Annabel Manning

Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid, 2013
Interactive installation, projections, photographs, and paintings
Fredric Jameson Gallery



I believe that as artists we can sometimes play an important role in social-political issues because we can provide a unique setting for people to reflect on them openly and critically through participatory art practices. As an artist, teacher, and community activist, my participatory art relies in large part on the interests of the community I am working with, whether in a school, senior center, museum, art center, or jail.

My recent participatory art projects are with Latino immigrants in North Carolina, where I live, with whom I am exploring the multiple senses in which they are rendered invisible in their everyday lives. Currently, I am working with members of the Immigrant Youth Forum in the Triangle area, using photography, printmaking, video, and audio to create art and engage audiences about the youth’s dreams, fears, and desires as they emerge from the shadows. The first results of our participatory project will be exhibited in Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid, opening April 10, 2013, at the Fredric Jameson Gallery at Duke University. Later, this show will travel to the Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, opening in December 2013.

I was born in Mexico City, received a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art, and I am currently completing an M.F.A. in Experimental and Documentary Art at Duke University (degree expected May 2013).  I have partnered on a number of collaborative art projects in Charlotte with the McColl Center for Visual Art, the Bechtler Museum of Art, the Central Avenue Bilingual Preschool, and the Mecklenburg County Central and North Jails; and have been awarded several grants (e.g., the Arts and Science Council, ArtsTeach, Nasher Museum at Duke University, and Target).

My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Los Angeles (Center for Digital Art), Durham (Duke University), San Francisco (Root Division), Boston (Villa Victoria), New York (White Columns Gallery), Germany (Pasewalk), and England (Liverpool).