In her work Ruth Buchanan seeks to address how artistic agency in the present is characterised by artistic legacy and does so by working across several tones and forms; sculpture, audio, photography, film and text; bringing these various elements together in choreographed spatial and temporal situations.
Buchanan gained her BFA fromElamSchool of Fine Art, Auckland, NZ, in 2002, and her MA (Fine Art) from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam in 2007. She completed a two year residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL and currently lives in Berlin. Over 2009 and 2010 she developed a four-part work comprising of a guided tour, theatre piece, installation and publication staged at and in the context of Rietveld Schröder Huis (Nothing Is Closed), Utrecht (NL), If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution, Frascati Theatre (Circular Facts), Amsterdam (NL), The Showroom (Several Attentions), London (UK) and Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory (Lying Freely), Utrecht (NL). Buchanan actively initiates and contributes to print based projects.
Te Ati Awa/Taranaki, 1980