Even though it started as a spatial composition within the context of I Am A Curator exhibition , Support Structures came out to be “a manual for what bears, sustains, props, and holds up. It is a manual for those things that encourage, give comfort, approval, and solace; that care for and provide consolation and the necessities of life. It is a manual for that which assists corroborates, advocates, articulates, substantiates, champions, and endorses; for what stands behind, underpins, frames, presents, maintains, and strengthens. Support Structures is a manual for those things that give, in short, support.”
What looks interesting to me, especially in relation to the mission and activities of the e-collective, is that this project came out from the collaboration of an artist and a curator within a space that is fundamentally different from that of the exhibition space (where meaning and values are addressed and organised visually). Being this a manual, the type of collaboration needed to give form to the Support Structures project consisted of discussions, session of individual writing and of collective editing, according to a cycle that respects both the autonomy of any art practice but that also wants to outline art’s inherently political nature. Which is exactly what I would like to do in the context of the e-collective website.
Reflecting upon this past project of her while discussing with Eastside project curator Gavin Wade, recently published on CURA. magazine [Issue 20, Fall 2015, page 80-83], the artist beautifully explains her methodology of working by saying: “What matters to me is that taking up display, or support, as the place to speak from offers the possibility to develop work that is relevant to both the discourse on objects and the discourse on containers. It is a possible way to address the conundrum in which art discourse finds itself in relationship to ideology critique (thinking or doing), a way to dedicate an art practice to reconnecting two things, that as Martin Beck says are understood at opposite ends of the spectrum: form and the social.