Many of us find our way into collaborative projects involving institutions, organisations, communities. They can be interesting, rewarding, and provide resources and infrastructure that we don’t, as independent artists, have access to. But projects like this can also be awed, stressful and founded on unspoken inequalities of power (economic, cultural, social) that are difficult to negotiate. Or they can be poorly thought through and the artist finds themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. Where is the power of the individual among institutions and organisations? What are the different powers enacted on behalf of participants or audiences de ned as ‘community’? Can locating the power that we have help us to activate it, share it, or give it up?
photo credits: Andy Ford