Through her performances, Andrea Fraser (Billings, Montana, 1965) examines the social, economic, and emotional structures of the art world. She turns her critical, self-reflexive, and somewhat ironic gaze on different agents in the art field and analyses their roles, motivations, and contradictions. Fraser’s career has been linked to institutional critique from the outset, and her influences include psychoanalysis, feminism, and the theories of Pierre Bourdieu. Appropriation, site specific pieces, performance and body work are some of the strategies Fraser uses to expose the incongruities of the art world while also harnessing its full critical and political potential.

SON[I]A talks to Andrea Fraser about the challenges and limitations of cultural activism, about the sub-fields of art, the relationship between artists and the market, and the museum in the neoliberal era.

Timeline
01:20 Museums in times of Neoliberalism. The American model versus the European model
06:15 The subfields of art
09:41 Artists in the art market
12:32 Political art, cultural activism and social practice. Challenges and contradictions
18:57 Encounters, discourses and radical gestures
22:10 “Untitled” (2003). Beyond the scandal
25:40 The psychological in the framework of the social
29:54 Towards an Institutional analysis

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