Carmen Winant

Fire on World


In Fire on World, Carmen Winant showcases a series of object that have all had another previous existence: the slide projectors came used (having likely whizzed round thousands of times already); the slides themselves were all found, purchased and recovered. Carmen Winant is not the creator of any of the images, nor is she the first to have used them.

These series of images do not unfold as a single story. Rather, across projectors and hundreds of discrete images, they weave together multiple narratives. Ones of protest, of birth, of women’s legs, of the moon landing, of entire structures – little worlds – on fire. Together they perform a choreography that moves in and out of step with itself.

At times, one series of images lines up neatly and then falls away. Ultimately and when taken together, they add up to a larger picture of social unrest and dissent. The Watts riots and abortion rights protests, among other events, depict in frozen time a world agitated – in deep despair and yet unwilling to do away with hope. Burning it all down is another way of beginning.

Carmen Winant (San Francisco, 1983) is an artist and the Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art at the Ohio State University; her work utilizes installation and collage strategies to examine feminist modes of survival and revolt. Winant’s recent projects have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Sculpture Center, Wexner Center of the Arts, the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, and as part of the CONTACT Photography Festival, which mounted twenty-six of her billboards across Canada. Winant’s recent artist’s books include My Birth (2018) and Notes on Fundamental Joy (2019). She is a mother to her two sons, Carlo and Rafa, whom she shares with her partner Luke Stettner.

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