Jualia Kouneski

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Artist Statement

My practice revolves around an exploration of the sensitive body. As a form of embodied research, I draw from various movement and somatic-based practices to inform my knowledge of the body from within, and to practice expanding my sensorial and feeling capacities. I view the larger context of my practice as an experimental proposal for a type of radical empathy.

My work manifests as performance and video: mediums which carry the possibility for transformation with time. ‘Performance’ for me is not a strictly predetermined set of actions, but leaves space open for improvisation, chance, and the precarity of the unknown.

Precarity is a space I often inhabit as I navigate the limits between my self and an other. In Scaling Copan (2009), my collaborator Michelle Williams Gamaker and I crawl along the literal boundary of the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Copan Building. In this instance, our resonant bodies (a term used by Brazilian theorist Suely Rolnik to describe the capacity to ‘feel’ an Other) are in relationship to the Modernist architecture, as well as the space beyond its borders. In First Encounter (2012), an empty white studio becomes charged with the experience of meeting each other for the first time through smell rather than language. It (2015), focuses on the relationship between the performers and the audience. Performed in a public skyway, our compromised vision while holding binoculars produces slow and awkward movements. As we attempt to find and respond to passersby, we become the surveillors as well as the surveilled.

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Born 1985

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Education

2014

MFA University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2007

BFA University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2006

New York Arts Program, New York, NY

International Residencies

2015

FD13 Residency for the Arts -­ St.Paul, MN

2009

Capacete -­ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Solo Exhibitions and Performances

2015

It (Skyway Performance)-­ FD13 Residency for the Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2015

It-­ Metro Pcs, Los Angeles, CA

2014

Crotch to Crown-­ Gayle and Ed Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014

Baba Antropofágica (Re-­creation)-­ DIANA, Los Angeles, CA

2010

Aural Portraits-­ Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2009

Sensual Cannibalism-­ Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings

2015

HomeLA -­ Cudayh, Los Angeles, CA

Violence, Nudes, and Grandmas -­ The Situation Room, Los Angeles, CA

2014

A Meerkats Whistle -­ 3 Days Awake, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Shipwrecked -­ Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012

Bosch Art Film -­ Verkade Fabriek, Den Bosch, Netherlands

2011

Jerome Fellowship Exhibition -­ MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Bosch Art Film -­ Verkade Fabriek, Den Bosch, Netherlands

2010

Body/Space Mechanics -­ De Hallen Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

Spatial Relations -­ Centrum Contemporary Kultur, Berlin, Germany

Finale – Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2009

Dance Film Project -­ Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2009

Space: Organization of Bodies + Objects -­ Wartesaal,Perla-­Mode, Zurich, Switzerland

2008

Pay Attention: Greater Minneapolis 08 -­ The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN

2007

Minnesota Biennial: 3DII -­ Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MN

Awards

2013-­14

Teaching Assistantship -­ USC Roski School of Art and Design

2012-­13

Teaching Assistantship-­ USC Roski School of Art and Design

2010-­11

Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists

2009

Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant

2006

Katherine E. Nash Studio Art Scholarship

Artist Lectures

2015

Post-­ Performance Discussion -­ FD13 Residency for the Arts, St.Paul, MN

2014

Guest Artist Lecturer -­ The Body Eclectic, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2011

Jerome Fellowship Artist Panel Discussion, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

2010

Artist Lecture, with Michelle Gamaker -­ De Hallen Haarlem Museum ¨†Netherlands

2009

Artist in Residence Lecture-­ Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2008

MN Biennial Artist Lectures-­ Minnesota Museum of American Art, St.Paul, MN