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- access to arts education
- professional development for artists
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Michelle Nonó's (San Juan, Puerto Rico) artistic interests span emancipatory education, political theater, and local food and alternative medicine practices. Along with her sister, Nonó is part of Las Nietas de Nonó, a performance collective that also organizes an alternative art and community space called Patio Taller in their grandfather's old house. Patio Taller has a performance space, garden, educational programming, a DIY artist residency and an open door policy for neighbors, who share everything from gardening duties to responsibilities caring for chickens and a communal horse they acquired as shared transport. This residency is in connection with Beta-Local, an experimental arts organization in San Juan that supports the production of artistic and aesthetic inquiry through education, exhibition, and production programs.
_ture is a suffix that provides a for(u)m for ongoing conversation between artists Meghan Moe Beitiks, Marissa Lee Benedict, Liz Ensz and Lindsey French. The artists come together to discuss their overlapping interests in the complexities of sites, systems, ecologies, communication, matter, and relevant social histories. By immersing themselves in conversation, the artists concurrently produce work that deconstructs and reassembles these dynamic realities. Beitiks, Benedict, Ensz and French believe in the potential of this form to produce a more complicated understanding of the world: _ture is a space for examining the boundaries of individual action within larger, interdependent systems.
Milena Hoegsberg has been Chief Curator at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Oslo, since August 2011. Curated exhibitions at HOK include Torbjørn Rødland: Sasquatch Century (2015); Josef Albers: Minimal Means, Maximum Effect; Human Space Machine: Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus and Bauhaus in Norwegian (2014); Lea Porsager: Sluggish and Well-lubricated (2013); Arbeidstid (2013); Ann Cathrin November Høibo: Alpelue and Omer Fast – fra virkeligheten (2012).
The Rational Dress Society is a counter-fashion collective founded by Chicago-based designer Abigail Glaum-Lathbury and Los Angeles-based artist Maura Brewer. Together they produce JUMPSUIT, an open source, ungendered monogarment to replace all clothes in perpetuity. We believe that the rejection of choice (otherwise defined as the yoke of relentless consumption within the capitalist paradigm) might open us up to new possibilities and better ways of living. What if you never had to pick out an outfit again?
The works of the Kolkata-based artist, Suhasini Kejriwal, present densely populated visions across large-scale canvases of tropical flora and fauna or bustling urban scenes, saturated with color, or void of it, altogether. Her sculptures, both large and small scale, lean toward the surreal: a lotus flower composed not of petals but of human hands and feet, spiky cacti, and cubes of fruits, vegetables, kitchen utensils and urban refuse packed tightly. Kejriwal’s recent works take place inside the contemporary Indian urban sphere, excavating the economies and individuals that comprise it. Focusing now on what she calls a "literal looking out," she uses the scenes around her as a starting point to explore the psychological reactions that they incite and her in others.
Basim Magdy's practice takes many forms including photography, film (Super 8 and 16 mm), installation and work on paper, among others. The work is rooted in observations of the current moment, and characterized by a sense of uncertainty about the future. He explores the nature of observing, knowing and remembering, particularly related to war, history, information systems and the visual vocabulary of mass media, and the work often incorporates language, using the written word and poetic text, juxtaposed with saturated images to create humorous and sometimes absurd outcomes. Magdy was born in 1977 in Assiut, Egypt and lives and works in Basel and Cairo.
Shonna Pryor's practice is a multidisciplinary one which employs food theory and concepts as a vehicle to explore intersections of identity, culture, and politics. Pryor currently teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned an MFA from the Painting and Drawing department, and holds a BFA in Fiber from The College for Creative Studies, Detroit.
Maria Arusoo is the director of the Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia and commissioner of the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. Recent curatorial projects include "MEEL. VAHTRA. FARKAS_idealistic function" at the CAC (Contemporary Art Center of Vilnius (2015) and "Archeological Festival_ a 2nd hand history and improbable obsessions” at the Tartu Art Museum (2014). Arusoo is currently collaborating with the Museum of Estonian Architecture for her next exhibition project and preparing a performance festival NUPerformance at SAAL.
Tintin Wulia is a conceptual artist who makes socio-politically charged works presented in witty, often interactive and participatory artworks. Her background in architecture and music (B.Eng./Architecture, Universitas Katolik Parahyangan 1998 and B.Mus./Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music 1997) as well as her practice-based research training in art (PhD/Art, RMIT University 2014) contribute to her transdisciplinary works that are often process-based and systemic, taking place across mediums. She fuses installation, mural/drawing, video, sound and performance amongst others, hacking and repurposing ready-mades (IKEA products, neodymium magnets, living matter, surveillance cameras and arcade game machines), factoring the materials' original systems into her work.
Working between painting, sculpture and installation, Eric creates nuanced understandings of historical events and their relationship to the present. His work takes numerous forms but is united by the common goal of educating and challenging both the maker and the spectator. Garcia graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a Master's in Fine Arts with emphasis in Painting and Drawing. He has since then participated in a number of residencies across the U.S. and featured in both group and solo shows throughout Chicago.
Ayanah Moor's interdisciplinary work takes the form of individual action, collaboration and studio practice to mine the history of printmedia. Moor earned a Masters in Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art (Temple University) with an emphasis in Printmaking. She has had solo exhibitions across the country as well as participated in group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Moor is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Printmedia at SAIC.
Sabina Ott is known for her broad range of work – from painting to installation to sculpture – and her central role in the art world as a teacher, administrator, and recently, as the founder of the exhibition space Terrain, which invites artitsts to create instalations and performances using the exterior of her Oak Park home. She earned both her BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art institute. Exhibiting since 1985, Ott has participated in over 100 solo and group exhibitions at institutions in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; and many cities across the US.
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