Yulan Grant

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Artitst Statement

I’m a New York based multi-disciplinary artist from Kingston, Jamaica. As a creative positioned betweenCaribbean and American culture, my work interrogates ideas of identity, notions of power, perceived histories and the entanglements that happens within these topics. I use it to better understand the complicated relationships I have with my family. I use it to come to terms with the trauma I experienced from situations outside of my control, but most importantly I use this to find out more about myself.

I’m finally willing to admit that I’m a digital hoarder. My hard drives and my cloud are bursting with artifacts from every far flung corner of the web just begging to be used. It’s in part an attempt to create a traceable digital
archive of things I enjoy throughout the years, but I also need them to carve out my story. This practice comes from a pragmatic solution to not having immediate access to video and sound equipment when I started these projects. As a result, I started using other people’s digital information to create my own narrative.

My own presence in these pieces comes from my need to be wrapped in the media I find. It becomes obsessive. I like to watch these static moments in time morph through my simultaneous manipulation and projection of ideas. I go back and forth, inserting my stories with theirs, cohabitating non linear storylines,hoping to find something close to home.

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EDUCATION 

Was never really my thing.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2017
Julius Eastman Retrospective, Bowerbird, Philadelphia, PA 
2016
people sometimes, die  Edel Assanti, London, U.
Authority Figure, Knockdown Center, Brooklyn, NY 
Dear Betty : Run Fast, Bite Hard Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy 
2015
WE BEEN HERE TM, Paradise Garage, Los Angeles, CAWE BEEN HERE : CATACLYSM, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY 
POWERPLNT, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, New York, NY 
New Negress Film Society  ‘I Cried, Power!’, The Emerson, Brooklyn, NY 
Creamcake, Sudblock, Berlin, Germany 
UNREALITY, Zucher Salon at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 
2014
KNOW WHO YOU ARE AT EVERY AGE, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY 
Honest Bodies, Project Reach, New York, NY
Future Perfect, Bureau of General Services-‐Queer Division, Cage Gallery, NY
Health GAP Global Health Justice Awards, Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY 

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2017WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE, Fridman Gallery, New York, NY 
Hallucinema : Intersection of Hallucination & Media, The New School, New York, NY  
2016
Discwoman  Industry Women II, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY  

Guzzum Power, Fridman Gallery, New York, NY 
2015
Ephemimora, Illuminus Festival, Boston, MA 
TOP-‐A-‐TOPPA, Stream Gallery, New York 
NY HOT MEET, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY 
Expansion Foam, C’mon Everybody, Brooklyn, NY  
Cloud, AC Institute, New York, NY
A/S/L, De Construkt, Brooklyn, NY  

 

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS///LECTURES

2017
Women* in Electronic Music, Stanford University, CA 

Nylon PRIDE Panel, New York, NY  
2016 
Frontlines : Women of Color on the Forefront of Activism, Columbia Law School, New 
York, NY  
Alternate Futures, Parsons The New School for Design MFA Design & Technology, New York, NY  
2015
Social Medium : Art Making with Social Media, Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY
The Serpent and the Rainbow  in conversation with Mega Max, A.C. Institute, New 
York, NY 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY///PUBLICATIONS

2017
PIN UP Magazine, POWER Issue 21, p. 56   Man About Town, Weve Got The Right, Winter/Spring 16/17 

http://www.artforum.com/picks/id=58036 
Iadoarola, Alexander. KUNQ member SHYBOI deftly explores traumas and power traps on new mix https://thump.vice.com/en_us/track/kunq-‐member-‐shybi-‐deftly-‐explores-‐
traumas-‐and-‐power-‐ traps-‐on-‐new-‐mix  
Parker, Rianna. 5 Artists Explain How Digital Art Can Make the World Better 
http://www.thefader.com/2016/02/29/artists-‐explain-‐how-‐digital-‐art-‐can-‐improve-‐the-‐real-‐world  
2015
Kaleidoscope Magazine, “POST-‐WOMAN”, Issue 23, Winter 2015, p.91  
Drew, Kimberly. “Towards A Digital Landscape” http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2015/equity-‐ representation-‐future-‐digital-‐art  
2014
“Bad Grammar,” QUEER ZINES 2, AA Bronson, Philip Aarons, Ray Cha, eds. (New 
York, NY: Printed Matter, Inc., 2014): 24-‐25.  

RESIDENCIES 

 

2017
Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY   

Ace Hotel AIR, New York, NY 
2015
Kaleidoscope Magazine Digital Residency, Instagram, World Wide Web