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Artwork by Jeannie Simms
1974 in California
Photographs and video, 2005
Artwork by Jeannie Simms
Readymaids (Domestic workers in training in Java, Indonesia)

Jeannie Simms received an Art Matters grant in 2008. Her works have screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (06), Courtisane Video and New Media Festival in Belgium (06), the ICA in London (02), the ARS Electronica Center in List Austria (03), Kunstbuero in Vienna, Austria (03), the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (04), the Alternative Film Center in Belgrade, Serbia and Montengro (03), Los Angeles County Exhibitions (LACE, 05), the MIX festival in New York (02, 03), the Eighth Biennial in Havana, 4D project in Havana, Cuba (03) and during a solo show at the OHT Gallery in Boston (04). She holds an MFA from UC Irvine and is on the graduate and photography faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She live/works between Brooklyn and Cambridge.

Artist statement

I don't distinguish between local and global subjects, but look at circumstance in interrogating ideologies around subject formation and environment: the remarkable number of shifting epistemological frameworks that construct individuals and groups in contemporary culture. I rely on research and writings from cultural studies, experimental fiction/non-fiction and art, photo and film history to help stage questions like: who are you? What do you have to say?

Often using historical works from art and culture (Ingmar Bergman's "Persona," Johannes Itten and Bauhaus, Jean Genet's the Maids) to probe the distinguishing facets of canonical works more deeply, or as tools to understand contemporary contexts, I've also used discarded photographs, speech, my own body, interviews, photography, video, sculpture and performance to create works of art.