Vanessa Gravenor: The Learning and Unlearning of Violence

Gravenor presents part of the Performance Lecture, “The Learning and Unlearning of Violence” (2019), which talks about the search for archives of Pashto and Dari propaganda school books financed by USAID and the American Endowment for Democracy from the CIA Operation Cyclone. Gravenor also screens parts of the video, This Weapon Drags Like a Boomerang (2018), which talks about the same CIA/ISI (Central Intelligence Agency and Inter Service Intelligence) Operation and visualizes how violence moves by following weapons.

Vanessa Gravenor is a writer and artist living in Berlin. She received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis (2014) and her MFA from Universität der Künste under the direction of Hito Steyerl (2018). She was a DAAD Fellow between October 2015 and December 2016. As an artist, she conducts research around cybernetics, trauma, biopolitics, and war using video and installation methodologies. Her art criticism has been published by ArtMargins, ArtSlant, Sleek, n. paradoxa, Temporary Art Review, and Blok Magazine. She was an assistant editor for the book The Proxy and Its Politics (Archive Books, 2017). Her art work has been shown at Babylon, Berlin (Germany), VBKÖ, Vienna (Austria), u-jazdowski castle, AIR laboratory, Warsaw (Poland), Galeria Miejska Arsenał, Poznan (Poland), Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Florence (Italy), and Woman Made, Chicago (US), with upcoming presentations at the Park Avenue Armory NYC (US) in the Public Program of Drill and at nGbk Berlin (Germany) in the exhibition Up in Arms.


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