Miranda July

United States

Miranda is a poster child of diverse disciplines

“I grew up in Northern California, so Los Angeles always seemed forbidden, superficial and embarrassing. It’s all these things actually, but it’s also complex, diverse, unfathomable and still pretty cheap.”

Miranda July works in several disciplines such as filming, acting, art and writing. Despite the diverse set of mediums that she chooses to work with, similar ideas and themes seem to emerge: ordinary people doing radical things for personal reasons, the unknown, and businesses and systems. July’s collection of stories, “No One Belongs Here More Than You”, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in 23 countries. Her writing has also appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker. July’s participatory art works include the website “Learning to Love You More” with artist Harrell Fletcher, a sculpture garden created for the 2009 Venice Biennale called “Eleven Heavy Things”, and a performance entitled “New Society”.

July has created a series of posters for her submission for Absolut Art. She reconsiders the social context of art that is conventionally hung on a wall with little engagement. Responding to this, July has created posters that invite viewers to pose with the work for a photograph, thereby establishing some form of active interaction.

Photo credit: The Guardian