Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art

David Whelan

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art
Region: Queens, New York
MacDowell fellowships: Winter 2015

My research builds upon my familial relationship to revolutionary Greece during the mid twentieth century and how this resistance was forged through pirate radio, clandestine meetings, and printed matter. I use installation, performance, and text to explore the impossibility of untangling fiction from reality when narrativizing a traumatic past. My practice aims to challenge “normal” modes of memory production by including divergences and decenterings that undercut linear representation.



David Whelan worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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