Knoxville Museum of Art / 1050 World’s Fair Park Dr. January 26 - April 14th

Carmen Winant

Artist Carmen Winant’s large-scale collages and installations illuminate the often-invisible experiences of women, as well as feminist strategies for survival, revolt, and self-determination. She explores these themes through objects drawn from and inspired by the archives of Women in Transition (WIT) and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). * This exhibition includes depictions and descriptions of domestic violence.

“I am a photographer who no longer makes her own images. My work revisits and recontextualizes the feminist histories that preceded my own, reaching backward as an attempt to understand the space between our lived experiences, and the larger, if nuanced and sometimes contradictory, aims of women’s liberation. As such the found photographs that run throughout my work – integrated into books, installations, billboards, or discrete objects – are not evidence of a history, but in fact its very living residue. These projects, all of which work to unravel foreclosed histories, often take the form of ad hoc archives and pay particular interest to women’s power, pleasure, labor, and self-actualization. Lately, I’ve turned towards imagination, optimism, and joy as shared, necessary tools of the artist and the revolutionary.”

- Carmen Winant (December 2020)

Carmen Winant is an artist whose work utilizes installation and collage strategies to examine feminist modes of survival and revolt. Her work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Sandvika, Norway. Winant is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography (2019) and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2018). Winant holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.F.A. and M.A. from California College of the Arts. She is the Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art at The Ohio State University.