Since 1965, Nancy Wilson-Pajic uses narrative forms to make text-based, content-oriented artworks. Pioneer of the installation form, she played an important role in the avant-garde of the 1970s with text installations and narrative works.

Began working in Paris in 1978, where she created a unique image system based on photographic pigment emulsions, creating narrative sequences of evocative images. Since being recognized as a precursor of the artists’ photography movement, three major museum retrospectives have been devoted to her work.

“My work is concerned with the processes by which information accumulates and is transformed: by juxtaposition with other information, by memory, and by the individual’s order of priorities. I have used sound recordings and written text, video and film, photographs, drawings and computer print-outs — in installations, in book form and, more rarely, on the wall — to create mental spaces within which creative reflection may take place.”

Nancy Wilson-Pajic

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CURRICULUM VITAECurriculum_Vitae.html
GETTING FREE — The middle of the 60s marked the artist’s systematic rejection of current trends in art in an effort to free herself of tradition and training. Getting_Free.html
QUESTIONS OF CONTEXT — Working in and out of the art context, all along the career of the artist. The art context was one of the major problematics in her work.Questions_Context.html
TEXT AS SUBVERSION — Text, in all its manifestations, is the primary thread that runs through the work.  Text_as_subversion.html
WOMEN’S WORK / IDENTITY STUDIES — Wilson-Pajic’s work on women’s identities and social roles was exemplary in many ways. Womens_Work.html
THE PROBLEMATICS OF THE IMAGE — The 80s were marked by the artist’s research on the power of the image to transform the world, specifically on its aestheticizing powers.Problematics_Image.html
LITTLE THEATRES OF THE INANIMATE — A confrontation with the theatrical aspects of the installation form.Little_Theatres_1.html
STILL LIFE ENSEMBLES — An exploration of the meanings that emerge from juxtapositions of objects, text and context. Still_Life_Ensembles.html
THE OBJECT AND ITS SHADOW — The photogram, a direct impression of the object on a photosensitive surface, reveals another relation between the object and its image.Object-Shadow.html