Camel Collective – 2022 Cornell Biennial


Gated Commune

Gated Commune is a video informed by Camel Collective’s interest in the language of sustainable development, global metabolic processes, and the planning of the built environment. Footage is drawn from an archive of still and moving images harvested from online sources, and the voiceover consists of a hypothetical account of two future tendencies in architecture and the social behaviors that the built environment generates and reinforces. In making this video we were interested in how to interlink issues of sustainable development and the anthropocene, and the fallible though hopeful human elements of planned environments. The work allows us to consider the human tendency to “innovate” our way out of trouble, and to remind ourselves of the political underdetermination of emerging technologies, the politics of which can only be born out imperfectly and through practice. The English monologue is spoken by Amanda Turner Pohan and the sound mix is arranged by Nate Harrison.

Camel Collective (United States)

Anthony Graves (b. 1975, South Bend, IN) and Carla Herrera-Prats (b. 1973–d. 2019, Mexico City) have worked together as Camel Collective since 2010. Graves and Herrera-Prats’ projects are motivated by research on social production and human labor, marginal histories, and critical pedagogies. Camel’s work in video, sculpture, performance, and photography think through the contradictions of contemporary labor and the myths of cultural production, bringing together collaborators from a variety of professions and disciplinary backgrounds.

Camel Collective has exhibited and performed at museums and galleries including Landmarks, UT Austin, Texas (2020) The Queens International 2018: Volumes, NYC (2018); MUAC, Mexico City (2017); REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Trienal de Artes Frestas, Sesc, Sorocaba, Brazil (2015); Bard Hessel Museum, Annendale-on-Hudson, New York (2014); Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2013); Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan, Puerto Rico (2012); Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2011); and Aarhus Kunsthalle, Denmark (2010). Camel has also exhibited at Ulterior Gallery, Black Ball Projects, and Parque Galería, Artist’s Space, Art in General, and Exit Art among other venues. 

Camel Collective has held residencies at Smack Mellon (2019–2020), Casa Wabi (2018), Pioneer Works (2017) and Fieldwork Marfa (2013), and received numerous grants and awards including Fundacíon Jumex, Queens Council for the Arts, Rema Hort Mann ACE Award, and the Danish International Visual Artists Award and Residency (DIVA). Camel is represented in New York by Ulterior Gallery.

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