AA on ASSID
AA Bronson on Art, Society, Sexuality and Identity
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Conversation in four chapters with Bart Rutten //
Artist, healer and curator AA Bronson is widely considered one of the most radical artists living today; a pioneer of conceptual and queer art. A founding member of the legendary art collective General Idea, over the course of the 80s and 90s he became known for his early involvement in punk, AIDS activism, independent publishing and radical education. Bronson’s work explores themes such as love, sexuality, violence, mourning and trauma through ritual performances as well as many other mediums, including the AIDS wallpaper in the collection of the Centraal Museum.
What has changed in the way his work is received, from the General Idea projects to his contemporary work? How has the meaning of Love changed over the last decades? How have developments in technology and media influenced the way we perceive and engage in intimacy, friendship, sexuality, relationships?
At the IMPAKT Festival 2021 Modern Love, AA Bronson will reflect on his work (spanning over four decades) and, in informal conversation with Centraal Museum director Bart Rutten, connect it to current developments, in four chapters: Art, Society, Sexuality and IDentity.
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Sholem Krishtalka, AA Bronson (2020). Oil on canvas. Collection of AA Bronson. Image courtesy of the artist
AA Bronson― Artist
AA Bronson (Vancouver, 1946) is an artist living and working in Toronto and Berlin. In the 1960s, he left university with a group of friends to found a free school, a commune, and an underground newspaper. In 1969, he formed the artists’ group General Idea with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal; for the next 25 years, they lived and worked together to produce the living artwork of being together. From 2004 to 2010, he was the Director of Printed Matter, Inc. in New York, founding the annual NY Art Book Fair in 2005. In 2009, he founded the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in New York. In 2013, he was the founding Director of Printed Matter‘s LA Art Book Fair. He has taught at the University of California in Los Angeles, the University of Toronto, and the Yale School of Art. AA Bronson holds many awards and three honorary doctorates. In 2008 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2011 he was named a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres by the French government.