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Graves & Herrera-Prats / Camel Collective
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: Camel Collective is the name under which Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats have worked since 2005. The group works through a collaborative process that employs aspects of archival research, dramaturgy, printmaking, painting and photography, focusing on the topics of labor, pedagogy, theater, and collectivity.

Camel’s exhibitions and performances include The Second World Congress of Free Artists at Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2013), Una Obra Para Dos Pinturas at the Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2012), A Facility Based on Change at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MassMoCA (2011), and Howls for Bologna at Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst (2010). Camel has also exhibited at Artist’s Space, Art in General, Exit Art, and the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City.

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Anthony Graves and Carla Herrera-Prats have worked as Camel Collective since 2005. They use performance and scenography—combining sculpture, photography, painting, and video—to create gallery installations that describe contemporary labor, power, and production. Their projects are largely informed by the works and methods of Bertolt Brecht and the social portraiture of the Weimar avant-garde.

Camel draws on narrative theater and dramaturgy, combining them with research into marginal histories, critical pedagogy, and entertainment. These cross-disciplinary works involve collaboration from among a variety of participants. The collective writes theatricalized scenarios into exhibitions for the productive frictions generated when genres cross—discourse becomes a chorus, documents become a strike, a political impasse becomes an occasion for painting.

Camel’s exhibitions and performances include The Second World Congress of Free Artists at Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2013), Una Obra Para Dos Pinturas at the Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2012), A Facility Based on Change at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, MassMoCA (2011), and Howls for Bologna at Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst (2010). Camel has also exhibited works at Artist's Space, Art in General, Exit Art, and the Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City.


EXHIBITIONS
2015
The Second World Congress of Free Artists, Trienal de Artes Frestas, Siesc, Sorocaba, Brazil

2014
Monument to Cold War Victory Cooper Union, NY
The Third Idiom in Deviance Credits, Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Hessel Museum, Annendale-on-Hudson, NY
The Collective Show Museo Universitario El Chopo, UNAM, Mexico City

2013
El Segundo Congreso de Artistas Libres, Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico
Post-cataclysm, Vera & Melchor, New York
Collective Show, Neter, Mexico City

2012
The Hive, Trienal Poli/grafica de San Juan, El Arsenal, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lo Carnavalesco!, Torre Mayor, Mexico City

2011
The Workers, MassMoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts
Little Movements: Self-Organization in Contemporary Art, OCAT Shenzhen, China
Signs on the Road, Winkleman Gallery, organized by workroom g, New York
Hmmm..., Mikhail Zakin Gallery, New Jersey

2010
En Cada Instante, Ruptura, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City
Collective Show, Participant, New York
You should have been here an hour ago, Kunstverein NY, New York
Modifications, Aarhus Kunstbygning, Aarhus
Alternative Histories, Exit Art, New York
Howls for Bologna, Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark

2009
ABCyz, Kunstverein NY, New York

2008
It’s Not Easy, Exit Art, New York
The Audacity of Desperation, PS122, New York

2006
Symposium on Paper, LMCC, Swing Space, New York
When Artists Say We, Art in General, New York


EVENTS/PERFORMANCES/LECTURES
2015
Lecture/Performance: Situation: Art School A Symposium Addressing Challenges and Opportunities for Educating Artists Today, Pratt University, 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY

2013
Performance and book launch: The Second World Congress of Free Artists: In Three Acts, ICI, New York
Artist talk, Beyond Montserrat, Montserrat College, Beverly, MA

2012
Lecture: Collective Practice, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

2010
Lecture: Collectivity and Self Organizing, Malmö Art Academy, Lund University, Malmö
Lecture: Howls for Bologna, performance, screening and discussion, Royal Academy Copenhagen
Artist talk: Aarhus Art Academy, Aarhus

2006
Screening: Cities, Labor, and Culture: Present Crises, Past Documents, LMCC, Swing Space, New York


AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2013
Fieldwork, Marfa, Texas

2012
Statens Kunstrad, Danish Arts Council project grant

2010
Danish International Visual Artist Residency, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005-6
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swing Space Program, New York


PUBLICATIONS
“Kiev Posture,” Revista Cartucho no. 9, Mexico City, 2014

“The Last Man in Europe,” Happy New Year Dear, 1977, ed. Tina Helen, Denmark, 2013

The Second World Congress of Free Artists: A Play in Three Acts, ed. Camel Collective, (Aarhus Kunsthal, Aarhus Denmark), 2013

“Talk at Ten interview” by Kate Yoland, Marfa Public Radio 93.5, 2013

"Discursos suspendidos..." by Graciela E. Kasep, La Tempestad, No87, 2013

"Artist Spotlight on Anthony Graves of Camel Collective" by Kathryn Amato, The MASSMoCA Blog, May 2011.

"Industry Standard" by Carol Yinghua Lu Frieze, Issue 137, March 2011.

"En cada instante, ruptura" Sala de Arte Público Siquieros, Dec. 2010.

c-m-l.org: an online quarterly journal and archive of art and social practice, 2007–2010

“NY Galleries Demand Immediate Release,” Arts & Leisure, Art in General, NY, 2006
 








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