Through the agency of photography, video, printmaking, painting, performance, sculpture and site-specific installation, the artwork of Craig Havens explores alternate perspectives on public monuments, personal archives and national memorials in order to activate and reform their intended relevance.
Havens' work observes the space in which monumental systems of representation break down – effectively disembodying the monument and allowing it to traverse space and time.
Initially inspired by joining the experience of art with the everyday, his work incorporates common and uncommon sources of input such as fantasy, hearsay, folk tradition, rumors, academic research and personal reflections.
Havens lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Los Angeles, California.
Work has been exhibited internationally at venues among others such as the Weserburg-Museum für moderne Kunst in Bremen/Germany, Art Basel in Basel/Switzerland, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp/Belgium, the Armory Biennial in Los Angeles/California, the Nanjing International Biennale in Nanjing/China, the Sariev Contemporary Gallery in Sofia/Bulgaria, the Heritage Arts Space in Hanoi/Vietnam, the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg/South Africa, the Brugge Triennale in Brugge/Belgium and Galerie Andreas Schmidt in Berlin/Germany.
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