What does it mean to take something apart, to put it back together, and to share what you learned in the process? I am interested in systems as broad as politics, history, our built environment, and our learning systems. The act of exploring, deconstructing, and decoding these systems is political, if subtly. We all have power; we all own this world.

I make projects using a variety of forms — installations, publications, videos, and events — that encourage audiences to become participants in research and production as a way to explore their own experiences, their histories, their challenges. My work is responsive to environments, develops over time, and is co-created with participants as well as collaborators. Together, we can begin to realize that the construction of systems is made up of collective energy, and we might begin to ask: whose energy?

Katie Hargrave (b. 1985 Chicago, resides Chattanooga, TN) is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. She received her MFA in Intermedia from the University of Iowa, MA from Brandeis University, and BFA from the University of Illinois. Recent exhibitions include The New Gallery (Clarksville, TN), The Front (New Orleans, Louisiana), Neon Heater (Finley, Ohio), the Wiregrass Museum of Art (Dothan, AL), and the Wienberg/Newton Gallery (Chicago). She has been an artist in residence at Epicenter (Green River, Utah), Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts (Raybun Gap, Geogia), and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, Vermont). She is a member of the collaborative groups “The Think Tank that has yet to be named” and " Like Riding a Bicycle.”