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Hargest, Tana

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

As a multidisciplinary artist, I use humor, fantasy, technology and the language of consumer culture to investigate the hierarchies of power, race and class. I use the multiple, and at times contradictory identifiers that locate my position in these hierarchies as a starting point for my artistic investigations. Midwestern, middle class, and mixed-race, my identity, and therefor my work, is comprised of continually shifting midway points, simultaneously bridging and obliterating definitions. I am the quintessential American, and as such I have embraced the ultimate in American ingenuity, consumer culture, to illustrate and challenge our reliance on the defining structures of power. Using my body, my experience of the culture as a conduit, I create a feedback loop, forcing my reinterpretations of American culture back out to itself. This act allows me to shift the focus of power off of myself. My work is conceived as a survival tool, a strategy for navigation. My work takes the form of video, interactive media, product design, and designed environments. I use new media as a tool to disarm and invite my audience into dialogue.

 
 
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