AMY POULIOT
DARLENE HUYNH
SANDRA ALCOCER
CATHY CARNOVALE
JABARI ELLIOTT
SARAH GLADKI
ROHAN RAMSAY
JUSTIN XAVIER
ELISA GILMOUR
LINDSEY CEPEK
TERESA AVERSA

9" X 6" PERFECT BOUND BOOK.

Available for purchase here