Part of the Distinguished Visiting Artist Program
Josephine Pryde is an artist who lives in London, and in Berlin where she has been Professor for Contemporary Photography at the University of the Arts since 2008. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery, London; MD72, Berlin; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York and Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles. Group shows include “Films & Filming”, organised by David Lieske at Bischoff Projects, Frankfurt, “Madame Realism”, Marres Centre for Contemporary Art, Maastricht, and “The J.G. Ballard Centre for Psychopathological Research presents: ‘Zodiac 3000’ ” at the International Project Space, Birmingham.
Her practice employs a continuous shuttling between the generic technical conditions of culture and the image, and the irreducibly singular – that for which no prior decision (or strategy) can be applied. As part of the Distinguished Visiting Artist Program at UBC’s Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Pryde will be giving a public lecture about her work, which is free and open to the public.
SB: In your exhibition Brains & Chains, you refer to Eva Hesse, amongst other things. If I have understood you correctly, what you’re concerned with here is the “model swot”, above all the one embodied by women artists who could be, or who are, established in the art business.
JP: Yes. I got interested in working with my own embarrassment.
SB: In what way?
JP: Well, then I would really have to say some really very embarrassing things.
SB: There is no embarrassment that we can’t handle here.
JP: Yes, I think there is.
— Excerpt from “The Desire to Desire,” a conversation between Josephine Pryde and Sabeth Buchmann: http://www.reenaspaulings.com/JP.desire.pdf
Rhea Anastas’s review, Material Holes: On Josephine Pryde at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, published in Texte zur Kunst, March 2010: