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Conversation with Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Part of 9 Artists

Join Natascha Sadr Haghighian, featured in the exhibition 9 Artists, and exhibition curator Bartholomew Ryan for an informal conversation about SOLO SHOW, which debuted at the Museum of Modern Art Bologna in 2008, and will be featured in an exhibition at e-flux, New York, in November 2013.

This evolving project presents the work of fictitious artist Robbie Williams, renowned for his sculptural interventions, as a collaboration between Haghighian and the production firm mixedmedia Berlin. Led by Uwe Schwarzer, mixedmedia produces work for some of the most distinguished contemporary artists, successfully rendering in form their artistic desires. SOLO SHOW questions the nature of artistic authorship and the division of labor in art production, where the work of many collaborators becomes folded into one artistic persona—the solo artist, who becomes a marquee name even as he or she benefits from the creative energies of an army of workers.

In the context of the University of Minnesota, the conversation explores such questions as which tools and skills are required for a successful artistic career today? What metrics do we use to define such success? What is the nature of artistic authorship, and who owns the right to say a work is theirs? What is the relationship between craft and skill on the one hand, and a critical or conceptual approach to art on the other? And how do young artists navigate, contend with, or even challenge the evolving role of the artist in contemporary society and culture?

Haghighian will also talk about works in 9 Artists and ways that she attempts to navigate the complicities and complexities of making art today.

In conjunction with the exhibition opening weekend, Haghighian will present a performance in the Walker’s 9 Artists galleries on Saturday, October 26, at 4 pm.

Note: The conversation with Bjarne Melgaard, previously slated for October 25 at the University of Minnesota’s Regis Center for Art, will be rescheduled to a later period during the exhibition.


9 Artists is organized by the Walker Art Center.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is generously provided by Lisa and Pat Denzer and Audrey and Zygi Wilf.

The exhibition catalogue is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of Walker Art Center publications. Additional support is provided by Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Galerie Buchholz, and Marian Goodman Gallery.

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