2014 Art Omi Residents: Bios
Full Biographies for 2014 Art Omi Residents
Alhroub's art deals directly with the polemics of place, how to humanize a place and its influence on our creativity. Belonging to a social and cultural community, longing for a feeling of attachment, rooted in a particular place with a sense of ownership: these socio-political sentiments deeply influence Alhroub's work. Who we are is often intimately related to where we are, defining our location in relation to self and other.
More recently Alhroub's work is engaging with the search into the self. To achieve this he uses the body as signifier. This work often shows the process of scrutiny and experimentation threatening self-identity. The work deals with personal vulnerability and an experience of existential anxiety strongly associated with issues such as religion, nationalism, conflict and identity construction and looks for meaning not in the individual sign but in the context of exile and fragmentation.
Alhroub has been a resident and workshop participant at the Mattress Factory Art Museum, Pittsburgh; the Delfina Foundation, London; BAG Art Camp, Bergen, Norway; Braziers Artists Workshop, UK; Shatna International Artists Workshop, Jordan; Almahatta Artists Workshop, Palestine, among others. His work is in the collections of the Imperial War Museum in London, the Barjeel Art Foundation (Sharjah).
Lara Baladi, Egypt
Baladi's works include "Don't Touch Me Tomatoes & Chachacha" for an exhibition curated by Hervé Mikaeloff and commissioned by Dior (Paris, Grand Palais, 2013), "Oum el Donia" (The Mother of the World) commissioned by Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain (Paris, 2000) for the exhibition "Desert", as well as "Roba Vecchia" (Ragman), a life-sized kaleidoscope first exhibited at the Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art (Cairo, 2006). "Qabr al Zaman" (The Tomb of Time) commissioned by Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar, 2010) became the final expression for "Diary of the Future". Her work "Borg el Amal" (Tower of Hope), an ephemeral construction and sound installation, won the Grand Nile Award at the 2008/2009 Cairo Biennale. In 2012 she collaborated with the Kiev Kamera Orchestra to perform the Donkey Symphony, Borg el Amal's sound component, at the first Kiev Biennial.In 2010 she took part in the VASL residency program in Karachi, Pakistan to research representations of paradise in popular iconography.
Baladi is active in socially engaged projects. She has been a member of the Arab Image Foundation since its creation in 1997. She curated the artist residency Fenenin el Rehal (Nomadic Artists) in the Libyan Desert in 2006. During the 2011 Egyptian uprising, Baladi accumulated a massive digital archive of found videos, photographs and press articles that documented the events on the ground and around the world. The artist co-founded two media initiatives in Tahrir Square as a result of these archives: Radio Tahrir and Tahrir Cinema. Today, Baladi is developing a new project, "Archiving a Revolution in the Digital Age" which includes a multi-media project on reading history, and a collaboration with universities and cultural institutions to map archives of the Egyptian revolution and create a portal to make them accessible to the public.
Her works can be found in a number of institutional and private collections including Fondation LVMH, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art (Qatar), Bulgari (Italy), Chase Collection (New York), Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain (Paris), Kamel Lazaar Foundation (Tunisia), Pori Museum (Finland), among others.
Born in San Antonio, TX, Jesus Benavente lives and works in Long Island City, NY. Benavente earned an MFA from the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Recent exhibitions and performances include, LTD Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Performa 13, NY; Chashama, NY; Shin Museum of Art, South Korea; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; Kingston Sculpture Biennial, Kingston, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY and Austin Museum of Art, TX, among others.
His solo shows include "Fabulario" at Casa del Lago Mexico, "Negras Tormentas" at Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, and "Solve et Coagual" at Museo Experimental el Eco. He was selected to be part of the Bienal Tamayo. Castro is included in the book "The Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory" by Phaidon, and "100 New Artists" by Francesca Gavin.
Revisiting the classical themes of still life, Dagnogo fashions a vision of the world where the lyricism of the imagination vies with a critical awareness of reality. Dagnogo creates a contemporary mythology to highlight the paradox of a world both more civilized and more violent, more respectful and less tolerant. Barnyard animals next to Louis XV chairs, bottles and flowers: confused images jostle, collide or sometimes stand alone to hit the conscience and make one react.
Ira Eduardovna was born in 1980 and raised in Uzbekistan in the former USSR until she immigrated to Israel in 1990. She currently lives and works in New York.
Her work reconstructs narratives of an autobiographical nature and examines issues of migration and identity in flux through non-linear storytelling. Her video installations examine the border between video and architecture and the influence of architecture on the experience of time and memory. Ira and her family usually perform in her videos. Her work presents the familial structure as a model of the society as a whole. She examines the changes that occur in the family once it's been displaced to a different societal structure, or when a society's structure collapses.
Eduardovna's work has been shown internationally in Israel, Europe and USA including a solo show at Momenta Art Brooklyn that was selected as one of the best 12 shows of 2012 by L magazine, and a solo show at Braverman gallery in Tel Aviv. Group shows include the Israel museum in Jerusalem, Bat Yam Museum of Contemporary Art in Israel, Leslie Heller gallery NY, Fridman gallery in NY, RCA gallery of Art London, Helen Day Art Center in Vermont, the Loop Video Art Festival of Barcelona among many others. She holds an MFA from Hunter College in NY.
Sara Eliassen, Norway
Mauro Giaconi, Argentina/Mexico
Mauro Giaconi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1977, and now lives and works in Mexico City. He studied Architecture in the Buenos Aires University and Fine Arts in Prilidiano Pueyrredón National School of Fine Arts, graduating in 2001. Since then, his work has developed in the fields of sculpture, installation and drawing. In 2011, Giaconi became a Professor of fine arts at the Autonomous University of the State of Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Giaconi has been a resident at the Bémis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. He has exhibited in various solo shows and group shows including "Season of Lead" in Arroniz Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City, "Depart" in the Museum of Modern Art (Buenos Aires) "Panorama-Landscape" in Bellas Artes (Mexico City) and "AQULLA" in Gallerie HO in Marseilles.
Wojciech Gilewicz was born in 1974 in Biłgoraj, Poland. He lives and works in Warsaw and New York. He is a painter, photographer and author of videos and installations.
Drawing on his experience of the painting medium, he creates formally varied works, which seek to investigate the boundaries of art and space. In his recording of reality, Gilewicz remains loyal to the painting tradition. Each frame registered by his camera becomes a painting, the camera itself ﬂuidly transforming into a means of registering social relations, which take place 'outside' his actions.
Gilewicz's art provokes reﬂection on the mechanisms which govern perception and its cultural conditioning. The author actively collaborates with the viewer, whom he involves both in his projects and in polemics about myths and stereotypes concerning the most recent art, its reception and interpretation. Gilewicz takes on board issues related to the role of painting in today's world, the status of the artist and artistic work in the context of the institution and the circulation of art as well as society at large, especially in his video works.
In 2009, the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw published Them – an artistic album of Wojciech Gilewicz's work, presenting a series of photographic double self-portraits, a project started in 2002, which continues to date. Selected solo exhibitions include Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Paris (France); Foksal Gallery, Warsaw (Poland); Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (USA); Museum of Fine Arts, Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine); Flux Factory, New York (USA) Zacheta National Gallery of Art Project Room, Warsaw (Poland) and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (Taiwan). Gilewicz has also participated in numerous group exhibitions internationally.
Goodman exhibits regularly, both in her native South Africa and internationally. Born in 1975 and based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Frances Goodman is today considered one of the country's leading young artists. She studied Fine Art at Wits University, Johannesburg. On completion of an MA at Goldsmiths College, London, UK, she lived in Antwerp, Belgium, where she was artist in residence at HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts). Goodman has had solo exhibitions at the Goodman Gallery in South Africa and Aeroplastics in Belgium and has participated in major international exhibitions such as "Lust and Vice: From Durer to Nauman" at the Kunstmuseum Bern, "Sphères" at Le Moulin, France and "Beauty and Pleasure" at The Stenersen Museum, Oslo. Her work has been shown at the Armory, ArtBasel and ArtBasel Miami. She has been invited to a number of residencies, including ISCP, New York, The Foundation GegenwART Berne, Switzerland, Recollets International Accommodation and Exchange Centre, Paris and, Artist's Work Program, Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin, Ireland.
His work has been exhibited around the world, at the MHKA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; Gemak de Vrije Academie, The Hague; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Gallery Image, Arhus, Denmark; Knipsu Art Space, Bergen, Norway; Moretti and Moretti, Paris; and in the Corridor Gallery, New York City. He participated in the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates 2011 and in the Dakar Biennial, Senegal, 2010.
Guzman has been giving lectures the last years in renowned institutions such as the New School New York; the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem; the DAI Artez Master School program, Tent Rotterdam; the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Det Jyske Kunstakademi, Aarhus, Denmark; and in Windward School Los Angeles, California.
Guzman is currently working on the photographic series "Hogon" about cultural appropriation, and developing his Buddhism-inspired project "Dukkha 'The Four Noble Truths'". Besides his individual art practice, Guzman is the founder and director of The State of L3 Contemporary Arts & Film Collective and GF Workstation Studio Amsterdam.
He received his M.F.A in Time Arts/Video from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA in Clinical Psychology from Sophia University, Tokyo, and studied theater design at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He has taught at Stanford University and California College of the Arts. His work is represented by Swarm Gallery (Oakland), West Collection (Philadelphia), Black Square Gallery (Miami) and Peter Miller Gallery (Chicago).
Jochen Höller, Austria
After finishing his studies in sculpture at the University of Arts in Linz, he turned his focus completely to work with paper. The artist deals with conventional perceptions of order and information-transfer, he questions the comfortable habit of consuming data in a prefabricated way and makes use of the use of cultural artifacts, which are according to Michel Foucault: "... as an archive, not the totality of texts that have been preserved by a civilization or the set of traces that could be salvaged from its downfall, but the series of rules which determine in a culture the appearence and disappearence of statements, their retention and their destruction, their paradoxical existence as events and things."
Gilbert Hsiao, USA
He has participated in residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation (Brooklyn), Millay Colony for the Arts (Austerlitz, NY), and Gallery Aferro (Newark, NJ) and was a New York Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellow. His work has been seen in such institutions as P.S. 1, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and MassMOCA, as well as in alternative spaces and galleries scattered throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and Australia.
Nikolai Ishchuk was born in 1982 in Moscow, Russia. In 2013, he graduated with Distinction from the MA Fine Art program at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. He had previously studied Economics and Sociology at the University of York (BA [Hons]), and Social and Political Science at the University of Cambridge (M.Phil.).
Ishchuk has exhibited widely, including at such institutions as the Whitechapel Gallery (London), Jerwood Space (London) and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. He was the first non-documentary photographer to win the British Journal of Photography's award in 2012. He is represented in the US by Denny Gallery (New York).
"My very practice as an artist gives me the license to let the everyday, the unnoticed, the accidental be part of my work. It is in the everyday that I find my work most strongly rooted in. It is a creative response to this sense of ordinariness. In fact, it is by referring to the mundane that my works attempt to place it in a different context."
Hojin Lee, South Korea, Paradise Culture Foundation Fellowship
Judith G. Levy, USA, Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship
Levy received her BA in Visual Art from Hunter College and her MSW from Adelphi University. In 2012, her short video, On The Seventh Day, was screened in seven national and international film festivals, including the New York City International Film Festival. Her feature film, NV in KC: a story about artists and envy in Kansas City premiered in Kansas City in 2013 and was included in The H&R Block Artspace Performance Now Film series and will also be screened at the Nelson Atkins Museum in March, 2014. Levy's studio is in the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District.
Ligyung, South Korea, Paradise Culture Foundation Fellowship
Ligyung was born 1969 in Jeon-ju, Korea. She lives and works in Seoul. She received her M.Phil research/ M.A. in Fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. U.K, and her B.A. from Kyung-hee University, Korea.
Throughout her career as a professional artist, from The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (2001) to More Light (2014), she has been questioning how imperfect we are to believe in 'Seeing is Believing' via lights which are always used in the artist's works.
Some of Ligyung's selected solo exhibitions include More Light at Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul (2012), Paradise Lost at Gallery Hyundai (window gallery 2008) / gallery em (2008), odd Sensation at Avenue L (2006) and too big to miss at Gallery Sejul (2005). Her work has been shown in selected group exhibitions internationally including 6-8: ArtSonje center, Seoul. Corea campanella : Venice, Italy. Road to 12,104 miles : Palais de glace, National museum. Buenos Aires. The Show Must Go On : Chelsea college of art, London. Enormous Eye : The Guild Art, Mumbai. Themocline of Art-New Asian Wave: ZKM contemporary art museum. Germany. On difference #2:middlecorea : Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany. Asu wa docchi da: Ota fine art, Japan and east of eden_Forbidden Fruit in London : 14 Wharf Rd, Project space at Victoria Miro Gallery, London. She has been awarded the Grand Prize from Sung-kok Art Museum, and the Seoul and British Council Fellow Scholarship for her Master course. Awarded residencies from Tokyo wonder site (Japan), and the Khoj International Artist Residency (Mumbai). She has worked as an adjunct professor last 10 years at college of Art, Kyung-hee University in Seoul.
Claudia Losi, Italy
Claudia Losi was born in Piacenza, Italy in 1971. Her work looks to nature and science for sources of inspiration, as well as the historical and anthropological aspects of the environment. Working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, sculpture and video to works on textile and paper, she also explores the concept of story-telling through art and writing, often using projects to link and create new communities of human interaction.
Her exhibitions include: Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zouz, Switzerland; "Women for life. Regina José Galindo-Claudia Losi", La Maréchalerie, énsa V, Versailles, France. In addition, she held solo shows at the Marino Marini Museum in Florence, Stenersen Museum of Oslo, Norway and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK. In 2010 and 2012, she showed work at the MAXXI Museum in Rome, and some of her works are in its permanent collection, and recently in the collection of Maramotti Foundation, Reggio Emila.In 2007, she took part in the Sharjah Biennial 8 in the United Arab Emirates.
For thirty years Cynthia Madansky has been making drawings, paintings, 16mm films and videos. Her films integrate hybrid forms and traditions including autobiography, experimental tropes, cinema verité, scripted narrative, ethnographic observation and dance and performance, engaging with cultural and political themes, such as identity, nationalism, the transgression of borders, displacement, nuclear arms and war, foregrounding the human experience and personal testimony. She is interested in portraying the consequences of politics on the daily lives of individuals, focusing on issues of US foreign intervention while interrogating the concept of personal responsibility and national accountability.
Madansky's drawings and paintings are abstract, each series delineating the evolution of ideas, explorations and obsessions. Some work interrogates personal and political themes — shame, torture, the body, other work is diaristic, a type of automatic writing, repetitious markings of a subliminal landscape, notations that she has accumulated, layered and reworked on to surfaces of paper and masonite. For the past seven years her paintings and drawings are essentially explorations of the circle probing the relationship between form, color and psychological states.
She has begun to integrate her drawing and film practice by intervening directly on celluloid, creating a series of new work which experiments with optical printing, hand processing and painting.
Namsraijav was born in Sukhbaatar province in Mongolia. He graduated with an MFA from the Setgemj Design Institute in 2000 and the Institute of Fine Arts in Ulaanbaatar in 2005. He is a member of the Union of Mongolian Artists. Since 2007, Namsraijav has served on the board of the New Century Art Association, where he organizes current projects and exhibitions.
In 2010 he participated in the OpenSpace Bae International Artist-in-Residence Program "Open To You" in Busan, Korea, and in 2009 the Time & Space International Nomadic Arts Residency Program, Umnu-Gobi, Mongolia. In addition to Art Omi, in 2014 Namsraijav will be attending the international residency of the Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project in Taiwan and the Vermont Studio Center International Artist Residency in Johnson, Vermont.
Namsraijav has exhibited work at the 2010 Jara Island International Baggat Art Exhibition in Gapyeong, Seoul, Korea; the Red Mill Gallery of the Vermont Studio Center; the Schoeni Art Gallery in Hong Kong, the Sori Art Center in Seoul, Korea; the Busan Biennale in 2010 and SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco.
Dominique Pétrin, Canada, Antrev Habland Award
A former member of the band Les Georges Leningrad, she also collaborated with such renowned artists as Sophie Calle, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, songwriter Pierre Lapointe and choreographer Antonija Livingstone. She staged performances at the Frieze Art Fair in London, at the Désordres Festival in Lille, MUTEK, Viva! and Rouyn-Noranda's Performance Biennale. She was rewarded with visual art grants from both Quebec and Canada Art Councils in 2012 and 2013. She was awarded an artist residency in Nunavik by the Quebec Council for the Arts, participated in the 29th Contemporary Art Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, and was selected for the last instalment of the Quebec Triennial at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, in France and United Kingdom.
She worked for 12 years at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and was an Associate Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books. She has taught at Stony Brook in the Art Department since 1979. She was a visiting Professor of Art at Yale University's School of Art from 1995 to 1999. She has received numerous grants and awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Joan Mitchell Grant, a Studio Museum in Harlem Artist Award as well as the Most Distinguished Body of Work or Performance Award in 1990 from the College Art Association.
Her work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Yale Art Museum, New Haven, The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, The Rhode Island School of Art Museum among many others. A book of her writings "The Heart of the Question," was published in 1997 by Midmarch Arts Press, New York.
Caroline Rothwell, born in Yorkshire, England and currently living in Sydney, Australia investigates how ideologies have shaped our contemporary world.
Rothwell has developed a practice that is both sculptural and two-dimensional. Frequently using unique self-devised fabrication methods, she creates a fictional world, imagined but seemingly logical - exploring the unintended consequences of human activity. Her world coagulates the real, the extinct, the impossible and the evolving to create an uncanny milieu that is a collision of art, science and perception.
Rothwell employs materials such as PVC, metals, embroidery, car exhaust emissions and translates them into objects via a series of unconventional processes: molten metal is cast into fabric waste-moulds; PVC is cut into large paintings; nylon is sewn and inflated to create anthropomorphic monuments; car exhaust emissions become delicate paintings.
2014 Projects include: Dark Heart: 2014 Biennial of Australian Art at Art Gallery of South Australia; Urpflanze Street Plants, solo exhibition at Museum of Economic Botany; solo show at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery; Art Basel Hong Kong. Previous projects include; City of Sydney commission; Nottingham University (UK) residency and exhibition, Shepparton Art Museum; installation at The Economist Plaza, London commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society.
Andreas Savva, Cyprus
Andreas Savva (b.1970, Kerynia, Cyprus) employs calculations and measurements in order to locate positions and values. He creates complex impressions for even more complex affairs without omitting the importance of represented ideas. His story, the works he has created and the places he has installed them in, everything that has occurred until now in respect to the artist's cosmos, define an invariable quest for the location of observance. The works' history is not abiding, as they have the prospect of multiple interpretations and relocations. These complex systems that Andreas Savva's suggests, point towards the procedure of identifying the theory which will express the content of his artistic work.
His work has been included in a wide range of international Biennales and exhibitions, (Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Rome, Italy, 1999, cur.: Jannis Kounellis. DestePrize 2001, Deste Foundation Center for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, 2001, cur.: Katerina Gregos. EUROPE EXIST, Macedonian museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2003, cur.: Rosa Martinez & Harald Szeeman. Instant Europe, Villa Manin, Centre for Contemporary Art, Passariano, Italy, 2004, cur.: Francesco Bonami & Sarah Cosulich Canarutto. Action Field Kodra, Artist in Residency programme of Forum European Cultural Exchanges, Thessalonica, Greece, 2008, cur.: Ruth Noack. Open 12 International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations, Venice Lido, Italy, cur.: Olga Daniylopoulou. Mona Hatoum Art Workshop, Villa Iris, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain 2010, cur.: Mona Hatoum. The Little Land Fish, Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, Antrepo Exhibition Venue, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010, cur.: Antonis Danos and Yasa Yaman. UNCOVERED, Nicosia International Airport, Ledra Street Buffer zone, Nicosia, 2011, cur.: Pavlina Paraskevaidou & Basak Senova), art publications and institutional and private collections.
Frauke Schlitz, Germany
Frauke Schlitz, born 1962, is a German artist who lives and works in Stuttgart. In 1992 she was graduated at Berlin University of Arts. Schlitz is known for her installations, drawings and videos inspired by architecture, geography, materiality, poets and philosophers. Imaginations and productions of space, alienation, sacrality, and heterotopia are central parts of her work.
Jessica Segall, USA
Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the Havana Biennial, The National Gallery of Indonesia, The Queens Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum and the National Modern Art Gallery of Mongolia. She is the recipient of grants from Art Matters, the Leighton International Artist Exchange Program, and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, attended artist residencies at Skowhegan, The MacDowell Colony, Bemis, Sculpture Space and SOMA and is a current resident at Triangle Arts. She received her MFA from Columbia University and her BA from Bard College.
Tyler Starr, USA
Sunaura Taylor, USA, Unlimit Art Fellowship
Sunaura Taylor is an artist, writer and activist based in NYC. Taylor's artworks have been exhibited at venues across the country, including the CUE Art Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Berkeley Art Museum. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, a Wynn Newhouse award and an Animals and Culture Grant. Her written work has been printed in various edited collections as well as in publications such as the Monthly Review, Yes! Magazine, American Quarterly and Qui Parle. Taylor worked with philosopher Judith Butler on Astra Taylor's film Examined Life (Zeitgeist 2008). Taylor holds an MFA in art practice from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book Beasts of Burden, which explores the intersections of animal ethics and disability studies, is forthcoming from the Feminist Press. She is currently a PhD student in American Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU.