Professional // Amateur by Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir

Limbo of Cultural Value and Cultural Waste, 2018, HD video, 8 mins

“When does the amateur become professional?”

“What creates a professional?”

When it comes to art-making, what determines who is deemed professional? 

Among the many acts and ways of making art, the idea of the ‘professional’ artist seems to be that of an individual who is able to create value acknowledged both culturally and economically, whose actions and works are validated by institutions within society. In this context, the amateur is an individual fuelled by passion and interest but unable to create cultural or economic value on a societally significant scale. The divide between the two is neither clear nor permanent; it can go and has gone through endless variations and modulations with time: they are two extremes between which individuals who partake in cultural production find themselves. 

Dagrún Aðalsteinsdóttir (b. 1989 in Iceland) is an artist and an independent curator based in Berlin.

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