Andrew Ranville

Director, Rabbit Island Foundation (Calumet, Michigan)

Session: Welcome to this Place: Rural Artist Retreats and Residencies (Friday, 11am – 12:15pm)

Andrew received his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2008 and has been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 2016. Andrew’s installations, sculptures, architecture, photographs and films underline research that includes community and fieldwork, while focusing on local ecological challenges and resilient design. In 2016 Andrew represented the United States during the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art with his installation East is West and West is East, which was also exhibited in Iceland in 2017. The ongoing research project of the same name highlights historic micronational movements and claims of sovereignty to advocate for positions of global citizenship and stewardship. His recent research and projects include a collaboration with the crees Foundation in Manu Biosphere of the Peruvian Amazon and an art and conservation exhibition on Isla del Coco in the Pacific as a TBA21 Academy Fellow. He is the Director of the Rabbit Island Foundation where he administrates an international arts and research residency on a wilderness island in Lake Superior off the coast of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. / / @andrewranville