Mandy Morrison

Mandy Morrison, Ridgewood, Queens, NY 2021

Mandy Morrison’s process explores how the body projects itself in varying contexts.  Her  particular  focus is on physicality; its expression, and how it’s capacity for agency and mobilization is affected by colonized or corporatized structures.

With a practice that straddles between Baltimore and New York, she generates projects that link capital and control with the politics of movement. Her interest derives from a body’s meaning, in having different forms of entitlement to public, private and mediated space. Over the years, her collaborative efforts with video and performance engage with architectural environments and include, dancers, youth groups, and local community participants. Her works have been performed, exhibited and screened internationally at festivals, galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Dixon Place (NYC), the Kunstlerhaus e.V., Hamburg, CINESONIKA in Vancouver, and the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture in Baltimore.

Grants, fellowships and residencies include the Illinois Arts Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Sacatar Institute in Bahia, Brazil. A distinguished educator she has been faculty at Pratt Institute and Rutgers University, and a visiting artist at Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, and SUNY Oswego.

In the summer of 2021 she is performing with other artists in the work of Maja Bekan (Netherlands/Serbia) in “Hold It Together (We Have Each Other)” at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in Brooklyn, NY developed over 2020 during Covid.

She is a 2021 recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Tree of Life Foundation.

The book mentioned in the interview is Underland: A Deep Time Journey, by Robert Macfarlane.

Housekeeping (Video Still) 2018 Single-channel video installation with audio Dimensions: 9’5” x 16′ Duration: 01:46 (loop)
Spirits of Promise and Loss, 2020 (Installation view) Six-channel video installation with audio Dimensions: 4’ x 40’ Duration: 02:31 (loop)
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  1. […] Mandy Morrison spoke to us from Brooklyn in mid-June. At the time she was busy with multiple projects. When lockdown began, she had just responded to a call from an artist in residence who had only been involved in residency for two weeks when things shut down. The artist was looking for collaborators over Zoom. Morrison became one for a year, meeting every few weeks to talk to the artist in residence and others. Morrison had been preparing for a show that was subsequently delayed, which gave her a perfect opening to join the collaboration. A few months before speaking with us, she had finally met with her collaborator in person and was rehearsing to open their performance the following week. The collaborators were all women, one of whom was a physician working in the hospital during the pandemic. The group spoke about many things, and through this organic process, a show began to emerge. In addition to this, Morrison, who completed a residency in Brazil a few months before the pandemic, had just received a grant to help her compile film shot during her time there into a film. To hear more about her work, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Mandy Morrison spoke to us from Brooklyn in mid-June. At the time she was busy with multiple projects. When lockdown began, she had just responded to a call from an artist in residence who had only been involved in residency for two weeks when things shut down. The artist was looking for collaborators over Zoom. Morrison became one for a year, meeting every few weeks to talk to the artist in residence and others. Morrison had been preparing for a show that was subsequently delayed, which gave her a perfect opening to join the collaboration. A few months before speaking with us, she had finally met with her collaborator in person and was rehearsing to open their performance the following week. The collaborators were all women, one of whom was a physician working in the hospital during the pandemic. The group spoke about many things, and through this organic process, a show began to emerge. In addition to this, Morrison, who completed a residency in Brazil a few months before the pandemic, had just received a grant to help her compile film shot during her time there into a film. To hear more about her work, listen to the complete interview. […]