art is (Speaking Portraits)
61 ARTISTS IN VOL. I:
Marina Abramovic, Mac Adams, William Anastasi, Kathleen Anderson, David Antin, Eleanor Antin, Alain Arias-Misson, Arman, Richard Artschwager, Conrad Atkinson, SoHyun Bae, Bill Beckley, Susan Bee, Caroline Bergvall, Xu Bing, Dove Bradshaw, Nyame Brown, Linda Cassidy, Evelyna Domnitch, Thomas Eller, Jonathan Feldschuh, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jill Godmilow, Mahmoud Hamadani, Ann Hamilton, Jan Harrison, Pablo Helguera, Gary Hill, Heather Hutchison, Dorothee Joachim, Eva Karczag, Alex Katz, Alison Knowles, Stephen Korns, Yayoi Kusama, Pat Lipsky, Larry Litt, Brian Maguire, Chris Mann, Anthony McCall, Ann Messner, Larry Miller, Meredith Monk, Mamta Murthy, Nobuho Nagasawa, Monica Narula, Martin Lam Nguyen, Dennis Oppenheim, Eiko Otake, Tom Phillips, Isabela Prado, Praxis, Raquel Rabinovich, Carter Ratcliff, Dorothea Rockburne, Tim Rollins, Andra Samelson, Carolee Schneemann, Linda Schrank, Willoughby Sharp, Carl Skelton, Steve Tomasula, Cecilia Vicuña, Linda Weintraub, Monika Weiss, Katarina Wong, Ellen Zweig
44 ARTISTS IN VOL. II:
Marina Abramovic, Donna Alvarenga, Arman, Alan Baer, Domingo Barreres, Gina Belafonte, Louise Bourgeois, Nick Carone, Tony Conrad, Jim Costanzo, Jaime Davidowitz, Ted Denyer, Harun Farocki, Claudine Gossett, Shilpa Gupta, Gary Hill, David Hodge, Hi-Jin Hodge, Ione, Michael Joo, Hilja Keading, Stephen Korns, Yayoi Kusama, Ellen Levy, Winy Maas, Joy Mboya, Patrick Meagher, Larry Miller, Robert Morgan, Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel, Caroline Nderitu, Karyn Olivier, Dennis Oppenheim, Nilufer Ovalioglu, Osvaldo Romberg, Gale Sasson, Isaiah Seret, Kiran Fox Stoller, Javier Tellez, Maria Tomasula, Viswanadhan, Allan Wexler, Robert Wilson, Lawrence Wiener
art is / India: Speaking Portraits (47 min 55 sec) (2008/2012), is a collaboration between George Quasha and Mamta Murthy, filmed mainly in Mumbai and Delhi (plus Geneva, Switzerland and Wroclaw, Poland), presenting 24 Indian artists (painters, filmmakers, installation artists, photographers, performance artists, actors, directors, writers, poets, etc.) saying what, in their view, art is. (Vol. I, version 2)
Part of Quasha’s ongoing work called “art is / poetry is / music is” for which he has filmed over a thousand artists of all kinds in 11 countries (represented by several volumes at quasha.com), it was funded in part by Quasha’s 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship.
ARTISTS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:
Inder Salim, visual, performance artist; Shilpa Gupta, visual artist; Amar Kanwar, filmmaker; Arundhathi Subramaniam, poet, writer; Arun Kumar HG, visual artist; Mamta Murthy, filmmaker; Ranbir Kaleka, visual artist; Anuradha Kapur, theatre director; Vikram Kapadia, theatre; Konkona; Sen-Sharma, film actress; Shimit Amin, film director; Manisha Gera Baswani, painter; Kiran Nagarkar, writer; Monica Narula, visual artist; Ram Rahman, photographer; Vivan Sundaram, visual artist; Sheba Chhachhi, visual artist; Amitabh Kumar, visual artist; Anupam Sud, print maker; Rana Dasgupta, writer; Shakuntala Kulkarni, visual artist; Viswanadhan, painter; A Ramachandran, painter; Tyeb Mehta, painter
art is / East Africa: Speaking Portraits (29 min. 39 sec.) is a collaboration between George Quasha and Mamta Murthy for Quasha's ongoing work called art is / poetry is / music is and represented by several volumes here. This volume was also funded in part by Quasha's 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship, Mamta Murthy traveled and filmed in East Africa and in 2008 made the first edit in Mumbai (Bombay). This further edit includes these 26 artists.
IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:
Phillda Njau, photographer, musician (Nairobi); Bantu Mwaura, poet, writer (Kenya); Mumbi Kaigwa, actor (Nairobi); Andrew Njoroge, photographer, African colors (Nairobi); John Washika, acrobat, Sarakasi Trust (Nairobi); Joy Mboya, performer, arts administrator (Nairobi); Judy Kibenga, filmmaker (Nairobi); Farouque Abdella, textile/couture (Zanzibar); Kevin Odour, sculptor (Nairobi); Gakunju Kaigwa, sculptor (Nairobi); Tony Mboyo, puppeteer, (Kibera, Nairobi), Jack Omondi, puppeteer (Nairobi); Dayo Forster, writer (Gambia-Kenya); Elimo Njau, painter, sculptor, Paayapaa Gallery founder (Nairobi); Kuldeep Sondhi, playwright, (Mombasa, Kenya); Robert Ngoroma, dancer, musician (Bogamoyo, Tanzania); Aimee Ongeso Akinyi, poet, student (Nairobi); Joel Godiah, actor/director, teacher (Mombasa, Kenya); Tabitha Wa Thuku, visual artist, student (Nairobi); Caroline Nderitu, performance-poet (Nairobi); Elizabeth Orchardson Mazmi, visual artist, teacher (Nairobi); Jhiko Man, afro-reggae musician, Rastafarian (Zanzibar); Zein L’Abdin, Taraab music legend (Mombasa); Miriam Syowia Kyambi, visual artist (Nairobi); Patrick Mukabi, visual artist (Nairobi); Justus Kyalo, visual artist, dancer (Nairobi)
Note: artists speaking only Swahili have not be included in this version but will appear in a separate piece.
art is / Madrid-Complutense (52 min.) presents twenty-five artists—twenty-three studying as graduate students, one administrator, and one translator—at Complutense University of Madrid (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), where Gary Hill and I gave a workshop in 2006. I filmed all the artists in the course (including two auditors, the administrator, and the translator, also artists), each saying what art is in Spanish and in English (to the extent that they were able). This is one of many extensions of the art is project of which other volumes are posted here. [Video editing with Jenny Fox]
IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:
Fernando Baños, Miguel Ranilla, Lara García, Daniel Silvo, Esther Achaerandio, Patricia Sandonís, José L García, Miriam Rodríguez Lira, Irene Alvarez Sobresiela, María León Barquero, Esther Aldaz Brunetto, Ana Santibáñez Mtz. de Antoñama, Carlos Gil Carrasco, Sara Velázquez García, Ignacio Chávarri, Barbara Guillen Feltrer, Zuleyka Sánchez Bonilla, Guillermo Mora Pérez, Maggie Shirley, Penélope Thomaidi, Nazaret Vega Tasso, Stella Sestelo, Rosa María Sánchez Ossorio, Emma Ferguson, Blanca Fernandez.