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.

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.


Donna Kaz


Cover of "UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour"

Donna Kaz is a multi-genre writer and the author of “UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour.” Her plays and musicals have been produced around the world at Harlem Stage, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Trinity College/Dublin, The Spit Lit Festival/London, International Women’s Arts Festival/UK, Women Playwrights International Conference/Sweden, City of Women Festival/Slovenia, Kultury w Poznaniu/Poland, Lincoln Center and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She has received the Venus Theatre Lifetime Achievement Award and as a member of the Guerrilla Girls, the Yoko Ono Courage Award for the Arts and the Skowhegan Medal. In 2017 “UN/MASKED,” was named best nonfiction prose book of the year by the Devils Kitchen Literary Festival. donnakaz.com




Francisco Vazquez Murillo

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Francisco Vazquez Murillo HISTORIA DEL SENTIMIENTO 2017 Installation, variable measures. 2k video color, no sound. Projection on canvas 530 x 240 cm Exhibition views Kaus Australis. Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Francisco Vazquez Murillo (born 1980 in Rosario, ARG) Holds a degree in Philosophy, from University of Rosario. He lives in Buenos Aires since 2005. Previous residencies include Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, RSDNART in Yucatan, Mexico, Nido Errante in Chaltén, Patagonia. He was part of the 2016th Artist programme of the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and awarded with the FNA - CONTI grant in 2015, in Argentina.

His work includes a wide range of media such as video installations, sculpture, painting and performances in order to create a mental space playing with the presences/absent of human body to somehow explore relations between landscape and nature, distance and representation, word and earth.

Laura Nova


LES Citizens Parade, 2018 Premiered at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River to River Festival on June 22 and June 24, 2018. Literally described as a moving company, the LES Citizens Parade is a celebration in storytelling, dance and music of the migration and settlement experiences of long­time residents of New York’s multilingual Lower East Side neighborhood.

Artist, Athlete, Activator: Long-time Lower East Side resident Laura Nova generates site-specific, action-oriented projects which invite participatory energies of neighbors and strangers alike. She uses cardio, comedy and cooking to create activ/ist audiences who, in turn, reveal and preserve stories of both people and places. Recent commissions have included multi-year, social engagement projects like "Feed Me A Story," (co-produced with Theresa Loong) an interactive video installation and documentary video cookbook of secret family recipes; "Moving Stories," a senior citizen-led, storytelling-walking tour; and The Crescendo Project which used RFID technology to create an automated praise-singing machine for disabled athletes during a road race. In tandem with Dances For A Variable Population, she transformed residents and dancers alike into a moving company for the River to River Festival’s "LES Citizens Parade." Nova's work has been shown at the New Museum, the Museum at Eldridge Street, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of the Moving Image, Real Art Ways and many galleries including the Substation Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa and the National Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan. She has received grants from the MAP Fund, National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, PBS/POV and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been published in DNAinfo, New York Magazine, Hyperallergic and WNYC. Her residencies include SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island National Monument, Governors Island, Vermont Studio Center and LMCC Workspace. Nova received a B.F.A. and B.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently an Associate Professor of Expanded Media in the Creative Art and Technology program at Bloomfield College and the 2016 recipient of the LMCC President’s Award in Visual Art.

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Sheryl Oring


Sheryl Oring_Writer's Block_sculptures and works on paper_2018. Work premiered on Berlin's Bebelplabtz in 1999 and has since been shown in Budapest, the Boston Public Library, Bryant Park in New York and, most recently, at the University of Virginia.

Sheryl Oring’s work examines social issues through projects that incorporate old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster open exchange. Her public art commissions include major works for airports in Tampa and San Diego as well as commissioned performances for the City of Pittsburgh; Bryant Park in New York; the Jewish Museum Berlin; and the Berlin Wall Memorial. Oring’s work has been shown in festivals such as Encuentro in São Paulo, Brazil, and the Art Prospect Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her artist books are in collections including the Library of Congress, Tate Modern and the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg. Oring, an Associate Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is currently planning a retrospective of her work for the Lois and David Stulberg Gallery at Ringling College in Sarasota.


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Andrew Simonet


Andrew Simonet Wilder novel will be published November 13, 2018 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

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I am a writer and choreographer in Philadelphia. My debut young adult novel, Wilder, will be published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2018. I wrote Making Your Life as an Artist, an open source guide to living as an artist. From 1993 to 2013, I co-directed Headlong Dance Theater, creating dances like CELL (a journey for one audience member guided by your cell phone), and This Town is a Mystery (dances by four Philadelphia families in their homes). In 2006, I founded Artists U, an incubator for helping artists make sustainable lives with programs in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Carolina. I have received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Fellowship in the Arts, a Bessie for Choreography at the New York Dance and Performance Awards, nd residencies at Yaddo, Ucross, and Hambidge. My performance work has been supported by The Creative Capital Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Trusts, Rockefeller Foundation, Japan Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts, and produced by Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Kyoto Art Center, P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. I began writing fiction in 2004; in 2013, I left my dance company to focus on writing. In 2017, I obtained representation with Rebecca Stead at The Book Group and a two-book deal with Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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Ivan Talijancic


Ivan Talijancic, director QUARTET v4.0 Live performance/installation premiere: Abrons Arts Center, February 2010 photo credit: Tasja Keetman

Ivan Talijancic is a multidisciplinary time-based artist: director, choreographer, visual and graphic designer, video- and film-maker, as well as a performing arts producer, curator and journalist. He is a founder and artistic co-director of New York City based WaxFactory (waxfactory.nyc). Directing highlights for the company include: Sarah Kane’s CLEANSED; and ...SHE SAID (based on Marguerite Duras) both of which premiered in co-production with Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia) as well as WILD ANIMUS, a multimedia spectacle commissioned by Too Far (San Francisco, CA) which toured to over 50 cities in Europe, US, Canada and Australia in 2006 and 2007. Original productions he created with WaxFactory were mentioned twice in Ballet-Tanz International performing arts journal (Berlin, Germany): in 2000 for LADYFROMTHESEA at the Old American Can Factory (Brooklyn, NY) as “the most innovative production of the year” and in 2007 for X: A VIDEO OPERA at the Zürcher Theaterspektakel (Zurich, Switzerland) as “the most important multidisciplinary collaboration of the year”. Some of his earlier directing credits include site-specific productions of Charles Mee’s THE BACCHAE and THE TROJAN WOMEN: A LOVE STORY; Heiner Müller’s MEDEAMATERIAL and HAMLETMACHINE; Fassbinder’s BREMEN FREEDOM and THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT; DON JUAN COMES BACK FROM THE WAR: a Little Dance of Death by Ödön von Horvath; THE TROJAN WOMEN, a collaboration with the playwright Ellen McLaughlin and a cast of refugees from the former Yugoslavia (Classic Stage Company); IPHIGENIA IN AULIS (Aaron Davis Hall,) and two shows for the Lincoln Center Theatre/Directors Lab, WOYZECK OF SARAJEVO and THE K’S (AN EPILOGUE) after Dostoyevski. While pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in New York City, Ivan has assisted with Robert Wilson and Julie Taymor. He has taught and extensively in the United States and abroad including New York University, Brown University, Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Fundateneo (Venezuela) and Columbia University/Barnard College. He was a recipient of a year-long Performing Arts Fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany, where he developed 39 FRAMES, subsequently presented as a highly innovative performance event, unfolding simultaneously on the Internet, television and in the public realm over a two-week period and in more than 30 locations throughout the city of Salzburg, Austria, commissioned by SommerSzene festival in 2006. Other residencies include Bogliasco Foundation (Genova, Italy), Emily Harvey Foundation (Venice, Italy), the Hermitage Artist Retreat (Manasota Key, FL), as well as HERE Artist in Residence Program (HARP) and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) in New York City. Ivan’s productions have been seen extensively in New York (Performance Space 122, New York Theater Workshop, Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, HERE, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Invisible Dog, Japan Society, Abrons Art Center, Incubator Arts Project, 3LD Art+Technology Center, PRELUDE and COIL Festivals, etc.) and internationally at numerous venues and festivals in 20+ countries and 4 continents, including ICA/Institute of Contemporary Art (London, UK), Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon, Portugal), Sonar (Barcelona, Spain), Adelaide Festival (Australia), Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and FIT/International Theater Festivas (Caracas, Venezuela), among others. Recently, his short film SLEEPWALKER was presented at Diane Pernet’s A Shaded View of Fashion Film Festival at the Centre Pompidou (Paris, France( and his first feature film 416 MINUTES is currently in post-production, slated for completion in 2018. Ivan is currently serving a three-year term as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts. 


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