Anastasia Aukeman is an art historian and curator who teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She has contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogs and written articles and reviews for Art in America, Art on Paper, and ARTnews, among other publications. She specializes in art about the United States post-WWII and also in photography. She been teaching at Parsons School of Design at The New School since 2003, with occasional time off for fellowships (The Beaumont and Nancy Newhall Fellowship in the Department of Photography at MoMA, 2007-2008) and a writing sabbatical (American Council of Learned Societies / Henry Luce Foundation for American Art Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2011-2012). She received her Ph.D. from City
Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, privacy, migration, citizenship, technology, and the challenge of borders. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as SITE Santa Fe, Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, Kassel Kulturbahnhof, The Hermitage, and at the Venice Biennale. Elahi was invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern, Einstein Forum, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, World Economic Forum, and at TED Global. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016, his awards include grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, Art Matters Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. His work is frequently in the media and has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, Wired, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and has appeared on Al Jazeera, Fox News, and on The Colbert Report. In 2010, he was an Alpert/MacDowell Fellow and in 2009 and was Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2014, he was Artist-in-Residence at Shangri-La/Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and 2017 at the MacDowell Colony. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at the University of Maryland College Park, roughly equidistant from the CIA, FBI, and NSA headquarters. http://elahi.umd.edu
Mildred Beltré and Oasa DuVerney / Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine
The Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine is a project that began when Mildred Beltré and Oasa DuVerney started making art together in each other's apartments. In the summer of 2010, they brought this activity to the street and co-founded the Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine a constantly evolving public art project exploring community through art-making on Brooklyn sidewalks. As part of this project, they created temporary public work, published The Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine presents a guide to Tenant Rights and Community Activities book and held countless street art workshops. BHAM also created Gentrifiers Anonymous, space where people can admit their complicity in gentrification and work towards being less of the problem and more of the solution.
Mildred Beltré is an NYC born, Brooklyn based artist, mother and educator working in print, drawing and participatory politically engaged practice, to explore facets of social change. She is interested in exploring political movements and their associated participants, relations, and structures. Her most recent work involves looking at revolutionary theorizing and posturing through a feminist lens. Beltré's selected national exhibitions include: International Print Center New York, NYC; Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT; Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; and international group shows at Projecto Ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hollar Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic; and the Brun
Oasa DuVerney is a Queens-born visual artist based in Brooklyn. Her solo exhibitions include Street Cred in Non-Street Cred Places, Auxillary Projects , Brooklyn, NY(2016); The View From Nowhere, Rush Gallery, NY (2016)MYLFwoks Revenge, Momenta Art, NYC (2013); Superheroes and Antiheroes, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, Old Westbury, NY (2012); and Wired, United Nations, NYC (2006). Her group exhibitions include The Window and the Breaking of the Window, Studio Museum in Harlem (2017
Fabienne Lasserre is a New York-based artist who works with suspended fragments to create sculptures that evoke feelings of discomfort and playfulness. Materiality is of primary concern: the artist uses wool, linen, felt, paper and paint to achieve a monumental yet complex surface. No firm resolution or conclusion is achieved, leaving the works suspended in a transient moment or state.
Lasserre was born in Canada and lives and works in Brooklyn. She holds a BA in Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) and an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University (New York). She has exhibited widely in the United States and Canada, including solo exhibitions in New York, Miami, as well as in Toronto, Montreal, and Québec City. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions in New York, Philadelphia, Oaxaca, Mexico, Santiago, Chile, Berlin and Kassel, Germany, and London, England. Recently, her work was included in the Quebec Triennial at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. Lasserre has participated in artist residencies such as those from the Vermont Studio Center and Dieu Donné (New York) and has received prestigious grants from namely the Canada Council of for the Arts. In 2013, her work was presented in the 43rd National Salon of Artists in Medellin, Columbia as well as in the group exhibition Outside the Lines at the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston. Her recent works were shown in a group and two-person show in Brooklyn and New York respectively during the year 2013. In 2015 the artist presented Les
Rosa Barba (b. 1972, Agrigento, Italy) is Berlin-based visual artist and filmmaker who predominantly bases her work on the use of celluloid and filmic devices, in both materiality and concept. For years Barba has experimented with the language of cinema and sculpture, reflecting on the poetic qualities of the natural and human landscape, exploring the idea of place as a vessel of memory, and dismantling the notion of linear time. Barba studied at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
Currently, Barba has two major solo shows on view at the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan, Italy and at the Museo Nacional Centro Centro De Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain.
Other recent solo exhibitions include: the Albertinum in Dresden, Germany (2015); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge MA, USA (2015/16); CAC (Contemporary Art Center), Vilnius, Lithuania (2014); MAXXI (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo), Rome (2014); Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2013); Bergen Kunsthall,Norway (2013); Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK (2013); MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León), León, Spain (2013), Jeu de Paume, Paris (2012); Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2012); Marfa Book Company, Marfa, Texas (2012); and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (2012) and Tate Modern, London (2010).
She has participated in many group exhibitions, including, Centre Pompidou, Metz, France, MASS MoCA, North Adams, (2014-2015); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2014); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008); 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Museum Dahlem (2014); International Triennial of New Media Art, Beijing, China (2014); 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); Performa, New York City, (2013); 53rd and 56th Biennale di Venezia (2009, 2015), among many others.
Her work has been widely published, in the monographic