Artist Talk: Hannah Piper Burns

July 5, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join multimedia artist Hannah Piper Burns for a walk-through of her solo exhibition Venus Retrograde, which takes reality shows as the medium of her work. In particular, she uses episodes of The Bachelor and its spinoffs The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Through Burns’ use of editing, splicing, glitches, and repetition, she rips apart the seams of a stifling narrative to pull out pieces of the complications lying just beneath the highly stylized gloss, a patchwork of the banal and profound absurdities—of love and failure, of surveillance and spectacle—pulling the viewer into dream logic that is cinematic and intimate.


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Still from Hanna Piper Burns' "Your Host", 2017
Hanna Piper Burns (American, born 1984), still from Your Host, 2017, 3-channel video installation with sound. Courtesy of the artist.