S.A. Bachman

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S.A. Bachman (b. Columbus, Ohio, resides in Los Angeles) is a socially engaged artist, educator and cofounder of the artist-activist collaborative THINK AGAIN. Bachman has been on the forefront of interdisciplinary college art education for two decades and was a Senior Lecturer at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1991-2011. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.

Photographic work[edit]

Through a confluence of image appropriation, language and monumental scale, S.A. Bachman’s photographs interrogate the correspondence between fact and fiction and the deceptive parameters of public and private. By deftly manipulating popular media representations of suburban malaise and out-of-context advertisements, Bachman turns the seemingly innocent, but obviously offending, image against itself. Bachman’s texts juxtapose an anonymous voice of authority with conversational artifacts to reveal the complex ways ideological messages intersect with our desires and ambivalences, while reinscribing sexism, white privilege and conformity.[1]

THINK AGAIN collaboration[edit]

Founded with David John Attyah, THINK AGAIN (1997–present) produces public art interventions that recruit artmaking in the service of political action. THINK AGAIN expects something political from art and uses images to challenge indifference. THINK AGAIN’s public works combine cultural theory, sociological research, and activism to create a visual language for engaging civic dialogue. Their work has explored a unique range of issues, from race injustice to the structural violence against women, from queer civil rights to the military industrial complex. Actions Speak (2008-2010) is a multi-media project examining political brutality and public policy, and reconsiders social problems like HIV/AIDS and violence against women. The project features a 17 x 67 foot interior wall mural and a concurrent outdoor projection. Debuting the week before the 2008 Presidential Election, Actions Speak[2] promotes dialogue between art and public response, between global reality and local action. (Commissioned by the Worcester Art Museum.)[3][4] A project from 2006, "Salt In The Wound/The NAFTA Effect" addresses the contradiction between "free trade zones" and restrictive migrant labor policies across the US/Mexico border.

Awards, Exhibitions, Collections[edit]

Awards: National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, LEF Foundation, GUNK Foundation, Tanne Foundation, The Funding Exchange/Outfund, New England Foundation for the Arts.

Exhibitions: Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Institute for Contemporary Art (Boston and Philadelphia,) The Alternative Museum, Grey Art Gallery, Exit Art, Aperture Foundation, Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.

Collections: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Rose Art Museum, Glasgow Print Studio, Bell Telephone Corporation, Self Help Graphics.


Afterimage, Vol. 38, Issue 2, Fall 2010: Participatory Politics

A Brief History of Outrage, THINK AGAIN (David John Attyah and S.A. Bachman), Distributed Art Publishers, 2003
The introduction can be read at agitart.org

Reframings, New American Feminist Photographies, Diane Neumaier, Temple Press, 1995

Graphic Agitation 2, Liz McQuiston, Phaidon, London, 2004

Boston Globe, "Power meets vulnerability: Wall mural and exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum tackle social issues," Kate McQuaid, December 8, 2008

Social Text (#80 Technoscience,) Amy Villarejo, “Activist Technologies: THINK AGAIN,” Duke University Press, Durham, North Carolina, 2004

Peace Signs: The Anti-War Movement Illustrated, James Mann, English, French, German edition; Edition Olms, and Posters Against A War, Spanish edition; Gustavo Gili, 2003/2004

Our Town, Aperture Foundation Inc., 1992

Los Angeles Times, “Drive-by Campaign to Project Points of View,” Mike Boehm, October 6, 2006

Interview with THINK AGAIN: Big, Red and Shiny, Issue #7, 2003