Artists in Residence
RESIDENCY 21: AUGUST 1-SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
María Magdalena Campos-Pons' work encompasses a range of visual language investigations. Her work emerges from a focus on painting and a discussion of sexuality in the crossroads of Cuban mixed cultural heritage to explore incisive questioning, critique, and insertion of the black body in the contemporary narratives. Installation art, performative photography, and cultural activism define the core of Magdalena’s practice of the last two decades. Campos-pons lives and works in Boston.
Caitlin Cherry’s work often combines painting, sculpture, and installation, merging chaotic figurative compositions on canvas into larger multimedia work. For her exhibition Hero Safe, she built life-size wood-and-rope weapons of war inspired by Leonardo da Vinci – a catapult, a crossbow, and a trebuchet – that use her own paintings as ammunition. Cherry scrutinizes the increasingly war-driven mindset of the United States by militarizing its last frontier – Art. Cherry is based in Brooklyn.
Josephine Halvorson makes paintings of objects and surfaces. Working on-site over the course of daylight hours, latent histories are expressed and unexpected understandings of the everyday emerge; traces of human activity, composition of material, and evidence of energy surface in the paintings. Focusing on the routinely overlooked, she finds liveliness in stillness and the unforeseen in the obvious. Halvorson lives and works in western Massachusetts.
Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine "progress" and its alternatives. In her work across media, she explores ideas of improvisation, repetition, and the fugitive in black history and vernacular culture. She has increasingly turned toward collective readings of black historical literature as a strategy in her investigations, and through her publishing project, Future Plan and Program, has commissioned literary work by artists of color. Jemison is based in Brooklyn.
Dinh Q. Le
Dinh Q. Lê’s artistic practice challenges how memories are recalled with context in contemporary life. Whether provoking the dominance of film and media in the creation of historical legacy; highlighting the confluence of cultural tradition and contemporary tragedy in his woven photographs; or documenting the un-chronicled stories of those who endured the first helicopter war – he is committed to the artistic process as a means of excavating history. Lê lives in Ho Chi Minh City.
Neil Leonard started out as a visual artist but as he became interested in music, found himself drawn to ensembles that fused music, art, dance, film, poetry, and performance. He has created works for saxophone/live electronics, improvising ensembles and orchestra, as well as sound for film, video, dance, and experimental theater and installation. He is the Artistic Director of Berklee College of Music’s Interdisciplinary Arts Institute in Boston.
Harold Mendez (3Arts Fellow)**
Harold Mendez’s work focuses on mediated acts of looking that evoke a larger sense of anxiety and unease. He aims to give new form to visual and textual fragments; thus, history is not only an affirmed past, but a potential future. Using a diverse array of materials – reclaimed objects and appropriated and subverted images – he draws from ideas of absence and displacement to reconstruct place and identity. Mendez lives in Chicago.
Thenmozhi Soundararajan (Artist as Activist)*
Transmedia Artist, Project Director of #DALITWOMENFIGHT
Dalit-American artist Thenmozhi Soundararajan believes story is the most important unit of social change. Her project, #DALITWOMENFIGHT, exposes the core issue of India’s rape crisis: caste-based sexual violence. Since 2014, she and other Dalit women have caravanned across India and the world, stopping to comfort survivors, confront perpetrators, and stage mass protests. The project will culminate in art documenting the movement, and will look into the lives of Dalit women while exposing India’s culture of impunity.
Deanna Van Buren (Artist as Activist)*
Architect, Project Director of Pop-Up Resource Village
Deanna Van Buren is a San Francisco-based architect and thought leader who researches, formulates, and advocates for restorative justice centers. Her project, Pop-Up Resource Village, is harnessing the impact of design to address social challenges that lead to and have been created by mass incarceration. It does so through a mobile infrastructure that provides education, social services, and shelter for the formerly incarcerated as well as homeless populations and chronically undeserved communities in San Francisco.
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Wally Cardona in partnership with Danspace Project
RESIDENCY 23: NOVEMBER 14-DECEMBER 16, 2016
Muralist, member of People’s Climate Arts
Oral Historian, member of People’s Climate Arts, Collaborator with Raul Ayala
Director of Performance
Media and Digital Storyteller, member of People’s Climate Arts, Collaborator with Rachel Schragis
Visual Artist/Social Practice Artist, member of People’s Climate Arts
* The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artist as Activist Fellowship provides independent artists and art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere with monetary grants over two years along with access to opportunities for professional advancement. Fellows are also invited to participate in the Rauschenberg Residency program.
** The Rauschenberg Residency has partnered with 3Arts to host two Fellows in 2015–16. 3Arts is a nonprofit organization that advocates for Chicago’s women artists, artists of color, and artists with disabilities who work in the performing, teaching, and visual arts.
*** Photolucida is an arts nonprofit that expands, inspires, educates, and connects the regional, national, and international photography community. Photolucida’s Critical Mass program aims to provide participants with career-building opportunities, including the Rauschenberg Residency Award.