Carpenter Center for Visual Arts Opens Antoni Muntadas’ "About Academia"

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CAMBRIDGE, MA.- About Academia is the latest project by renowned artist Antoni Muntadas. Muntadas represented Spain at the 2005 Venice Biennial and was the recipient of the Velázquez Visual Arts Prize in 2009—the most important distinction to be endowed on a visual artist by the Spanish state. About Academia addresses the problematic relationship between the production of knowledge and economic power. Upon entering the gallery space, the viewer is confronted by an installation consisting of three video projections that present the most pressing questions concerning the supposed objectivity of academic knowledge by pointing out the corporatization of institutions of higher learning in the United States and the sometimes controversial positions that universities fall into when trying to physically expand amidst disenfranchised communities, as well as falling into possible contradictions with the agendas