Ashley Hunt

Ashley HuntArtist’s Statement

I am interested in how images, objects, maps, writing and performance can engage ideas and actions, including those of social movements, daily life and the disciplinary boundaries that separate our art worlds from the larger worlds in which they sit.

My work began by tracking the influence of economic and political contests upon our identities: Salt (1998) tracked my grandfather’s becoming a sailor, working along colonial trade routes; the Corrections Documentary Project (2001–07) looks to how “criminality” is molded to naturalize racial, class, gender and sexual hierarchies.

Collaboration in the making and/or distribution of a work is essential to me, so that it matters to constituencies beyond our art worlds, while forming new collective intelligences and temporary communities. On Movement, Thought and Politics, with Taisha Paggett (2006–ongoing), does so in relation to the body’s multiple intelligences and powers. 9 Scripts from a Nation at War (2007), with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Katya Sander and David Thorne, tracks these questions in the “War on Terror.” Communograph worked with artists and community members to map the history of Houston’s Third Ward.

My current project is a body of landscape photographs documenting spaces in which prisons sit throughout the 50 U.S. states and territories, looking at how prisons are camouflaged within our everyday perception and form an aesthetic of mass incarceration.



Select Solo Exhibitions from 2011–2015

With(out) Borders, Commission for Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Blackout (collaboration with Taisha Paggett), Three Walls Gallery, Chicago

Tyler University Art Gallery, Philadelphia
9 Scripts from a Nation at War (collaboration with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Katya Sander and David Thorne), Museum of Modern Art, New York

Communograph, Project Row Houses, Houston

Select Group Exhibitions from 2011–2015

Within, Curated by Chloë Flores, Art Gallery at Cypress College, Cypress, CA
Maintenance Required, The Kitchen/Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Sinopale 4, Biennale in Sinop, Turkey
Made in L.A. 2012: Los Angeles Biennial, Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Select Performances and Screenings

The Bindery Project, Minneapolis

Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia
Arika Performance Festival, Glasgow, Scotland

The New Museum, New York
Performa Biennial of Performance, Museum of Modern Art, New York 

Select Fellowships and Awards

Visual Artists Network Exhibition Grant, through the National Performance Network and Project Row Houses

New York Foundation for the Arts, Swing Space Fellowship

Fellow of the Vera List Center for Art & Politics

Ford Foundation, Social Justice Grant for Independent Media Production

Public Welfare Foundation, Independent Media Distribution Grant

Select Publication

“Dispersions,” interview with Ashley Hunt and Taisha Paggett, Native Strategies, Issue 4, 2014
“Anywhere and Everywhere: Translating Captivity,” To Shoot a Kite Exhibition Catalogue, Cue Art Foundation, 2014
Book review of Lane Relyea’s Your Everyday Artworld, X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly, 2014
“Dictatorship of an Audience,” The Second World Congress of Free Artists, 2013
“Treacherous Teachery and Arting and Art School,” written with Malene Dam, Shifter Magazine, 2013

Select Bibliography

Anthony Downey, Art & Politics Now, Published by Thames and Hudson, 2014
Chloë Flores, Within, 2013
Abigail Satinsky, Bad at Sports, “Social Practice Art’s Identity Crisis,” 2011
Eleanor Hartney, Art in America, 2010
Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times, 2009
Ian White, Afterall, 2008
Julia Bryan-Wilson, Art Forum, October 2007