Log in to post comments Degree Seeking MFA Area of Study Studio Undergraduate Institution University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Undergraduate Degree BFA Studio Art, Minor African American & Diaspora Studies Hometown Charlotte, NC CV CV_no_contact.pdf Research Detail Annie Simpson's practice spans photography, sculpture, performance/intervention, and text to question landscape and longing in the American South, specifically landscape as a cultural construction and how it folds into urgencies surrounding tactical public history. As we come to understand the Anthropocene as a process-state at the edge of geo-history or, in other words, a “being-towards-death,” Simpson’s work asks how our slippery (and often deceitful) relationship with time in the South affects not only how we come to grapple with temporal durations which cannot be understood in humanist terms alone, but the aesthetic implications of how we choose to represent history itself. She imagines markers/wayfinders for landscapes which either typify or challenge perceptions of the South as a territory (especially in relation to sites of state power and empire). From Confederate monuments to nuclear waste, the work and supporting research documents map how forced historical “certainties” create crisis points in the landscape, both anthropomorphically and ideologically . Biography Simpson is a multi-/inter-/un- disciplined artist (& troublemaker) imaging tactical public histories. At the University of Georgia, she is currently an MFA candidate and Graduate Research Assistant in interdisciplinary arts research with Ideas for Creative Exploration. She was a 2018-2019 National Fellow (as part of Take Action Chapel Hill collective) with Monument Lab, a public art and history studio in Philadelphia, PA. She has received grants and awards from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.