Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera

 AlexisRuiseco-Lombera_Untitled(silueta performance 001) Silver Gelatin Print 2017  30x40in.

AlexisRuiseco-Lombera_Untitled(silueta performance 001) Silver Gelatin Print 2017  30x40in.

B. Guines, Cuba. Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera is a Cuban born-American photographer based in Brooklyn. Their work investigates notions of identity, trauma, and displacement, responding to hyper-masculinity within Cuban culture. Determined by memory, revolution, and family (both created and inherited) their image making is prompted by the intersection between the LGBTQI+ and Cuban community and what is introjected and asserted in and between these seemingly disparate identities. As the actor and director they explore the physicality of performance, in their self-portraiture and portraiture, to examine personal and social narratives of intimacy and sexual identity. Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera received his BFA from Parsons in 2016 and has shown works at Milk Gallery NYC, Kendal Gallery in Miami, the Leslie Lohman Museum(forthcoming), has been featured in VICE, Teeth Magazine, has been awarded the EnFoco Fellowship in 2018, and has been a performer at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Kean O'Brien

 Kean O'Brien -  Mapping A Genocide 2016

Kean O'Brien -  Mapping A Genocide 2016

Kean O’Brien is an artist and educator living in Los Angeles. His work revolves around ideas of deconstructing and reconstructing masculinity, queer strategies for survival, binary systems of oppression, and the construction of identification. Kean holds an MFA from CalArts, a BFA from SAIC and is currently the Associate Chair of Photography at The New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. He is an organizer with The Los Angeles Tenants Union, which demands truly affordable and safe housing for renters by fighting for universal rent control. He has worked with the coalition BHAAAD (Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement), where he is in solidarity with the community of Boyle Heights in fighting artwashing as a form of gentrification

www.keanobrien.com

Gaby Collins-Fernandez

 Gaby Collins-Fernandez Family Portrait Sphinx oil, acrylic and digital photocollage on terrycloth 38" x 40"

Gaby Collins-Fernandez Family Portrait Sphinx oil, acrylic and digital photocollage on terrycloth 38" x 40"

Gaby Collins-Fernandez (b. USA, 1987) is an artist living and working in New York City. She holds degrees from Dartmouth College (B.A.) and the Yale School of Art (M.F.A., Painting/Printmaking). Her work has been shown in the US and internationally, most recently at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama Nathalie Karg Gallery, Danese Corey, and currently in an exhibition at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. Her work has been discussed in publications such as The Brooklyn Rail and artcritical. She is a recipient of a Fellowship at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, and a 2013 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Art Award. Collins-Fernandez is also a writer whose texts have appeared in publications such as the popular Painting on Paintings blog, The Miami Rail, and The Brooklyn Rail. Her translations with Kimberly Kruge of Golden Age Spanish sonnets was published in 2015 in Riot of Perfume. Collins-Fernandez is also an editor and founder of Precog Magazine, and is a co-director of the New York-based art and music collaborative, BombPop!Up. Her work is in the collections of the Bowdoin Museum of Art, Maine, and the Alex Katz Foundation, NY.

www.gabycollinsfernandez.com

Helen Betya Rubinstein

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Helen Betya Rubinstein’s creative essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Okey-Panky, The Paris Review Daily, and Witness, among others, and her opinions in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Forward, The LA Review of Books, and The New York Times. Her writing has been honored in the Best American Nonrequired Reading and Best Women’s Travel Writing series. She was the Provost’s Postgraduate Visiting Writer at the University of Iowa and the R.P. Dana Emerging Writer Fellow at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and is now institutionally and geographically untethered.

http://www.helenbetya.com

Yanira Castro

 Yanira Castro Court/Garden Performance work 2015 Federal Hall, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's River To River Festival photo by Maria Baranova photo

Yanira Castro Court/Garden Performance work 2015 Federal Hall, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's River To River Festival photo by Maria Baranova photo

Yanira Castro's interdisciplinary work takes the form of live performances and installations that incorporate text, movement and video. The work focuses on the significance of gathering and watching--the historical, political and social resonances of the act of being present together in performance. In her work, Castro negotiates complexities of sources, authorship and practice with a team of collaborators (including the audience) to build the work as a communal act. Castro is a Puerto-Rican artist based in Brooklyn. In 2009, she formed the interdisciplinary collaborative group, a canary torsi, an anagram of her name. Her work has been presented and commissioned extensively in New York by organizations including The Chocolate Factory Theater, Abrons Arts Center, Invisible Dog Art Center, ISSUE Project Room, Danspace Project, and Dance Theater Workshop. She is a 2016 NY Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellow, 2017 Gibney Dance Center DiP Artist, and a participant of LMCC’s Extended Life program (2017-2015). She has been a Returning Choreographic Fellow at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Vermont Performance Lab Artist, BRIClab Artist, Dance New Amsterdam Artist-in-Residence, Artist Ne(s)t AIR (Romania), Sugar Salon Fellow, and Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow. Her work has been recognized with awards including NEFA’s National Dance Project, The Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund, New Music USA, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and USArtists International. In 2009, she won a Bessie Award for “Dark Horse/Black Forest” at The Gershwin Hotel presented by PS122. The archive for her participatory performance project, "The People to Come" (thepeopletocome.org), was featured in The New Museum’s exhibit “Performance Archiving Performance” in 2013. In 2017, her trilogy of works CAST, STAGE, AUTHOR were presented simultaneously over three weeks in NYC by three commissioning organizations, The Chocolate Factory, Abrons Arts Center and The Invisible Dog Art Center. Castro received her B.A. in Theater & Dance and Literature from Amherst College and in 2017 received an honorary doctorate from her alma mater.

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Xandra Ibarra

 Ibarra's interactive treadmill and video installation invites the viewer to cross the border in tandem with her via video. The viewer must walk on the treadmill in order for the video to play. The video captures Xandra Ibarra running on the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo and various locations in the Chihuahuan desert between the United States and Mexico on the border of El Paso/Juarez

Ibarra's interactive treadmill and video installation invites the viewer to cross the border in tandem with her via video. The viewer must walk on the treadmill in order for the video to play. The video captures Xandra Ibarra running on the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo and various locations in the Chihuahuan desert between the United States and Mexico on the border of El Paso/Juarez

Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border who performs and sometimes works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, and Mexicanidad. Her practice integrates performance, sex acts, and burlesque with video, photography, and objects. Ibarra’s work has been featured at El Museo de Arte Contemporañeo (Bogotá, Colombia), Broad Museum (LA, USA), Popa Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Joe’s Pub (NYC), PPOW Gallery (NYC), and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF) to name a few. Recent residencies include Marble House Project, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, National Performance Network, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. She has been awarded the Art Matters Grant, NALAC Fund for the Arts, ReGen Artist Fund, and the Franklin Furnace Performance and Variable Media Award. Currently, Ibarra is co-curator of EN CUATRO PATAS, a feminist Latinx performance art series that will take place throughout 2018 at The Broad Museum. Ibarra’s work has also been featured in several recent and forthcoming books. Juana Maria Rodriguez’s Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings features her performance “I am your Puppet” (2007) while Amber Jamilla Musser’s Brown Jouissance: Feminine Imaginings includes a chapter about Ibarra’s collaboration with performance artist Amber Hawk Swanson, “Untitled Fucking” (2013). Leticia Alvarado’s Abject Performances: Aesthetic Strategies in Latino Cultural Production features Ibarra’s “Skins” (2015) performance work on the cover. As a community organizer, Ibarra’s work is located within immigrant, anti-rape and prison abolitionist movements. Since 2003, she has actively participated in organizing with INCITE!, a national feminist of color organization dedicated to creating interventions at the intersection of state and interpersonal violence. She currently lectures within the Critical Studies program at California College of the Arts.

www.xandraibarra.com

Rosana Cabán

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A still with one of my synthesizers, a Korg Volca Keys. I'm learning to create external MIDI controllers out of objects like light sculptures that can control the Volca Keys, or other synthesizers using MIDI data.

Rosana Cabán is a Brooklyn based sound artist and musician. Along with national touring with the band Psychic Twin, she has performed as a musician off Broadway (Cruel Intentions the Musical) and in museums and alternative spaces such as the Ace Hotel New York for “Roto Hotel”, the Brooklyn Museum for "The Oral History of the Female Drummer” and Naama Tsabars’ "composition 20" on the High Line in Manhattan. She has a recording studio in Brooklyn where she is currently writing and producing an EP that will be part visual installation, part music recording

Amanny Ahmad

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Amanny Ahmad is an artist, chef, forager, ikebana enthusiast, writer, food activist and traveler based in new york city. born in utah to palestinian immigrants, ahmad spent her early life traveling back-and-forth between the southwest and her family’s village in the west bank, where her interest in foraging began, evolving as a way of preserving the culinary traditions of her family. since then, ahmad, who is a self-taught chef, has studied culinary traditions and wild food ways in italy, mexico, palestine, and north america, in an effort to record and help preserve indigenous culinary traditions and methods of survival.

www.amannyahmad.com