In this episode of Culture in a Time of Crises, Brussels based artist and musician Chris Evans talks to Dr. Shwetal A. Patel about growing up in the north of England, how local politics affected his life choices and his adventurous path to art making. Evans also shares his experiences of how he ended up in art school at a time when it wasn’t considered a viable or prestigious career. Reminiscing about the romantic notion of a life of an artist, and what that might be, Evans explores his fascination of working with civil society figures and the relationship between the aural and visual in contemporary art.
“I think my interest is in the consideration that art comes out of a negotiation of beliefs, of ideology and the situation between the artist and the patron, or the artist and who is funding the work, and who is pushing the work forward. The mechanisms of how and in what way things are decided, and what gets produced, and what get made, and what gets seen.” – Chris Evans