Entry Points: The Vera List Center Field Guide on Art and Social Justice, No. 1
Published by Duke University Press and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, New York
Edited by Carin Kuoni and Chelsea Haines
Designed by Project Projects
The Book is the true culmination of the first biennial Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics cycle. Conceived as an affordable guide to the vibrant field of politically engaged art practices, ‘Entry Points’ is divided into two sections. The first provides a global map of the field where art and social justice intersect, highlighting the twenty-two international projects that were the semi-finalists for the prize.
Curator/ art critic and current director of ACSL Susanna Gyulamiryan and artist Karen Andreassian are among the semi-finalists for the prize with artistic and textual contribution of the project ‘Ontological Walkscapes’. The second part is dedicated to Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Projects, for which he received the inaugural Verla List Center Prize.
The book is the perfect reader for students, theorists, scholars, art professionals and the public interested in art, urbanism, aesthetics, human rights, and social justice. The book can be ordered through the Duke University Press website (www.dukeupress.edu/entry-points).
‘These projects are without fear, full of courage and ethical commitment. Different from traditional activist practices, they are acts for civic engagements. They are not about occupying space, but about producing contexts that enable assembly where artists re0insert themselves, often without resources or infrastructures. But they have a democratic element that other people can draw from. This work aspires to create an analytical context. It is not about bringing solution. We are doing work together. This book in particular is a teaching project tying the values of education and social justice. Connecting those pedagogical values and ideas with the production of artists in invaluable.’ – Okwui Enwezor