Artist Hans Haacke joins Brooklyn Rail contributor Yasi Alipour for a virtual conversation.
For six decades, Hans Haacke (b. Cologne, Germany, 1936) has been a pioneer in kinetic art, environmental art, Conceptual art, and institutional critique. He has had solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York (2019, 1986); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2012); and MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA (2011, 1967); among others. He has participated in international exhibitions including documenta, Kassel (2017, 1997, 1987, 1982, 1972); Lyon Biennial (2017); Venice Biennale (2015, 2009, 1993, 1976); Liverpool Biennial (2014); and others. He won the prestigious Golden Lion (shared with Nam June Paik) at the Venice Biennale in 1993. Haacke has lived and worked in New York since 1965.
Iranian artist, writer, and folder Yasi Alipour currently lives in Brooklyn and wonders about paper, counting, and silence. She received her MFA from Columbia University and is a faculty member at Columbia, Parsons and SVA, New York.
The conversation concludes with a poetry reading by Orchid Tierney, a poet and scholar from Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Y22 Individual Artist Excellence Award and is the Black Earth Institute Fellow for 2022–25. She is an assistant professor of English at Kenyon College.