San Francisco, CA
For this iteration of In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, Allison Smith will collaborate with Christina Zetterlund, a craft and design historian and theoretician based at the Konstfack in Sweden. Smith first met Zetterlund during a recent residency in Stockholm and they discovered a shared interest in the politics of handcraft and its use in both progressive and conservative social movements. Conducted over a series of emails, shared texts, Skype sessions and in-person visits in Stockholm and San Francisco, their exchanges will explore the role of traditional craft in constructions of nationalism and processes of colonization, culminating in an installation that plays with conventions of period rooms and living history museums in which the viewer is implicated in the performance of identity.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.