Half a Generation

Video Artist: Andrea Stanislav
Year: ,
Duration: 6 min 0 sec


2 channel video

This work can be presented on two separate monitors, or projections; or as a single channel composite on one monitor, or projection.

This work is an elegiac meditation on the grandiose architecture of Dubai, the laborers who built the city in “half a generation”, and its pending environmental decline — a visual iteration of the manifest destiny of global capital. Emerging as a dystopic, soulless vision of the future, notions of civil society, individual rights, and identity are subsumed in the logic of capital. The video’s structure, ‘Eve Democracy’ character and sound remix are illuminated by Jean-Luc Godard’s 1+1 (Sympathy for the Devil), with its deliberate and inherent embrace of contradiction, which enables both a fractured narrative and a meta-narrative to operate simultaneously.

Andrea Stanislav

Stanislav (b. Chicago,1968) is based in New York City, Minneapolis and St. Petersburg. Her hybrid practice is an intersection of film, installation, sculpture, sound and public projects. She received an MFA from Alfred University, New York; and a BFA  from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Stanislav's work has been exhibited internationally in solo museum and gallery exhibitions, public commissions, and group exhibitions. She is the recipient of: the 2015/2016 Freund Fellowship, Washington University/St. Louis Art Museum; 2012 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist Residency, NYC; and a 2010/2011 McKnight Artists Fellowship for Visual Arts. Her works belong to several international private and public collections. Andréa is an Associate Professor, Department of Art, at the University of Minnesota - Minneapolis.