QUINN LATIMER (US)
Residency period: September-October 2023
Quinn Latimer is an art critic, poet, essayist, editor, performer and occasional curator whose work often considers technologies of gender, language, ecology and artistic practice. Born in California and based in Basel and Athens, she is the author of Like a Woman: Essays, Readings, Poems (Sternberg Press, 2017), Sarah Lucas: Describe This Distance (Mousse, 2013), and Rumoured Animals (Dream Horse Press, 2012). Her writings have been published in Artforum, Bookforum, The Paris Review and Texte zur Kunst, and she regularly contributes essays and poems to museum catalogues and artist books. She is the editor of many books, including Amazonia: Anthology as Cosmology, with Kateryna Botanova (Sternberg Press, 2021), Simone Forti: The Bear in the Mirror, with Roos Gortzak (Walther König, 2019), The documenta 14 Reader, with Adam Szymczyk (Prestel, 2017), and Pamela Rosenkranz: No Core (JRP Editions, 2012). She was editor-in-chief of publications for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel. She is now Head of the MA at Institut Kunst Gender Natur in Basel, where she organises, with Chus Martinez, a semi-annual symposia series on questions of gender, nature, epistemology and practice.
During her residency, Latimer will devote herself to research and writing phases for a new book that slips between genres – auto-theory, art criticism, oral history, parable, poetry, film script – to explore the poetics of exposure and transmutations of form, environment, self and solidarity. Engaging decolonial feminist art practices, the book traces technologies of voice, performance and place, all alongside a historical body of water and the human and nonhuman spirits that have long crossed it. The unique conditions of La Becque – and the exceptional and almost effortless way it underlines the falsity of any nature/culture binary or divide – will reflect the ideas and worlds of the book, even if the surface of those worlds could not appear more different.