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Su Legatt’s creative research explores personal associations with object and/or place, how these relationships are formed and why they might fade. Floating between the worlds of memory, archetypes, and social constructs, Legatt explores the ever-changing structures of community and culture. Starting with her own prejudices and learned history, she combines her background in photography and installation with community engagement techniques to develop exchanges that focus on empathy and (re)education. Legatt creates opportunities for exchange and artifacts for dissemination in an effort to authentically capture the complexity of the our collective identity.
Su Legatt is an artist, educator, and community organizer. Her photography, installation, and social practice projects explore the quiet, often unnoticed, individual moments of every day life. Legatt utilizes a variety of community engagement techniques and crowd sourcing methods to create opportunities for participants to share with others in the hopes of creating micro moments of empathy. Legatt believes that by sharing these moments, memories, and personal associations, we can strengthen our identities, broaden our personal relations, and strengthen our communities through simple exchange and understanding.
Legatt is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead and Utah State University, as well as a former intern of Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She has taught photography, digital media, and professional development courses at Lake Superior College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and North Dakota State University and a wide variety of workshops throughout the United States.
Legatt’s current work examines the cultural and historical aspects of the rapidly evolving culture of rural Minnesota. Legatt works with various non-profit organizations to organize and create cultural events that help to improve the social structures and relations within each community. Ms. Legatt works closely with local government, legislators, non and for profit organizations, and collaboratively with other local artists and the wider community to support and strengthen the role of the region’s creative community.