Andrea Bowers, The Weight of Relevance, Exhibition View, Secession 2007, Photo: Pez Hejduk

Andrea Bowers

The Weight of Relevance

February 22 – April 15, 2007

The American artist Andrea Bowers does not see art and politics as two fixed realities but as two realms that influence each other. Her broad interest in various forms of non-violent protest, civil disobedience and feminism is motivated by a historical awareness and archival curiosity regarding the history of political activism and its visual language or bodily expression. This interest is also decisive for her action within the art system and the very precise articulation of her art in both aesthetic and thematic terms. Bowers’ project for the Secession continues her investigation of the intersection between activism and art. The exhibition examines the people who maintain and display The AIDS Memorial Quilt and the storage facility they oversee that houses this cultural artifact.


Andrea Bowers, born in 1965, lives and works in Los Angeles.