Susan Hiller and Marysia Lewandowska; London; 20/7/88

Hiller discusses the critical culture of the art world in relation to her own personal history. Born in America, Hiller moved to London in the 1970s. She works in a wide variety of mediums; installation, video, photography and performance and for a long time this resulted in her work being perceived as 'odd' and 'inconsistent'. She spent ten years building a body of work and showing in private galleries before the Arts Council subscribed to her work. She berates women artists for making 'repetitive' and 'beautiful' art, believing instead that art should be disturbing in order to disrupt the senses.

The conversation is littered with analysis of the state of art world criticism in reference to contemporary shows at influential galleries in 1980s London such as The Showroom and Matt's Gallery.


Accession No. WAA.008
Artist: Susan Hiller and Marysia Lewandowska
Container annotation: 44B St Stephens Gdns London W2,
Place/Year: London 20/7/88
Type: Private Conversation
Technical aspects: Very clear, a bit low sound level. Stereo
Duration: 90'
Tape capacity: 90
Tape brand: Phillips