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Fawn Daphne Plessner

Pender Island, CA

Fawn Daphne Plessner is an artist and academic and writes and produces visual and text based artwork and public interventions under the banner of “Citizen Artist” (www.citizenartist.org.uk). The Citizen Artist site (founded in 2008) documents Plessner's interventionist art projects that creatively use investigative journalistic strategies and techniques as a form of art practice in its own right. Projects are aimed at examining the aesthetic dimension of citizenship through a series of interweaving themes such as ‘Treaty’, 'Protest', 'What is a University?', 'Assembly' and currently claims to ‘Ownership' (e.g., appropriation of Indigenous land), the latter in collaboration with Emily Artinian of Street Road Project Space. Her projects employ journalistic strategies to advance the notion of investigative art as a mechanism for articulating and shaping new imaginaries and emerged from a consideration of the activities of citizen journalists and contemporary issues in aesthetics and politics. The interventionist projects trouble the assumption of status and cosmopolitan imaginaries of citizenship and investigate how alternative forms of membership can be explored, expanded and legitimated through artistic practice and vice versa.

Plessner has exhibited artwork in a number of countries in Europe and has won several research grants for art projects, including a recent Canada Arts Council grant in support of a collaboration with Doug LaFortune, Coast Salish artist, BC, Canada. She is an Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, Canada and holds a BA (Hons) Philosophy, Birkbeck College, University of London, an MPhil in Politics from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is currently completing a PhD in Art & Politics at Goldsmith's College (November, 2018). She studied Fine Art at a number of institutions before taking up study at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich, Germany under the artist Robin Page (one of the early members of the Fluxus movement).