Caitlin Berrigan works as an artist across performance, video, photography, sculpture, text and participatory public interventions to engage with the intimate social dimensions of power and politics. She has created commissions for the Whitney Museum and the deCordova Museum, and exhibited at Storefront for Art & Architecture, Hammer Museum, Gallery 400 Chicago, Anthology Film Archives, LACMA, Lugar a Dudas Colombia, 0047 Gallery Oslo, among others. She has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Berrigan holds a Master’s in visual art from MIT and a B.A. from Hampshire College.
She comes to Berlin on a research fellowship with the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung to develop a visual narrative about prospective architectures in the redevelopments of Berlin and Beirut. The two cities are very different, but both were previously divided by war, are now reunited and have been under redevelopment during a parallel period of time. While interesting scholarship has focused on the archaeology of ruins and vestiges of violence, Berrigan’s research will turn to the speculative architectures and emergent landscapes taking place right now. Both cities also share a suspicion for the nation state and the master plans of modernity and colonial architecture. The redevelopments involve a number of transnational investors, foreign allies and displaced diaspora that hold diverse interests and may not be unified by any political project or identity. So what does rebuilding look like when the nation state is not the primary source of vision, and the publics shaping a city are fluid and “unlocated”? Ultimately, the research will result in an exhibition exploring these subjects through visual language and narrative. Combining photography with political fictions and the layered stories of individual sites and buildings, Berrigan will give a visual narrative to a network of fluid dynamics that are otherwise abstract and difficult to visualize.