“Do It Yourself / Do It Together: Bookmaking & Self Publishing,” a video from Printed Matter featuring Elektra KB

Late last month, Printed Matter posted a video by alumnx Elektra KB (VCS 2012/MFA Hunter College, CUNY 2016) to its YouTube channel as part of on ongoing series titled “Do It Yourself / Do It Together.” In the video, Elektra discusses the role that self-publishing, zine making, and activism have played in their work over the years. The piece also provides a good overview of Elektra’s work, with stills and footage of numerous installations, performances, publications, one-of-a-kind artist books, and other artworks, and Elektra’s running commentary.

Here’s the video and the accompanying description

 

 

Elektra KB talks about their body of work and the possibilities self publishing and zine making introduce to exchange ideas and offer a platform to underrepresented narratives. Elektra also speaks to the current pressure of productivity and the continued divide between humanity and capitalism, where our perceived existence remains tied to our economic value.

Elektra KB is a Latinx artist, originally from Colombia, living and working in Brooklyn, NY. They graduated with an MFA from Hunter College in 2016 and received a DAAD award, pursued at UDK–Berlin with artist Hito Steyerl.

KB grew up in a rural hospital in Colombia with an army of nurses, doctors and cooks, as the result of a Cold War era Soviet-Colombian union.

They want to engage corporeal sickness, disability, and chronic pain with utopian possibilities and alternative universes.

Their work engages corporeal sickness and disability, with utopian possibilities and alternative universes. KB investigates: gender, migration, transculturality, and abuse of power. Their work entangles mutual aid, political action, and communication, often with a documentarian-sci-fi-like hybrid approach, exploring utopia and dystopia in juxtaposition with our world and a parallel universe. Across: textiles, photography, video, installation and performance. Building spaces engaging with concepts such as: learning or healing, through the reinterpretation of quotidian objects and symbols, such as the: Immigration Checkpoint, Freedom School or Hospital Room. KB also investigates issues of abuse of power, gender, migration and transculturality. KB made a stateless-genderless passport written about in ArtNews among a myriad of publications. A video about trans political prisoner Marius Mason titled: “Bodies of Water: Body as a Prison/Prison as a Body and a banner for Act Up’s 30 Year old Anniversary shown at: “Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall” at the Brooklyn Museum, NY’, among other memorable works. Their most recent show was: ‘My Body Is The House That We Live in’ at the Gibney.

Visual & Critical Studies