Brittany Laurent (b. 1992, Texas).
I'm an interdisciplinary artist who mainly works with photography, writing, books, found objects, and installation. By applying a literary and often metaphorical language, I create private moments produced by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal.
I’m presently interested in examining the condition of autobiography as a social medium in our contemporary cultural moment. Can an identity be determined, understood or transferred by the information it consumes or produces? My most recent project, Caverns of the No-Life, serves as a monument to this increasingly virtual phenomenon and investigates the fragmentation and degradation of the autobiographical self when an attempt at translation is made. The cavern functions as a space in which exploratory, critical forms of interiority can be both mined and curated. Through a series of textual and visual fragments, the work searches for an appropriate means of life logging that can somehow avoid the complicity of indexicality, transparency, and identity in a hyper-accelerated information economy. I’m interested in work that operates as an inquiry into the roles that knowledge, authorship, writing, reading, translation, memory, time, physicality and empathy play in the construction and deconstruction of an authentic self.
My research is primarily influenced by Clarice Lispector, Hélène Cixous, Hito Steyerl, Erika Doss, Jen Bervin, Roni Horn and Jenny Holzer.
I currently live and work in Chicago.
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