The Readers is an installation of film-based portraits of influential women authors, activists, critics, artists and poets. Schneider will film each sitter as she reads a book of her choice, written by a woman author, in her own home or studio, for two hours, watching her as she becomes immersed in the text. This project was inspired by Schneider’s series Reading Women, photographic portraits of 100 friends—mostly artists, writers and musicians living in New York—each sitting while reading a book of her choice, written by a woman author. The authors read by her friends in Reading Women become the subjects of The Readers, further mapping the transmission of ideas among makers, and from one creative generation to the next.
Carrie Schneider is a Brooklyn-based artist working in photography and film. Her work has been shown internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Kitchen, New York; Galería Alberto Sendros, Buenos Aires; and the California Museum of Photography, Riverside. She received the Jerome Foundation’s NYC Film/Video Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Residency Fellowship, a project grant from the Illinois Arts Council, and has participated in residencies with the artist Rineke Dijkstra and choreographer Kyle Abraham. Carrie earned her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki as a Fulbright Fellow, and the Whitney Independent Study Program.