© Camille McQuat

Through performative spheres and other multimedia tools, I have explored the dimensions of immediacy in public and private behavior, explored the porous borders of female subjectivity, and used observation to document embedded distortions of material history. Investigating self-identification, language, figurative and metaphoric migration, with performance, installation, video, drawing, speculative lectures, live-streaming Google Hangouts, and other methods, these frameworks reveal the elasticity of context and the continual nature of need for new translation.

I construct systems and sometimes they are called "arrangements" or "monuments" to give credit to their methodological and philosophical trajectories. As I question what shifts occur when an action becomes a material or a form, or what prismatic expansions are possible when a present space becomes an archaeological site, I return to their embedded nature in the fractured experiences of sight and history. These traits can be momentary, and equally immovable. When they appear as forms, functions, or senses, I propose they present the shadows of the self. Art as a translation, reveals for us the complexity of subject/object relationships caged by rules of social conditions.

Current: Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
under Dr. Sean Dorrance Kelly

Autumn Ahn (b. 1986, Philadelphia, USA) is currently a Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University. Her conceptual multimedia works and performances use installation, sound, video and works-on-paper. Her pieces have been presented at Cine Tonalá for Fería ARTBO (Bogota Art Fair); Centre National d’Art Contemporain-Grenoble; Istanbul Embassy, WRONG Biennale; Contemporary Istanbul with Gallery Space Debris; Maison du Portugal, Cité Universitaire, Paris; Art Basel, Miami for the AIDS Action Committee; Montserrat College of Art & Design, with Castledrone for HUBweek in Boston’s City Hall Plaza and with The Chimney in Brooklyn, NY.

currently resides in the US.


Wherever art is shown, we should ask: what is the life of those works for the great majority who only encounter them second-hand? | Julian Stallabrass

[Stallabrass, Julian, Van Mourik Broekman, Pauline, and Ratnam, Niru. Locus Solus. London: Black Dog Publishing Limited, 2000, p.17]