Sunday, May 30, 2010

How to write an article in which you present yourself as an artist in less than 250 words?

No matter in which field of art you are working, sooner or later you will be asked to send in your biography. Whenever you write an application for a project, grant, exhibition, festival, etc., organizers want your biography. And preferably, your biography should not contain more than 250 words, because people usually don't have time to read other people's biographies.

When you are just starting as an artist, your biography might not yet be so long. You could of course include any job that you have done, including any babysitter or dishwasher job, but that might not look so good on an artistic biography. You could invent some projects, making the list of exhibitions look bigger than it really was, including even the art presentation you did in your parents' livingroom. But that might not look so convincing.

The trick behind writing a short biography is to understand that people are not really interested in knowing all the dates of every presentation or performance you have done. In general, it is a much better idea to write an artist's statement, rather than a biography. In an artist's statement you describe the artist who you are, you explain your backgrounds, your thoughts, your way of work, without a long list of data of all your projects.

In the following articles I will try to explain how to write an artist's statement with less than 250 words. To give you an idea how much that is: this article has exactly 250 words.

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