Competition: US & Canada
Eric Gottesman is an artist and teacher. He makes photographs, videos, writing, installations and social interventions; he has never made an artwork alone. Through the medium of collaboration, his work questions accepted notions of authorship and power, engages communities in critical creative expression, and proposes models for repairing structural violence and for promoting community as a form of care.
Gottesman’s projects have been shown at health conferences, in government buildings, on indigenous reserves, inside post-war rubble and in museums like MoMA/PS1, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, MFA Boston, Houston Center of Photography, MoCA Cleveland, and the Addison Gallery of American Art. Gottesman is a Creative Capital Artist, a Fulbright Fellow, an Artadia awardee, an Aaron Siskind Foundation Artist and a co-founder of For Freedoms, an initiative for art and civic engagement that won the 2017 ICP-Infinity Award and was named the “largest creative collaboration in United States history” by TIME Magazine. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at SUNY-Purchase College and a Mentor in the Arab Documentary Photography Program in Beirut, Lebanon.
Photo: Jeff Vespa