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I am not American (I love Adrian, I miss Carolee, I follow Hannah)

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Visit Auto Italia's upcoming exhibition 'I am not American (I love Adrian, I miss Carolee, I follow Hannah)' by Sands Murray-Wassink

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Auto Italia presents I am not American (I love Adrian, I miss Carolee, I follow Hannah), an exhibition by Sands Murray-Wassink. The exhibition brings together an expansive collection of paintings, photography, writing and ephemera created between 1993–2021 as part of Murray-Wassink’s ongoing explorations of gender, mental health and sexuality.

A queer cult figure in the Amsterdam art scene for nearly two decades, Murray-Wassink is a painter, body artist, writer and perfume collector indebted to various forms and permutations of intersectional feminist and queer art, with Carolee Schneemann, Hannah Wilke and Adrian Piper serving as key coordinates.

As Murray-Wassink has moved in and out of institutional visibility over the years, his archive of art and non-art ‘studio objects’ has continued to grow. Over the past two years, the artist has worked with this massive collection of materials to create Gift Science Archive, a durational collaborative performance commissioned by If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam and co-produced by Auto Italia, London and mistral, Amsterdam, consisting of various chapters including archiving activities, process events, performances and exhibitions.

I am not American (I love Adrian, I miss Carolee, I follow Hannah) is the latest chapter in this collective performance of archiving and intergenerational process of remembering. Within the exhibition, Murray-Wassink presents a shifting constellation of painted notes, annotations and poetry, which measure the artist’s evolving emotions, feelings and personal intimacies over the past two decades. Produced on a daily basis through an obsessive and fragile dialogue with autobiography and history, these works present an invitation to consider making as a practice of care, friendship, survival and therapy.

Sands Murray-Wassink (b. 1974, Topeka, Kansas) is a Dutch-American painter, body artist, writer and perfume collector based in Amsterdam. Recent presentations include Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2021), mistral, Amsterdam (2021), Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao (2021), Stroom Den Haag (2019), La Casa de Barro, Amsterdam (2017), W139, Amsterdam (2015), Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (2013), Cokkie Snoei Galerie, Rotterdam (2012), Robert Miller Gallery, New York (2011), A.I.R. Gallery, New York (2010), Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gastei (2010) and MAK Museum, Vienna (2007) amongst others.

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Auto Italia South East is an artist run organisation that commissions and produces new work – collaborating directly with emerging artists. Founded in 2007, it aims to provide a framework for developing alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats.

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