Dawn Gaietto is lens-based artist practicing in London. She is currently working towards her doctorate at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. The research project is entitled, What is happening here? [exploits of the nonhuman agent].
Beginning from the position of questioning the Nature/Culture binary, What is happening here? [exploits of the nonhuman], is a project working towards the erasure of this binary. Currently there are many academic and artistic projects that undermine the restrictive understanding of Nature within the binary, yet Culture remains mostly unscathed. This research project is an art practice engaging with active nonhuman agents, under the guise of anthrodecentric art, thus examining the notion of Culture. Through this simultaneous undoing of the Nature and Culture binary, this art practice seeks to visualise the agency of nonhumans and to activate the collective whole.
Anthrodecentric art examines the notion of Culture and question how art is active in establishing the collective as a visible and emerging mind space. This questioning process takes multiple forms, most notably: challenging authorial hubris, sustainable economic practices, responsible use of non-renewable resources, and rejecting abstraction through reconstituting of the index.
2015 Winner, Best of Photography. National Weather Centre Biennale
2014 Albert K. Murray Grant
2011- 2014 University of Florida, Full Funding of M.F.A.
2011-2013 University of Florida, College of Fine ArtsTravel Funding
2011 - 2013 University of Florida, Graduate School Travel Funding
Spark, Queen Elizabeth National Park, London, UK
National Weather Centre Biennale, Norman Arts Council, OK, US
Art Demo, Saas Fee, Switzerland
Unfixed Consciousness/Positive Unconsciousness, University Gallery, Gainesville, FL, US
Performative Ecologies, dc3 Arts Project, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Aqueous Chimera, Focus Gallery, Gainesville, FL, US
Museum Nights Film Screening, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, US
Collaborations, 4Most Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Narrative Exchange: Whereabouts, WARP Haus Gallery, Gainesville, FL, US
The Present, Grinter Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Graduate Student Invitational, 4Most Gallery, Gainesville, FL, US
One Down,WARP Haus Gallery, Gainesville, FL
Narrative Exchange, Elsewhere; Elsewhere, Elsewhere, Greenville, South Carolina, US
Sensual Materials Library, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Gainesville, FL, US