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Notable and quotable: Susan Hiller ’61

“I was one of the first generation of feminists in the art world, and I was told it would ruin my career. I had a profile as an interesting conceptual artist, and then after feminism, my position upset a lot of opinion-makers. They weren’t helpful…. I wouldn’t have developed such a core of persistence if I hadn’t come to realise through feminism that I wasn’t the only person with all these doubts and ambiguities and conflicts. There were reasons I had been constructed in a certain way, and I needed to think about that. Once you could see these things clearly, then you could forget about them. It wasn’t an aggressive attack on men, it was a question of working on yourself.” ~Susan Hiller ’61

Susan Hiller. Photograph by Steve Schofield, courtesy of www.guardian.co.uk.


Susan Hiller is an American-born artist who has lived and worked in London since the early 1970’s.  She graduated from Smith College in 1961 and completed post-graduate study at Tulane University.  Her art includes combination of video, photography, performance, and writing.  Hiller’s solo exhibitions have included shows worldwide from Tate Britain in London to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.  Hiller’s The Last Silent Movie is also featured in the Smith College Museum of Art.

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