My practice considers memory and trauma while enacting an undoing of language. I work from the archive of my own body creating new syntax for knowing and not knowing, thereby marking the difference between witnessing and watching. To see is unbearable. Through video, sculpture, images, and text I utilize the framework of self-portraiture to survey traces of trauma inscribed on the body. This work addresses the violence of the everyday and it’s slow palimpsestic accumulation. The self is contextual; contingent upon geography, system, relationship, memory, knowing–through proximity the body is rendered and marked.
I am dedicated to an engagement with filmic language and the poetic. Through such I have been making a series of video portraits sifted through the lens of my father’s narrative– an inmate at numerous California prisons over the past 19 years. These works become a portrait of him, California in the 80s, the Prison Industrial Complex (and it’s micro economies), violence, myself and the legacy of constructed fictions.
Using aerial views of prison complexes as a point of reference, I extracts colors (blues in particular), demarcation lines, and other fragments that touch on the experience of visiting my father in various prisons over the past 19 years. The subsequent works examine and dismantle regulatory codes that are both embedded in the body yet deeply impersonal, creating a space where achieving normalcy begets an alien, unfamiliar presence.
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Madison, ME
Parsons The New School For Design, New York, NY
MFA in Design & Technology
2011 Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA
BA in Studio Art & Film
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS
With Liberty and (in)Justice For All?, Gateway Project Spaces, Newark, NJ
Partner in Crime, Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Focus on the Funk: Journeys, Serpentine Gallery & Birbeck College, London England
Over the Wall, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Comrade What is Your Visual Bond? Sunday Sessions: Screening, MoMA PS1, New York, NY
History As I Know It, On the Ground Floor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
History As I Know It, IMPeRFeCT Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
La Lucha II Dom & Haiti Visions of Tomorrow, Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY
Blue is Ubiquitous and Forbidden, SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Dis Place, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Inherited, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
Consequential Translations, Centro Cultural de Espana, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
La Lucha, Rio Penthouse Gallery, New York, NY
RESPOND, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
Yeah That’s What She Said, Specials On C, New York, NY
Contemporary Temporary Sound Works And Music, Eyebeam, New York, NY
Gaze Series #5: Transgressions, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, CA
Present Futures, The Mandrake, Los Angeles, CA
PERFORMANCES & READINGS
The Listening Party, MoMA Pop Rally, New York, NY
Sable Elyse Smith & Camel Collective, The Poetry Project, New York, NY
Reading & Launch Selfish Magazine: Issue 3, Over the Eight, Brooklyn, NY,
Mirror/Echo/Tilt, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture: New York, New York, NY
Reading: Blue is Ubiquitous and Forbidden, SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Sifting, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY
“AUNTSforcamera” Artist-Devised Tour, New Museum, New York, NY
Heart, Voice, Song: Three Meeting Performances, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY
Fallow Time: Movement Research Festival: Through Body, Through Earth, Through Speech, Queens Museum, New York, NY
Dissident Futures Art and Ideals Festival,Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Through Body, Through Earth, Through Speech, Eyebeam, New York, NY
Performative Reading Event for Daily Violence with Huong Ngo,
The Window at 125, New York, NY
The Future is Fantastic (If You Want It), New Museum, New York, NY
TALKS & SEMINARS
In Conversation w/Shaun Leonardo, March 23, 2016, BRIC, New York, NY
Comrade What is Your Visual Bond? Sunday Sessions: Panel, MoMA PS1, New York, NY
“New Museum R&D Seminar: Persona,” Selected Participant, New Museum, New York, NY
“Dis Place: Artist Talk,” The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY
“I Can’t Breath: Conversation w/ Shaun Leonardo Moderated by Kimberly Drew,” August 14, 2015. BRIC, Brooklyn, NY
“In Conversation: Ayana Jackson and Monique Long,” Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY
“Subtleties of Resistance” Free University at Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby” In dialogue with Nicole Fleetwood, New York, NY
Panel Participant: “It Is All Here.” Memories Can’t Wait. December 14, 2012. The International Center for Photography, New York, NY.
Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
PUBLISHED TEXT & ARTWORK
“Ecstatic Resilience,” Essay, Recess Art (online).
“Blue is Ubiquitous and Forbidden,” Story, Selfish Magazine.
“Studio Visit: Troy Michie,” Article, Studio Magazine. The Studio Museum in Harlem
“Sadie Barnette,” Article, No Tofu Magazine. No Tofu Media.
“Studio Visit: niv Acosta,” Article, Studio Magazine. The Studio Museum in Harlem
“Performing Prison: The Art of Incarceration,” Article, Studio Magazine. Studio Museum in Harlem
“Pattie Jordan,” Interview, No Tofu Magazine. No Tofu Media.
“Orange is Two Shades of Gray,” Essay, No Tofu Magazine. No Tofu Media.
“The History of Silence,” Artist Book, The Institute for the Research & Reinsertion of Diasporic Memory.
“IT IS ALL HERE,” Photo Essay, Radical Teacher, #94.University of Illinois Press.
“The World According to Hate,” Short Story, Anthology, London Metropolitan University.
GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Queens Museum Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artist
Recess Art: Critical Writing Fellow
Emerging Artist Fellowship Socrates Sculpture Park
Creative Capital Fellow
Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
The Creators Project: VICE
The New York Times
Walker Art Center Blog
Art in America
Sculpture Center Tumblr Featured Artist