Welcoming SomoS Artist-in-Residence Christopher Sperandio

The Social Art practitioner works in Berlin for 3 months.

01.12.2016   - 28.02.2017

SomoS Art House is delighted to welcome acclaimed Social Art practitioner, writer, graphic novelist, educator and TV producer Christopher Sperandio for a three month artist residency. Sperandio’s art activities are part of Social Practice—an underknown art form rooted in the Conceptual Art and political activism of the 1960s. During his residency in Berlin, the Associate Professor at Rice University in the School of Visual and Dramatic Arts will focus on developing a new political graphic novel.

Christopher Sperandio by Zack Soltes
Christopher Sperandio working at SomoS by Zack Soltes

I’m an artist currently living and working in Houston, Texas. I’ve made television, comics, films and photographs, usually as projects for museums and art centers including MoMA/PS1 and London’s ICA, and others. While at SomoS, I’ll be working on a new graphic novel about thermonuclear war, oligarchs, wage slavery, for-profit prisons, riots, beasts, the Klu Klux Klan, environmental devastation, zombies, fiends and the abyss. In other words, it’s a comedy. This new work is a follow-up to my most recent book, an anti-neoliberal love story entitled “Pinko Joe.” I’ll also be working on a new children’s book, a primer for political resistance.

Christopher Sperandio, Artist’s Statement

Read more about Christopher Sperandio’s art projects:

Sperandio on his Social Practice.
NY Times: Reality TV Reaches the Art World
The Cargo Space, a mobile residency project based in a refurbished diesel transit bus.
The graphic novel Pinko Joe.
Christopher Sperandio’s collaborative work with British artist Simon Grennan: KartoonKings.

SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program

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SomoS’ Artist-in-Residence Program offers cultivated, supportive and stimulating surroundings to international visiting artists, curators, researchers and academics wishing to realize an artistic project in Berlin. The residency, normally completed within three months, is focused on production, experience, critical discourse, networking, and local participation. Staying at SomoS, participants become a part of a thriving artistic community with an active exhibition and event program and will easily and swiftly become well-acquainted with the creative, networked city that is Berlin. More info about SomoS’ artist residencies