2013 ONE BIG CITY PARTICIPANTS

CEC ArtsLink is proud to announce the six artists selected to participate in One Big City, our unique program which pairs local and international artists to investigate and engage New York City’s diaspora communities.

 

 

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ROBERT HICKMAN, NEW YORK

One Big City project Bronx Reflects
The Point CDC, The Bronx, NY
August - September 2013
Collaborating with Martin Papcún

Robert Hickman is an artist who works in sculptural objects, installations, and public art. His work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally in venues that include PS1, Long Island City, New York; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York; White Columns, New York and Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York. He has Permanent Public Commissions at Verdi Square, 72nd Street Station, New York; Capital Community College, Hartford, CT and at Roosevelt Island Station, New York. Hickman has been the recipient of two ArtsLink Projects grants and numerous other national and international awards including a New York City Masterwork Award for Best New Public Art from The Municipal Society of New York. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and was educated at Hunter College and The University of Iowa. He is currently an associate professor at Hunter College. Website>>

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MARTIN PAPCÚN, CZECH REBUBLIC

One Big City project Bronx Reflects
The Point CDC, The Bronx, NY
August - September 2013
Collaborating with Robert Hickman

Martin Papcún is an artist who investigates the intersection and perception of private/public space. He studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich and obtained an M.A. from the Academy of Art, Design and Architecture in Prague, Czech Republic. First interested in the fabrication of objects and "sketches" in metal, he has recently created large site-specific installations that embrace social, psychological as well as material considerations. He has had one-person exhibitions in Germany, Czech Republic and the US and his work has been exhibited widely in Europe and in Japan, South Korea, China and Canada. A former ArtsLink Fellow and ArtsLink Independent Projects awardee, in 2011 he received an LfA Forderbank Bayern Culture Grant in Germany. Website>>

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SYREETA McFADDEN, NEW YORK

One Big City project მოჩვენება /MOCHVENEBA/მოჩვენება: “The ghost will show us”
The Kitchen, New York, NY
September 2013
Collaborating with Lado Darakhvelidze

Syreeta McFadden is one of the founding editors of the online literary journal,
Union Station
. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Feministing, Storyscape Journal and others. She has been a featured reader at various New York area readings series such as apexart’s Almost Famous Reading Series, Mixer, Literary Death Match, Sweet! and Gallery 440 in Brooklyn. She is a co-curator of Poets in Unexpected Places, an organization dedicated to placing poets and artists into public spaces. A former urban planner and housing development specialist, she is an adjunct professor of English and Humanities and is currently working on collections of short stories and essays. Website>>

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LADO DARAKHVELIDZE, REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA

One Big City project მოჩვენება /MOCHVENEBA/მოჩვენება: “The ghost will show us”
The Kitchen, New York, NY
September 2013
Collaborating with Syreeta McFadden

Lado Darakhvelidze is an artist who focuses primarily on information media and their socio-political impacts. He deals with social and political changes and represents these in personal narratives. In earlier work, he reflected the transitions and re-placements of national symbols in post-communist countries in a subtle and poetic way, which expanded the political and opened it to mythology, history and storytelling. Darakhvelidze studied at the Tbilisi State Art Academy and did his Masters at the Dutch Art Institute in The Netherlands. His work was included in the 11th International İstanbul Biennial (2009) and the 2010 Biennale Cuvee in Linz, Austria. Website>>

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JEREMY THAL, NEW YORK

One Big City project SOUNDING WALLS / SOANDO PAREDES
BRIC Arts, Brooklyn, NY
February-March 2014
Collaborating with Ananda Nahú

Jeremy Thal, Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Found Sound Nation (FSN), is a horn player, composer, and educator. He studied horn, ethnomusicology, and Chinese at Northwestern University. With Chris Marianetti, Thal co-designed FSN’s approach to socially-engaged music creation, and has co-led projects in Haiti, Zimbabwe, New Orleans, Mexico, Indonesia, Italy, and Switzerland. He has also served as a lead teaching artist at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, running innovative music production workshops with incarcerated youth in New York City. A founder of ZeroBit Music, he composes and produces music for film, theater, web sites and video games. As a horn player, he has recorded and toured with Jeff Mangum and The National, and leads his own band, Briars of North America. OneBeat Website>>

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ANANDA NAHÚ, BRAZIL

One Big City project SOUNDING WALLS / SOANDO PAREDES
BRIC Arts, Brooklyn, NY
February-March 2014
Collaborating with Jeremy Thal

Ananda Nahú studied fine arts at the Federal University of Bahia where she became interested in photography and printmaking techniques including engraving, lithography and serigraphs. In 2005, she started working with stencils to create compositions in urban environments and on canvas. Soon after, she introduced freehand painting in combination with stencils. In her murals and paintings, Nahú uses the diverse cultural influences of her own country integrated with foreign references including African fabrics, Islamic ornament and typography, Gothic calligraphy and Russian revolutionary posters. Her work has been shown in Brazil and Europe.

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One Big City Participants 2012

ONE BIG CITY PARTNERS

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn, Brooklyn

Since its inception in 1979, BRIC Arts has enriched the cultural landscape of Brooklyn by presenting, producing and enabling a wide array of quality contemporary art, performing arts and community media programs. As a non-profit arts organization, BRIC Arts has been a leader in innovation in the arts and media, a proud participant in the revitalization of Prospect Park and a champion of arts education through its programs.

The Kitchen, Manhattan

The Kitchen has been a powerful force in shaping the cultural landscape of this country for more than three decades. Founded as an artist collective in 1971 by Woody and Steina Vasulka and incorporated as a non-profit two years later, in its infancy The Kitchen was a space where video artists and experimental composers and performers could share their ideas with like-minded colleagues. The Kitchen is a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization that provides innovative artists working in the media, literary, and performing arts with exhibition and performance opportunities to create and present new work.

Museum of the Moving Image, Queens

Since its opening in 1988, Museum of the Moving Image has been recognized as a major, internationally-reputed institution and the only museum in the United States dedicated to exploring the art, history, and technology of the moving image. Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts, screening significant films and other moving-image works, presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences, and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public.

THE POINT Community Development Corporation, The Bronx

THE POINT Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. THE POINT opened its doors in 1994, a time when Hunts Point was facing declining investment and tarnished morale. Responding to a community in crisis, the organization began working with local residents to strengthen this South Bronx neighborhood. Since its inception, the organization has bolstered community members' endeavors through arts, environmental and business oriented services and contributed to the area's resurgence in arts and culture.

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