Announcement of 2012 Makers Muse Recipients
• JIBZ CAMERON • MIRANDA JULY • JOSH MACPHEE • CARLOS MOTTA •
•NOVA RUTH • MARJANE SATRAPI • FARDIN WAEZI •
Through the use of video, graphic novels, performance, writing, installation, web projects, design, archiving, music, and photography, the 2012 awardees all have a profoundly interdisciplinary edge to them. Tackling issues from justice to sexuality, uprisings to economy, these individuals will surely galvanize and provoke you.
Miranda July is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. July wrote, directed and starred in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. Miranda July’s most recent film is The Future (2011). Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You (Scribner, 2007), won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty countries. Her latest book, a work of non-fiction, is entitled It Chooses You (McSweeney’s, 2011).
July created the participatory website, learningtoloveyoumore, with artist Harrell Fletcher and a companion book was published in 2007 (Prestel); the work is now in collection of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Eleven Heavy Things, the interactive sculpture garden she designed for the 2009 Venice Biennale, was most recently on view in Union Square in New York and presented by MOCA in Los Angeles. Raised in Berkeley, California, she currently lives in Los Angeles.
Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, activist, and archivist. He is a member of both the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative (Justseeds.org) and the Occuprint collective (Occuprint.org). He is the co-author of Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now, co-editor of Signal: A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture, and he recently co-founded the Interference Archive, a public collection of cultural materials produced by social movements (InterferenceArchive.org).
Carlos Motta (b. 1978, Bogotá, Colombia) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, and identities. Motta’s work has been individually presented in venues such as New Museum (2012); Performa 11 (with Julieta Aranda), New York (2011); Museo de Arte del Banco de la República Bogotá (2010); Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin (2010); MoMA/PS1, New York (2009); Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia (2008); Art in General, New York (2008); and in international group exhibitions at Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011); Serralves Museum, Porto (2010); National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2010); San Francisco Art Institute (2010); CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson (2009); and “X Biennale de Lyon” (2009); Creative Time (2008), New York; among others. Motta is currently working on a large-scale performative event in collaboration with Matthias Springer, co-commissioned by Electra Productions and Tate Modern, which will premiere in February 2013 at Tate Modern, London. He is also co-organizing with Oliver Ressler the exhibition and conferences “Absolute Democracy” as part of Steirischer Herbst in Graz in September 2012. Motta is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program and was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2008. He is part of the faculty at Parsons The New School of Design and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.
Photo: Kirill Kotov (Instagram: Kirill69kotov)