Amanda KM uses video, installation, and performance to explore the connections between object and subject. She is interested in the question: Who is moving whom? In some of her work one may observe the a web of objects whose compound weight animates a human subject; thus challenging the notions of their power relationships and the role of an animator.
KM’s work confronts the power relations between human subjects and material objects. For instance, in Approximately Series she uses performance installation and video to explore the weight of objects as they actuate the subject, which is typically assumed to be the animator. A string, interconnected between the elements, articulates the preexisting network. Through movements in the performance, the string traces the objects’ agency in quotidian rituals.
KM’s collection of objects focuses on the non-monumental– objects which are inconspicuous but fundamental to her locus and context. They are otherwise forgettable, but in assembling them together, the works pronounce each object’s authority. In her most recent installation work, Yishrab, she uses thousands of cigarette butts to construct an oversized DNA strand. KM airs cigarettes, worthy of recognition as symbols and subjects, through internal ruminations, sociopolitical observation, and historical reference.
KM, Egyptian-American, lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. In 2005, she earned a BFA in photography and digital media and a BS in psychology from the University of Houston. In 2013, she received her MFA from Transart Institute. In 2014, she received a grant from the the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture for her project Filtered Conversations at Roundtable.