Carolyn Gennari is an interdisciplinary artist working across video, performance, photography, and sculpture. Using the archive as source material, her creative practice is heavily research based and explores how performance and media can generate news ways of thinking about the past. Often beginning her projects within archives and museums, Carolyn traces objects back to present day communities, places and events, positioning the archive as an active site in which to consider history and its relationship to the contemporaneous. In her work, it is no longer important that original historical events be portrayed as much as the interpretation of those events spun from a process of fragmentation, imitation and re-imagination. Using storytelling and performance as tools for expanding what we understand as knowledge, her work provides historiographic experiences that allow for new modes of interpretation, action and reflection.

During Gennari’s residency, she created The Object of This Exercise.