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Renee Petropoulos: 2015-16 Faculty Development Grant Report

Petropoulos Video Still

Video still, Naples, 2016


Excerpt:

I traveled to Naples Italy, January 4 through January 18, 2016 to initiate a project in conjunction with scholar Dr. Denise Spampinato. As laid out in my grant application, the city of Naples was to be the primary subject of my project. By taking the view of the ‘tourist’ and the uninitiated visitor to the city, I was confirming my position as an outsider. I read some material prior to my visit and began reading a contemporary novel set in Naples and spanning the period of my own life. My project is a collaboration that had not been described as such before my arrival. By this I mean, that Dr. Spampinato and I had not sorted our roles or our artist relationship. Upon my arrival we began a series of conversations to establish how we could work together and apart.

--Renee Petropoulos
Graduate Studies GFA and Public Practice

Read Interim Report [PDF]
Read Final Report [PDF]