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I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like


Bill Viola (b. 1951) is one of today’s premier video installation artists whose apparently straightforward imagery belies a decades-long investigation into the human imagination and its various states of consciousness. This unique and accessible guide to Viola’s work provides new insights into the artist’s creative processes by drawing on his own writing, as well as texts that have inspired his creative vision. John G. Hanhardt, an expert on Bill Viola, explores how the artist’s work relates to literature, philosophy, poetry, and mysticism. Kira Perov, Viola’s wife, artistic collaborator, and the manager of his studio, offers her own intimate insights into his work and studio production. Beautifully illustrated, this book imparts a fresh take on Viola’s art, originality, and celebrated creativity.


Published by: Yale University Press

With texts by: John G. Hanhardt, Thomas A. Carlson and Kira Perov

Edited by: John G. Hanhardt

Hardcover, 176 pages

ISBN: 9780300244755


This publication is available for pre-order via Yale University Press. 

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