Zain Alam

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Zain Alam For Love, From the Law 2017 Audio/video 3:27 Premiered on Vice/Noisey Photo c/o Ilana Milner (

Zain Alam is an artist whose work explores the life of minorities and marginalized groups—particularly at moments of self-preservation, assimilation, and cultural innovation. Described as “a unique intersection, merging the cinematic formality of Bollywood and geometric repetition of Islamic art,” his recording project Humeysha has been covered by Vice, Fader, and Village Voice. His work has been supported by ArtCenter/South Florida, Harvard University, and the South Asian American Digital Archive. His writings on art and religion have been published in Miami Rail, Buzzfeed, and The New Yorker. His practice explores how borrowing technologies are transforming—and reinforcing—traditional ideas of creativity. Through sampling, remix, and synthesis techniques, he charts intimate relationships with older artwork and archival material to ask what it means to borrow. His work challenges notions of “authenticity” and the “auteur” in artistic production by pointing towards a new ethical understanding that differentiates assemblage from appropriation, especially in new forms like global music and open-source technology. His projects are guided by a search for fresh, responsible approaches to borrowing that revitalize our understandings of inheritance, influence, and genealogy. Alam began composing music while researching the dispersion of my family after the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan. The following year he returned to India as an American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellow working as an oral historian for the 1947 Partition Archive. He composed his debut album Humeysha while recording hundreds of hours of ethnography and found sound, collecting stories from survivors of the Partition. The songs and stories written from that time reflect a lifelong search to find sonic affinities between the many cultures that make up a diaspora. His forays in video began with his audio-visual project “Lavaan,” commissioned by SAADA in 2016 as part of the “Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive” program. The work was screened in SAADA workshops held in various cities to commemorate the anniversary of the Oak Creek massacre and fostered conversation on memory, archives, and xenophobia. As an artist-in-residence with Bruce High Quality Foundation (BHQF) and ArtCenter/South Florida, Alam developed new forms of solo performance and began a multi-disciplinary project on the ethics of sampling in music. It has since grown to include a set of essays, a musical composition, and an installation built with a sculptor inverting instruments to destabilize our present, dis-enchanted ways of hearing. Raised in Kennesaw, GA and presently based in Boston and Brooklyn, Alam is the 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence at Harvard’s Science, Religion, and Culture Program.  

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Tal Beery

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Tal Beery, Glossary of Institutional Prefixes, Mixed Media Installation, Dimensions Variable, 2017 (Detail: Dolly Maass Gallery, Purchase College, New York) Photograph: Charlotte Woolf

Tal Beery is a New York-based artist and educator. He is co-founder of Eco Practicum, an artist-run school for ecological justice and founding faculty at School of Apocalypse, examining the connections between creative practice and notions of survival. Beery is also a core member of Occupy Museums, a collective fighting the economic and social injustices propagated by institutions of art and culture. His curatorial research considers the relationships between art and epochal change. Beery’s written work and interviews have appeared in numerous publications and his personal and collaborative works have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe, including the 2012 Berlin Biennale, Brooklyn Museum, and the 2017 Whitney Biennial.

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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'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" (, 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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Tamar Ettun


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Tamar Ettun is a Brooklyn based sculptor and performance artist, who is the founder of The Moving Company. Ettun received her MFA from Yale University in 2010 where she was awarded the Alice English Kimball Fellowship. She studied at Cooper Union in 2007, while earning her BFA from Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem. Ettun has had exhibitions and performances at The Watermill Center, e-flux, Madison Square Park, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, Uppsala Art Museum in Sweden, Fridman Gallery, Braverman Gallery, PERFORMA 09, 11 and 13. The artist has been honored by organizations including The Pollock Krasner Foundation, Franklin Furnace, Macdowell Fellowship, RECESS, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Art Production Fund and Socrates Sculpture Park. She is currently preparing for a solo exhibition at the Barrick Museum of Art in Las Vagas, which will open in 2018.

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Peter Fulop



Peter Fulop, Shigaraki clay, porcelain slips, oxides, anagama fired, 12-10inches, shown at SOFAChicago,USA Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan, National Craft Gallery, Ireland,

Peter Fulop, multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator.Peter's work has been shown in museums and major galleries across the world. Peter’s work is found in many public collections including Archie Bray Foundation MT, USA , Mungyeong Ceramic Museum, Korea, Fule International Ceramic Art Museum, China, Ganjin Celadon Museum, Korea, Ulster Museum, Belfast, N.Ireland, The National Museum of Ireland, Ireland, The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan, Freeborn & Peter’s LLP, Chicago, INAX Corporation. Tokoname Japan, IWCAT Collection, Tokoname Japan, Office of Public Works, Farmleigh House Collection, Ireland. Peter has recently completed a collaborative public art commission with the artist, Brigitta Varadi for Sligo County Council, Ireland and undertook several other public art projects. His latest curatorial project 'Just Being Polite' held at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC, and ‘The Clay Way’ at The Danforth Gallery,Livingstone, MT. Peter’s work was represented at SOFA Chicago by the National Craft Gallery and NCECA Annual Conference by the Archie Bray Foundation. His selected group shows include: ‘TransForm’ Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, and the National Craft Gallery of Ireland (2018), ‘Contained’, curated by Lauren Smith, Chashama,New York,(2016) ’In The Making’ Curated by Nicola Gates,Fermanagh County Museum & Higher Bridges Gallery, The Clinton Centre, Enniskillen, NI (2015) ‘Extended Territories’ Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton & Catalyst Arts Centre, Belfast, NI (2015) ‘CultureCrafts’ curated by Selina Coyle National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland & Londonderry, UK, (2014) ‘CENTRED ’ Ceramic Ireland, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin & Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, Ireland (2014) ‘Recent Acquisitions to the Archie Bray Permanent Collection’ Bray North Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana, USA, (2014) ’I am of Ireland’ Chelsea Arts Club, London, Uk (2013) ‘Bricks in the Rain ’ Culture Box, Temple Bar, DubIin & Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork & Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland curated by Hilary Morley, (2013), ’2nd International Chasabal Ceramic Competition’ (2012), Mungyeong Ceramic Museum,Korea, (2011) ’Gangjin International Ceramic Exhibition’ Gangjin Celadon Museum, Korea, (2011) ’International Ceramic Exhibition’ Mungyeong Ceramic Museum, Korea (2010). His latest Solo Shows include, ‘Nobu’, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Ireland (2016) ‘Salome's Last Dance’ Sculpture Space NYC, NY, USA, (2016) ’Gate-The tales of nowhere land’ Silver River Images Gallery, Carrick on Shannon, Ireland (2015), ’Vessel' Gallery Zozimus, Dublin, Ireland (2012) ‘Reflection' Tea House Gallery, Mungyeong, Korea, (2011) ’Peter Fulop’ C2 Gallery, PWS, Jingdezhen, China (2009) 'Toge', Shigaraki Ceramic Park, Shigaraki,Japan (2008) 'Japanese Aspirations' Dock, Carrick on Shannon, Ireland (2007). In addition to developing his own practice, Peter’s works on commissions and exhibitions, developing projects with people of all ages and abilities within the community sector, schools, prisons and arts centers. His work was featured in several books, catalogues, magazines and newspapers, including ‘Irish Ceramics’ Book by John Goode, Millcove Press, Ireland, ’Hands On: The Art Of Crafting In Ireland ’ Book by Liberties Press, Dublin, Ireland, Hause and Home Magazine, Ceramic Ireland Magazine, Ceramic Review Magazine and many more. He has been an artist in residence at Sculpture Space New York, Long Island, Byrdcliffe Residency, Woodstock, NY, Wingate Scholarship for the Archie Bray Ceramic Foundation, Montana, Shigaraki Ceramic Centre Japan and many more. His work was generously supported by Culture Ireland Award, Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Awards, Craft Council of Ireland Continued Professional Development Award and Roscommon Artist Bursary.

Benjamin Heller


Bridge/Serpentine Path - 160 x 22 x 4/36" - Carved Oak - 2017

Benjamin Heller is a photographer and cross disciplinary Benjamin Heller is a cross disciplinary artist based in New York. Drawing from a diverse background and training in photography, sculpture, dance, and physical improvisation, his works are rooted in the movement of the body and the creation of intimate environments that can be entered, opening a space for discovery via the body, senses, and the imagination. His projects focus on the conflict and unity that can be found in the space between the hold of opposing forces, such as inside and outside, emergence and disappearance, rest and awakening. By engaging his body directly with materials that are often organic, such as wood, stone, reed or found within his local environment, he creates sensitizing structures that afford physical conversations between the natural dynamics of the material and a new experience for the body. These performative sculptures can then be expanded by performance or met by others. His photography, video and sculptural performance works have been shown at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Museum, Wave Hill, New York Live Arts, ICP International Center of Photography, Robin Rice Gallery, IDIO Gallery, La Mama, Hazan Projects, Fresh Window Gallery, Eyebeam, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Honey Space Gallery in New York. In 2013 he was selected for the Bronx Museum AIM residency program and Biennial Exhibition. He has created immersive site-specific Installations “Spines Alluvial” carved into quarry blocks at the Marble House Project in Dorset VT, “The Vital Contour of U+US” a commissioned permanent installation in New Orleans, and a commissioned interactive installation “Inverted Constellation” as a visiting artist at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania AU. Collaborative dance and sculpture projects include The Blind Men and the Elephant with choreographer Julie Bour at New York Live Arts. “A Place of Sun” with Company Stefanie Batten Bland performed in Paris and New York, and“Welcome”, at La Mama in New York City.

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