Ken Feingold, Artist in distribution, United States of America, 1952
Ken Feingold was born in 1952 in Pittsburgh, USA, and currently lives and works in New York. He studied at Antioch College in Ohio from 1970-1971 and received a BFA in 1974 and an MFA in 1976 from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and North America and is in permanent collections of art institutions worldwide. Feingold has taught at various art schools, and has received many grants including ones from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations. Feingold creates montages using footage that evokes both travel photography and social-science documentaries. His videos explore the relationship between the 'iterable' quality of language, i.e. how it consists of a certain set of repeated signs, and how the media assembles certain types of repeatable images to make various narratives. Among these narratives, Feingold specifically criticizes those that construct an exoticized third world for first world audiences. In Feinberg's video's, the use of clips of televised violence is connected to the critique that runs throughout his videos of how the lives of people in Western countries are considered valuable, whereas those of people in the developing world are considered expendable.