The New Social Environment#896

Pippa Garner

Featuring Garner and Fiona Duncan, with Laith A. Ayogu


4 p.m. Eastern / 1 p.m. Pacific

Artist Pippa Garner joins longtime collaborator and friend Fiona Duncan for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Laith A. Ayogu.

In this talk

Pippa Garner’s current and upcoming exhibitions:

$ELL YOUR $ELF at Art Omi,Ghent (June 24 – October 29, 2023) →

Pippa Garner: I’m With Me at OCD Chinatown, NY (September 22 – October 22, 2023) →

Act Like You Know Me at White Columns, NY (November 3 – December 16, 2023) →

Pippa Garner’s current and upcoming publications:

Better Living Catalog (Primary Information, 2023) →

Pippa Garner: $ELL YOUR $ELF (Pioneer Works Press, forthcoming October 2023) →

Pippa Garner: Act Like You Know Me (Bierke Verlag, forthcoming October 2023) →

Pippa Garner

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Pippa Garner is an artist and author based in Long Beach, California. For more than five decades her cross-disciplinary practice of drawing, performance, sculpture, photography, video, and installation has continued to push back against systems of consumerism, marketing, and waste. Recent solo exhibitions include, Act Like You Know Me at Kunstverein Munich (2022), Kunsthalle Zúrich (2023), and FRAC Lorraine, Metz (2023); Immaculate Misconceptions at JOAN, Los Angeles (2021) and Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento (2022); The Bowels of the Mind at STARS, Los Angeles and Jeffrey Stark, New York (both 2021); and A Shadow of My Future Self at O-Town House, Los Angeles (2019). Her solo exhibition $ELL YOUR $ELF, on view at Art Omi through October 29, 2023, premieres her latest conceptual car Haulin’ Ass! (2023) and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue co-published with Pioneer Works Press. In collaboration with Art Omi, Pippa Garner: I’m With Me opens at OCD Chinatown on September 22, 2023: a tattoo parlor featuring queer/trans tattoo artists who have chosen texts and drawings by Garner to inject directly into the skin of her biggest fans, and sartorial fan art by fashion house Eckhaus Latta. Her work will also be included in the Hammer’s Made in L.A., 2023 Biennial, Acts of Living, and the Yokohama Triennale, 2023. For its fourth stop, Act Like You Know Me will take place at White Columns in New York, NY from November 3-December 16, 2023; timed with the release of an accompanying monograph published by Bierke Books. Garner is the author of several books, including the Better Living Catalog, republished by Primary Information this year.

Fiona Alison Duncan

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Photo by Devan Diaz
Fiona Alison Duncan is a Canadian-American author and organizer. She is the co-curator of Act Like You Know Me, a touring retrospective of Pippa Garner’s work, launched at the Kunstverein München (Munich, Germany) in September 2022 with stops at the Kunsthalle Zürich (Zurich, Switzerland), FRAC Lorraine (Metz, France), and soon: White Columns (New York, NY, US)—opening November 3, 2023. An accompanying monograph co-edited by Duncan and Maurin Dietrich with contributions from Shola von Reinhold and Dodie Bellamy is forthcoming from Bierke Books in October 2023. Duncan is the LAMBDA award winning author of Exquisite Mariposa (Soft Skull, 2019) and the founder of Hard to Read, a literary social practice. Her experimental biography of Pippa Garner and her communities is in the works.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Laith A. Ayogu reading.

Laith A. Ayogu

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Laith A. Ayogu (b. Jos, Nigeria) is a New York based anti-disciplinary, performance artist, educator and writer. Arising from their studies of multimodal ethnography at Bard College, their work reckons with fraught fantasies of home, displacement and diaspora across the Black Atlantic. They are currently racked with the questions of whether the syllabus is a site and what force or imposition could sunder the subaltern? Their practice seeks out verse, movement and paroxysm to confront the confines of colonial (in)sanity and intelligibility. Their academic work has been published on Anthrodendum, in U Chicago’s Resources for improvised ethnographic tactics, and at Whitney Museum’s Stonewall 50th Anniversary. Their poetry can be found in Queer.Archive.Work’s Urgency Reader.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.