Sophia Al Maria (April – May 2016)
Sophia Al-Maria is a Qatarican(Contraction of the words Qatari and American) suffering from delusions of grandeur. You can find her writing in Bidoun, Triple Canopy and once even in Harper’s Magazine. Her first book The Girl Who Fell to Earth (Harper Collins) was published in 2012 and was published in Arabic with a translation by Ziad Ziady in 2015 by Bloomsbury Qatar as Between the Earth and Sky. So far her greatest achievement is getting hyperlinked on LIFE standing next to Robert De Niro explaining how to get a Nissan Patrol up on two wheels. It’s all downhill from here. She now lives and works in London where she writes screenplays for a living.
D. Graham Burnett (May – June 2016)
Graham Burnett works at the intersection of historical inquiry and artistic practice. He is interested in experimental approaches to textual material, pedagogical modes and hermeneutic activities traditionally associated with the research humanities. Recent performances and exhibitions include: “The Pomagello Document” (2013; Dairy Arts Centre, London) “The Work of Art Under Conditions of Intermittent Accessibility” (2014; Palais de Tokyo, Paris); “The Rülek Scrolls and the Practice of the Door” (2014; MoMA PS1, NYC); and “Schema for a School” (2015; Ljubljana Biennial). Several of these projects emerged in association with the speculative historiographical collective known as ESTAR(SER). Burnett trained in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, and currently teaches at Princeton University. He is an editor at the Brooklyn-based Cabinet magazine, and the author of a number of books and essays.
Conor Creany (May – June 2016)
Jeff Dolven (August 2016)
Jeff Dolven teaches poetry and poetics at Princeton University. He is the author of two books of criticism, Scenes of Instruction (2007) and Senses of Style (forthcoming), and essays on a variety of subjects, including Renaissance metrics, Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare’s reading, Fairfield Porter, and player pianos. His poems have appeared in magazines and journals in the US and the UK and are collected in a volume, Speculative Music (Sarabande 2013). He is also an editor-at-large at Cabinet magazine. With D. Graham Burnett and Asad Raza, Dolven has twice convened Schema for a School, an adaptive framework for experimental pedagogy: at the Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana (2015), and at the Villa Empain in Brussels (2016).
Joshua Dubler (November 2016)
Joshua Dubler is a 2016 Carnegie Fellow working on a project entitled “Why Not Prison Abolition? For this project, he is interviewing radical prison reformers in North America and in Europe. As a resident at the Villa, Mr. Dubler will interview law makers and administrators about the widespread unrest that gripped Belgium’s prison system in May 2016 and about the March decision to abolish all prison sentences shorter than one year. As well, on consecutive days, on site and open to the public, Dubler will interview formerly incarcerated men and women about their experiences in Belgium’s prison system. Dubler teaches Religion at the University of Rochester and is the author of Down in the Chapel: Religious Life in an American Prison (FSG, 2013).
Andrew Durbin (July – August 2016)
Andrew Durbin is the author of Mature Themes (Nightboat 2014) and the chapbook MacArthur Park(Kenning Editions 2015). His work has appeared in BOMB, Boston Review, Flash Art, Poetry London, Text Zur Kunst, and elsewhere. A contributing editor of Mousse, he co-edits the press Wonder and lives in New York. His first novel, Blonde Summer, is forthcoming from Nightboat in 2017.
Moriah Evans (August – September 2016)
Moriah Evans is a choreographer based in New York. Her compositions are processed not by form but by a procedure, insisting on the value of bodies in motion and relation. In 2015, she received a Bessie award nomination for Emerging Choreographer. She did her PhD studies in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Movement Research Performance Journal. During her 2011-2013 residency at Movement Research, she initiated The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, a collective apparatus involved in research processes and practices to investigate participatory images of performance and systems of choreography. In her recent work, Evans considers how we dance together and engage social relationships through the choreographic pathways of dancing and witnessing within the performative event–interrogating dance history as well as the exhibitionism inherent to performance
Elizabeth Gaffin (July – August 2016)
Agnieszka Gratza (May – July 2016)
Born in Kraków, Poland, writer and art critic Agnieszka Gratza now leads a nomadic existence. Her writings on art, film and performance have appeared in specialist art magazines and newspapers, including Artforum, ArtReview, Flash Art, Metropolis M, and The Financial Times. Before focusing on contemporary art and participating in performances, she wrote a doctoral thesis at Oxford on the subject of Renaissance paradoxes. A keen reader of Montaigne and Rabelais, two of her favourite authors, she has published academic articles on, among other, the the gnoti seauton (know yourself) motif in Montaigne’s Essais. The Montaigne reading sessions at the Villa Empain bring together her past and present interests.
Janine Harrington (January – April and June 2016)
Janine Harrington is a choreographer, performer and writer born in Canterbury, UK. She utilises nontheatre spaces to choreograph sets of parameters between audience and performers, foregrounding ideas about relationship and agency. Harrington’s choreographic writing projects are concerned with rendering movement in terms of temporal and spatial shifts of sensation. Her artists’ books are held in several UK collections and she has contributed to various publications. In 2012 she wrote and recorded texts for Cie. Small Room Dance’s project Geometry of Self. She has performed with Tino Sehgal since 2012 and has interpreted his works at Tate Modern, Venice Biennale, KIASMA, and the Stedelijk. In 2012 Harrington received a choreographic fellowship from BBC Performing Arts Fund in partnership with Independent Dance, which culminated in her large-scale choreography The Bridge across London’s Millennium footbridge.
Andrew Hardwidge (June – July 2016)
Andrew Hardwidge is a choreographer and performer, he lives in London and works internationally. His work has included but is not limited to: a computer game, fabric, and dances. It has been shown in theatres, galleries, online and elsewhere.
Deanna Havas (February – May 2016)
Deanna Havas was born in New York City in 1989, where she currently lives and works. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Her recent group exhibitions include “Revelry” at Kunsthalle Bern, “Telepathy or Esperanto?” at Futura Gallery in Prague and and “The Home Show,” curated by Asad Raza, in New York. She will exhibit in a solo exhibition at Allen & Eldridge this spring.
Prem Krishnamurthy (November 2016)
Prem Krishnamurthy works between design, curating, editing, and teaching. A Founding Principal of the design studio Project Projects, he is the recipient of Cooper Hewitt’s 2015 National Design Award for Communication Design, the USA’s highest recognition in the field. He is the Founder and Curator of P!, a critically-acclaimed exhibition space and gallery in New York City’s Chinatown that experiments with the conventions of exhibition-making. Since opening in 2012, P! has mounted over 35 exhibitions and standalone projects. Prem has organized exhibitions and programs at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, SALT Beyoglu, The Bass Museum in Miami Beach, and co-edited books such as MATRIX/Berkeley: A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art (Project Projects with Elizabeth Thomas, DAP, 2008), and Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment (Paper Monument, 2012). He is on faculty at the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies.
Nicola Lees (March – April 2016)
For the past three years Nicola Lees was the curator for Frieze Projects; leading the annual not-for-profit programme featuring artist commissions, film, and music at Frieze London. Lees was also curator of the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana and previously was the Senior Curator of Public Programmes at the Serpentine Gallery (London), where she oversaw interdisciplinary, time-based and performance projects and artist commissions as well as Park Nights, initiating the Serpentine Cinema series, and the Serpentine Gallery Marathon (co-curated with Hans Ulrich Obrist). Lees has also curated exhibitions at Malmö Konsthall in 2015 as well as Left Pop Bringing it Home at the Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art in 2007. At the Irish Museum of Modern Art she worked on key solo exhibitions by Alex Katz, Miroslaw Balka, Georgia O’Keefe, Nalini Malani and a group exhibition curated with Philippe Parreno.
Sahra Motalebi (March – May and October – November 2016)
Sahra Motalebi (b. Birmingham, Alabama) is a visual artist, vocalist, and writer. Her projects have been exhibited and she has performed internationally at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Ludwig, Abrons Art Center, Vancouver Art Gallery, MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, and The Kitchen. She has collaborated with Sophia Al-Maria, Kai Althoff, Jesper Just, Sibyl Kempson, and Will Rawls. Motalebi attended Sarah Lawrence College and the Master of Architecture Program at Columbia University. She lives and works in New York.
Marlie Mul (September 2016)
Marlie Mul’s sculptures often simulate everyday outdoor objects that refer to human interaction, such as air vents used as ashtrays, heaps of snow arranged with stubbed out cigarette butts, or gritty rain puddles littered with generic bits of trash. With cigarette butts and litter depicting traces of human behaviours, the situations presented in these work suggest to the viewer an invisible presence of a virtual population or crowd. They serve as tools to examine the seemingly obvious and ask exactly how such situations are (and have become) familiar, which societal decisions preceded this and how human behaviour is shaped by such decisions.
Mariana Tellaria (March and May 2016)
Mariana Telleria was born in Rufino, Argentina in 1979. In 1998 she moved to Rosario to study Fine Arts at Universidad Nacional de Rosario. She lives and works in Rosario.
Alvaro Urbano (August – September 2016)
Alvaro Urbano (*1983 Madrid) is an artist based in Berlin. Urbano works with different media, from spatial installations and film to performance. After his degree at the Architecture School in Madrid, he completed his studies at the Institut for Raumexperimente in Berlin. Urbano’s practice unfolds through an experimental process by creating synergies between living entities and dynamic structures, scripting time-space based situations with a strong interest in heterotopias, architecture and fiction. His solo projects and exhibitions include: Dead Men Tell no Tales at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2016); More than Real at Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2015); The Ghost and the Host at Pavillon Social Kunstverein, Lucca (2014); Utopias are for Birds at Chert Gallery, Berlin (2012). In 2014 Urbano received the Villa Romana Prize.
Frank Wasser (September – Oktober 2016)
Frank Wasser (b.1988) is an artist and writer from Dublin, Ireland currently based in London. Recent exhibitions and projects include On curating histories, Dublin, December 2015, Curated by Kate Strain. Sierra’s, with Andrew Hardwidge, Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf, August 2015, Scene 93 Omitted, Xero, Kline and Coma, London (Solo Show) Curated by Joseph Noonan-Ganley and Sam Keogh. Concrete Gown for Immaterial Flows with Pil and Galia Kolectiv and Sam Keogh, Mirrorcity, Hayward Gallery, London, October 2014. EX, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, August 2014. Shady Dealings with Language, Curated by Claire Potter, Manchester, July 2014. Art and Interpretation, Tate Modern, June 2014. UNDERLINE, Occupy Limerick, Limerick, June 2014. PIGDOGANDMONKEYFESTO, Airspace gallery, Stoke, England, June 2014. Art and Language,Tate Modern, March 2014.