B. Albuquerque, New Mexico; based in LoS Angeles
Working primarily in photography and video, Connie Samaras' artistic career has focused on feminism, culture, and technology with a particular interest in the increasing sense of fluidity between science fiction and the real world; speculative landscapes and architectural narratives; sci-fi genres and future imaginaries; and social change movements in a shifting global economy.
Her recent series, The Past Is Another Planet (2016), blends artifacts from the Octavia E. Butler archive at the Huntington Library with views of the surrounding botanical gardens. Using multiple exposures with a large-format camera, Samaras inserts remnants of the science fiction author's constructed worlds into vignettes from the Huntington's vast collection of native and exotic plants, intended as a microcosm of the world's flora itself. Previous projects delve into extreme environments and projections of possible futures: Edge of Twilight (2013) about a secret Lesbian separatist colony, Spaceport America (2011) documenting the world's first hub for commercial space travel, After the American Century (2009) that frames the hyper-consumer global capitalist playground of Dubai as a sci-fi vision of the near future, V.A.L.I.S. (Vast Active Living Intelligence System) (2005-2007) showing the connection between architecture and conceptions of space colonization, periodically reimagined as ice inevitable covers any structure built at the South Pole, and Angelic States - Event Sequence (1998-2003) examining the heightened techno-landscaping of American cities and the intersection of surveillance, police, military and entertainment technologies in architectural design.
Connie's work has been widely exhibited including a recent large-scale installation for the New Museum's 2017 exhibition, Trigger: Gender as a Weapon and a Tool, as well as a 2013 solo survey of her work, Tales of Tomorrow, at the Armory Center for the Arts. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards from pioneering arts initiatives like Creative Capital, the Warhol Foundation, and the National Endowment of the Arts. In addition to an extensive record of exhibitions, awards, reviews, and lectures, she has also published narrative and critical essays on a range of topics.