Residency Dates: September 22 – October 7, 2015
Artist, curator, and cultural organizer, Iraheta studied Applied Arts at Centro Nacional de Artes (CENAR) and the University Dr. José Matías Delgado in El Salvador (1995); Graphic Arts at the Chicago Cultural Center, USA (1997), and the School of Visual Arts, La Esmeralda, México, DF (2000). He was also professor of the School of Communication and of the University Dr. José Matías Delgado (1995-2000).
Regina José Galindo
Residency Dates: September 27 – October 5, 2015
Galindo a visual artist specializing in performance art. Her work explores the universal ethical implications of social injustice, discrimination related to race, gender, and other abuses involved in the unequal power relations that operate in our current society. She has participated in events such as the 54, 53, 51 and 49th Venice Biennale; XI International Biennial of Cuenca; 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts of Ljubljana; The Sharjah Biennial; Pontevedra Biennial 2010; 17th Biennale of Sydney; II Moscow Biennale; First Auckland Triennial, Venice-Istanbul; First Biennial of Art and Architecture Canary Islands; IV Bienal de Valencia; Third Biennial of Albania; Prague Biennale II and Third Biennial of Lima. Galindo is also a poet. In 1998, she received the Award for Poetry from Myrna Mack Foundation. Her texts are part of several anthologies and magazines, and in 1996 Coloquia Foundation published her book Personal e Intransmisible.
Residency Dates: September 30 – October 4, 2015
A Panamanian architect with titles from the University of Panama and the Savannah College of Art and Design, he runs a one-man architecture studio based in his apartment in Panama City. Montañez teaches Architectural Design and Panamanian Architecture at the University of Panama and at ISTHMUS– School of Art and Architecture of Latin America and the Caribbean, both in Panama City.
Gabriela Sáenz Shelby
Residency Dates: September 30 – October 5, 2015
Sáenz Shelby is the General Director of the Foundation ARS TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. She has a Master degree in History and a Bachelor degree in Art History from the University of Costa Rica. Sáenz Shelby was Director of the Museum of Costa Rican Art (2006-2008) and co-curator of the exhibition The possibilities of the gaze at the Museum of Costa Rican Art (2003-2005) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chile (2007). She has been a consultant to museums, an independent researcher and professor at the National University and the University of Costa Rica. Sáenz Shelby has published several essays in books and specialized magazines. Her research interests include the study of political and social situations that have influenced the formation of art collections in Costa Rican public institutions and the history of exhibitions in Costa Rica and Central America. In 2009, she received the award “Contributions to Creativity and Excellence 2009” granted by Florida Ice & Farm Co.
Residency Dates: November 12 – November 24, 2015
Sunder-Plassmann works with photography, film/video and installation. Her work is essentially autobiographically motivated with a philosophical background. It develops out of a balance between cognitive and intuitive impulses. She investigates issues of time and light as sculptural elements, questioning the fine line between material reality and the materialization of the ephemeral. Thematically she challenges and reveals human nature, psychology and perception.
Residency Dates: November 12 – November 24, 2015
Abstract, expressionistic, audacious, Ina Lindeman is known for her strong visual statements. Bold gestures add up to subtle complexities, which allow ongoing discoveries. As she suggests in her titles, the color strokes offer narrative and metaphorical interpretations alike. Ina’s career spans over more than two decades with exhibitions in Germany and inter-nationally, including Korea, Russia, Italy, USA, Poland, Peru, Spain, Latvia, Switzer-land, France. Her collectors are sophist aced individuals and corporations. Her works have been acquired by the Raddisson Blue Hotel in Hamburg, The Maritime Pro Arte Hotel Berlin, the Dorinth Dusseldorf and the national German Television ZDF.
Residency Dates: November 19 – December 7, 2015
Working in large-scale installations, video, photography and painting, she earned her BFA from Hamidrasha School of Art and her MFA in Haifa University. She has exhibited in over 20 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions worldwide, among them: Arte Laguna, Arsenal of Venice; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA), Jersey City; Art in General, New York; and Goethe-Institut, St. Petersburg.
Residency Dates: January 21 – February 18, 2016
Asseff’s diverse body of work includes photography, installation, video, interactive pieces, sculpture, objects and site-specific works. Her works can be found in the collections of the Tate Modern (London), J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam (Havana) and ARTER (Istanbul); and in Argentina, the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Fondo Nacional de las Artes, the Museo Castagnino+MACRO (Rosario), the Palais de Glace (Buenos Aires), the Museo E. Caraffa (Córdoba) and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires). She has received numerous distinctions, prizes and awards. Her work has been featured in publications including magazines: TIME, L’Insensé Photo, Fototazo 2015, Magazine Photoworld China, 2014, Auto Focus; and books The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photograph, Fotografía en Argentina 1840-2010, POETICAS CONTEMPORANEAS_Artes visuales en Argentina 1990-2010, and others. Asseff has also participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Holland, Mexico, Paris, Spain, Switzerland, United States and China.
Residency Dates: April 28 – April 30, 2016
Since 1962, John Giorno has been disseminating his streetwise, pioneering poetry to audiences worldwide. He lifts his poems off the page, delivering them through rhythmic performances; paintings, prints, and installations; and in LPs, mixed with music. Among his most iconic works is his “Dial-A-Poem” project (begun 1968), in which a telephone number leads to short readings by a host of writers, artists, and activists, among them Allen Ginsburg and John Cage. Giorno forged his art in 1960s New York, and was associated with numerous important figures from that period, including Andy Warhol, the Beat writers, and avant-garde performers—who all influenced his generous, democratic work. Throughout his career he has collaborated with figures such as poet William S. Burroughs, musician Patti Smith and experimental sound artists Robert Moog—among many others. Describing his relationship with his audience, he states: “I’m giving out energy, and I’m holding up a mirror to their minds. It’s not me they’re looking at—it’s into their own minds. That’s what a great poem is.”
Residency Dates: May 10 – May 17, 2016
Taylor Renee received her M.L.A from Harvard University in Museum Studies. She received her B.A from Howard University in Art History and Business Administration. Taylor has worked at the The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University), and has been awarded with the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions).
Taylor’s interests lie at the intersection of cultural institutions, cultural representation, arts, and policy. In 2015, she co-founded ARTS.BLACK, an online publication for art criticism from black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue – a tool through which we question, celebrate and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. Taylor Renee is currently working as an arts administrator and writer in her hometown, Detroit, Michigan.
Susan Hellman Spatafora
Residency Dates: May 24 – June 2, 2016
Susan Hellman has a strong background in grants administration, having previously worked in New York City for the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, GHS Philanthropy Management and The Paul Klebnikov Fund, among others. She currently serves as the Arts & Development Associate for St. Petersburg Opera Company in Florida.
Ms. Hellman divides her time between her arts administration and development career, and her performing career as an operatic soprano.
Ms. Hellman has performed several roles with the St. Petersburg Opera, most notably the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah, Micaëla in Carmenand Mimi in La Bohème. She was also recently heard as soprano soloist in Andrea Clearfield’s The Long Bright with North Carolina’s Women’s Voices Chorus. Known for her winning interpretations of Puccini’s soprano heroines, Ms. Hellman has performed Mimi in La Bohème with Palm Beach Opera, Sarasota Opera, as well as Cio-Cio San inMadama Butterfly with Central City Opera. She has received awards in the Palm Beach Opera Competition and Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition. Ms. Hellman received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, and Master’s degree from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.
Residency Dates: May 30 – June 5, 2016
As Violinist and violist, LaDonna Smith has been on the international new music scene for more than 30 years. She is an active performer, as well as an educator and native of Birmingham, Alabama. By networking with organizers and musicians from other cities, and as producer/editor of the improvisor, she has been an avid warrior, promoting the improvisational arts, and keeping this music alive in Alabama, and encouraging networking in the Southern Eastern United States. From touring the world, producing and hosting numerous concerts since the 1970’s, to organizing the Birmingham Improv Festival, celebrating 30 year anniversary of the improvisor, the international journal of free improvisation, she has invited to Alabama performers from Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, England, Russia and Ukraine, as well as Japan and Australia for concerts, workshops, and residencies, as well as a host of regional and national participants in music, theatre, and dance.
Residency Dates: May 30 – June 5, 2016
Williams began on guitar at age 12. He played in rock bands in high school, and studied with blues musician Johnny Shines from the late 1960s until 1971. Early in the 1970s Williams played in the University of Alabama B Jazz Ensemble and the Salt & Pepper Soul Band. He also started working with LaDonna Smith around this time, and founded a musical ensemble/recording project called Transmuseq. He toured the U.S. and Europe in 1978. Early in the 1980s he worked in a blues band called Trains in Trouble, then joined Curlew in 1986, who released several albums on Cuneiform Records through the 1990s.
In the 1980s he also worked with Col. Bruce Hampton and OK, Nurse, and in the early 1990s played in a punk rock band called Fuzzy Sons. Concomitantly with Fuzzy Sons, Williams played in an improvisational three-piece called Say What?, and worked with Jim Staley and Ikue Mori. Williams has appeared live at some 1,500 concerts worldwide.
Williams co-founded The Improviser, a journal of experimental music, in 1981. He has also worked as a music critic for the Birmingham News and published freelance criticism elsewhere.
Residency Dates: July 5 – July 17, 2016
Hew Locke (b. Edinburgh, UK, 1959) spent his formative years (1966-1980) in Guyana before returning to the UK to complete an MA in sculpture at the Royal College of Art (1994).
Locke explores the languages of colonial and post-colonial power, how different cultures fashion their identities through visual symbols of authority, and how these representations are altered by the passage of time. These explorations have led Locke to a wide range of subject matters, imagery and media, assembling sources across time and space in his deeply layered artworks.
Coats-of-arms, public statuary, trophies, weaponry, naval warships and the costumes and regalia of state are appropriated in Locke’s sculptures, wall-hangings, installations and photographs in a continued deconstruction of state power’s iconicity and histories. Particularly renowned are his early portraits of the Queen and other monarchical figures, traditional symbols of imperial authority represented in order to consider its contemporary and commercial relevance. These portraits, however, are just one motif in Locke’s ongoing examination of the economies of power. More recently, Locke has explored ships as images, objects and also physical sites for artistic interventions, discovering in the ship a potent symbolism as an instrument of control in warfare, trade and culture. He has also initiated a series of altered share certificates, now-obsolete documents referring to this same violent, turbulent history of colonial trade, ownership and power, as well as subtly referencing the contemporary art world’s participation in commodity culture.
Across his work, Locke’s ability to fuse existing material and historic sources with his own political or cultural concerns, whether via visual juxtapositions or through the re-working of a pre-existing object or photograph, leads to witty and innovative amalgamations of history and modernity. This layering of time is accompanied by a unique merging of influences from the artist’s native Guyana and London, where Locke now lives and works, leading to richly textured, visually vibrant pieces that stand on a crossroad of histories, cultures and media.
Locke’s works have been included in The Folkestone Triennial (2011), the 54th and 55th Venice Biennale (2011, 2013), Deptford X (2012, participating artist curator) and Prospect New Orleans Contemporary Art Biennial, New Orleans, LA, USA (2014). In 2010, Locke’s work, Sikandar, was shortlisted for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square (London). In 2015, Hew Locke was commissioned by Surrey County Council and National Trust to create The Jurors, a public artwork at Runnymede commemorating the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. His work is also included in the major exhibition Artist and Empire at Tate Britain (2015-16), travelling to the National Gallery of Singapore.
Selected shows include National Portrait Gallery (London), El Museo de Bario (New York), Fondation Clément (Martinique), the Bell House (Prague), Kunsthal KAdE (Netherlands), Tate Britain (London), V&A Museum (London), the New Art Gallery (Walsall), Rivington Place (London), the Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool), the British Museum (London), the New Art Exchange (Nottingham), the Luckman Gallery (LA), the New York Museum of Art and Design (New York), Atlanta Contemporary Arts (US), the Brooklyn Museum (New York), and Perez Art Museum Miami (FL, USA).
Locke’s work is represented in many collections including the Government Art Collection (UK), Miami Art Museum (US), Tate Gallery (UK), the Arts Council of England (UK), the Collection of Eileen and Peter Norton (US), the Brooklyn Museum (New York), the Arnold Lehman Collection (US), the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (US), Kansas City Collection (US), the RSID Museum (Rhode Island), the New Art Gallery (Walsall), Victoria & Albert Museum Drawing Collection (London), the British Museum (London) and the Henry Moore Institute (Leeds).