This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Kelvin Haizel.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
My current practice investigates the contemporary condition of the image. The body of work produced over the past two years allows the object-of-an-image to poke through the surface of the picture to assert its equality. And by so doing it rebels against its utilitarian service in the picture/object composite of the image sanctioned by the current norm.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
To affectively use reason in the public interest.
Untitled: Spontaneous Memorials, Antwemamena (on the Accra- Kumasi road), 2016, Digital photograph
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
I made a silent covenant with God when I was 15 and we both honored our end of the bargain. I became an artist consequent to that.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
I would love to literally connect the four Islands of the Comoros archipelago with a single rope.
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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(Image at top: Untitled for now: Memory, Fiction, Religion…, 2015, Plaster of Paris casts on construction net, Site-specific installation at the Ussher Fort Prisons that calls into question the basis of religious belief systems as a colonial vestige)