Amber Ginsburg creates site-generated projects that insert historical scenarios into present day situations, as well as engaging present day histories to imagine alternative futures. Her background in craft orients her projects towards the continuities and ruptures in material, social, and utopic histories. While always interested in history, more recently, Amber is drawn to imagined futures. Looking to feminist strategies, including collective action and equity politics, she works with long-term and ongoing collaborators to engage multiple communities, creating large-scale sculptural forms and that allow audiences a role in thinking through the work. Following specific material lineages—be it a tree species, porcelain, or wool--she maps our varied and porous relationships. Working in concert with objects, she is interested in how materials can extend and reframe our thinking to include the politics of complexity. Amber teaches in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago and shows extensively locally, nationally, and internationally.
Image: Amber Ginsburg, Sara Black and Charlie Vinz, Le Musée du Grand Dehors (The Museum of the Great Outdoors), 2018, Thailand Biennale, Than Bok Koranee National Forest, View from the Carbon interior, including the rubber tree and the outside Park/Museum.