Here’s my submission for the Sorted Books Art Assignment. Since most of my books live elsewhere, I chose to do one self-portrait instead of a triptych. The stack reads:
Imagined Communities: My life as a fake Fangirl
I chose this combination to confront the idea of the “fake geek girl.” I’m a girl, a geek, and also as an academic of fandom, and I’m proud of it. In this stack, I liked the idea of positioning the perception of the fake fangirl against the reality of the inclusive imagined community of passionate fans.
(Kelsea, she, etc.)
In which we meet Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian in Lawrence, Kansas, at the former home of American writer William S. Burroughs (1914 - 1997). Nina takes us on her journey of sorting Burroughs’s book collection and challenges you to sort some books yourself!
Episode 13 Instructions:
1. Choose a person you know or would like to know better
2. Take a look at/through their library
3. Make 3 stacks of books to develop a portrait of the person
4. Upload it to your social media platform of choice using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be featured in a future episode)
And don’t forget to check out the rest of Nina’s Kansas Cut-Up series. They’re all great, and we only showed you a few.
Special thanks to The Lawrence Art Center, William Burroughs Communications, Yuri Zupancic, and Tom King, for the assistance in making Nina’s project and this episode happen.
Great book-related Art Assignment! Stack books to make portraits or poems of someone you know.
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