Jeanne van Heeswijk, “On Belongings and the Politics of Relation”
Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local.” Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organising and pedagogy in order to assist communities to take control of their own futures.Her work has been featured in publications worldwide, as well as internationally renowned biennials including those in Liverpool, Shanghai, and Venice. She is known for works such as Academy of Staged Happiness (2016), Public Faculties Series (2008-ongoing) and Freehouse – Radicalizing the Local (2007-ongoing). Van Heeswijk has has received the 2014-2015 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College and the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.
The lecture is hosted by Art, Design, and the Public Domain MDes program and is part of a three-days workshop on Safe Spaces and Sanctuaries by Jeanne Van Heeswijk.