Carmen Winant’s artistic practice is informed by her training as a long-distance runner, in which self-discipline, endurance, repetition, and management of the body were key elements. Her work considers the ways in which images of women are consumed and for what audience they are produced, and how identity and self can become torn from such images over time and repeated exposure. How to Remain Human features a selection of her works, including A World Without Men, a massive wall collage constructed from an archive of magazine clippings. The title calls back to Feminist Separatist movements of the 1970s, when some women advocated for female-only societies. Some images are clipped from books on puberty designed to teach young girls about their changing bodies, while many of the advertisements, movie posters, and pin-ups in the piece were clearly made with the goal of appealing to the “male gaze”. It may be a world without men; yet men are very much present.
Carmen Winant (1983, San Fransisco, CA), lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. She earned her BFA from the University of California Los Angeles, 2006, and an MFA in fine art and an MA from California College of the Arts in 2011. Winant has participated in exhibitions at Bannerette, Brooklyn and Printed Matter, New York (both 2015). She has organized and performed in projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (2014); Regina Rex, NY; and 365Mission, LA (both 2015). Winant is a regular contributor to Artforum, Frieze, The Believer, Aperture Magazines, and Art Papers, and is contributing editor to WAX Magazine. Her artist book, My Life as a Man, was published by Horses Think Press in 2015. Winant is Assistant Professor of Visual Theory and Contemporary Art History at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and a Dean at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.