Artist As Quarry

Malik, Suhail and Zolghadr, Tirdad. 2018. Artist As Quarry. In: Tara MacDowell; Aileen Burns and Jonah Lundh, eds. The Artist As... Berlin: Sternberg Press, pp. 49-73. ISBN 978-3-95679-275-5 [Book Section]

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A discussion between Tirdad Zolghadr and Suhail Malik that aims to help artists understand themselves as institutional actors within the field of art without defining this institutionalisation as an intellectual loss or strategic compromise. The contention is that artists who drop the guard of personal self-protection and cease to emphasise individual self-interest can now access the real prerogatives that contemporary art has to offer. In Zolghadr’s terms, the proposed move is from “quarry as victim” to “quarry as mine or reserve”; from the pathos of hunted prey to contemporary art as a resource to be mined collectively.

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Texts by Brook Andrew, Walter Benjamin, Heman Chong, Ekaterina Degot, Hal Foster, Helen Hughes, Helen Johnson, Isabel Lewis, Adam Linder, Suhail Malik, Tara McDowell, Emily Pethick, Terry Smith, Cecilia Vicuña, Tirdad Zolghadr


moral economy, artists, informal and formal Institutions, power, quarry, prey, extraction

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March 2018Published

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19 Sep 2018 11:59

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24 Jun 2021 18:58


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