SFAI engaged with the topic of Food Justice as its inaugural theme for residencies and programming. From September 2014 through June 2015, SFAI encouraged creative minds to come together and examine the territory of food justice. Together, we asked how diverse creative practices can confront inherent social, cultural and economic problems in our food system. SFAI brought together insights from creative fields, environmental sciences, sustainable agriculture, critical theory, and food studies, aspiring to create local, national, and international impact.
Hakim Bellamy June 2015, Albuquerque, NM
Hakim Bellamy became the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque in 2012, at age 33. He is the son of a preacher man and a praying woman. His mother gave him his first book of poetry as a teen, a volume by Khalil Gibran. Bellamy has been on two national champion poetry slam teams, a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. Bellamy is also an educator, musician, actor, journalist, playwright, community organizer and daddy.
Erik Benjamins June 2015, Culver City, CA
Erik Benjamins works across the visual, performing and culinary art communities to explore how our comforts and expectations shift as we move between home and away places. Some recent collaborators have included a classically trained perfumer, a university photographer, a jazz vocalist, and a few nationally-acclaimed chefs.
Jackleen de La Harpe April 2015
Food writing can explain ideas big and small. Jackleen de La Harpe writes about the deliciousness of food and, most importantly, what it can mean to our communities. She has been a daily news reporter, science writer, science editor, and was the founding executive director of the Metcalf Institute in Rhode Island, which provides science training for media.
Stephanie Diamond July 2014, Brooklyn, NY
Stephanie Diamond is a social practice artist who has worked within museum, community, school, non-profit, and gallery settings for the past fifteen years, where she has explored community as an artistic form. Her work ensures that humans take care of themselves as individuals within a public. Her projects explore self care, personal practice and individual awareness as a catalyst for being of service to communities.
Edible Hut, Kate Daughdrill and Mira Burack, November – December, 2014, Detroit, MI and Penasco, NM
Kate Daughdrill is an artist who lives and works on Burnside Farm on the east side of Detroit. Recent projects include Detroit SOUP, a monthly dinner that funds micro-grants for creative projects in Detroit, and the Edible Hut, a community space with a living, edible roof in a public park in Detroit’s Osborn neighborhood.
Mira Burack was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up on the coast of Maine. She recently relocated to the mountains of New Mexico, prior to spending the last 10 years living and working in Detroit. Her installations and projects explore the ‘living sculptures’ in our everyday lives – plants, animals, beds, and intimate spaces.
Alexis Elton November 2014, Chimayo NM
Alexis Elton lives in Northern New Mexico and is the owner and farmer of Jubilee Farms.. Alexis sees many similarities between her art practice and the farming process influencing work and the relationship between sculpture, land, installation, and social dynamics using traditional and non-traditional materials, and the impact of decay and renewal.
FICTILIS (Andrea Steves and Timothy Furstnau), June 2015, Oakland, CA
FICTILIS was founded by two longtime collaborators, media artist Andrea Steves and writer/artist Timothy Furstnau. The word “FICTILIS” is Latin for “capable of being changed,” which refers to the form of their practice and to the role they hope it plays within the larger culture.
Jessica Frelinghuysen June 2015, Hamtramck, MI
Jessica Frelinghuysen sculpts objects to help negotiate social anxieties and continually seeks to reconcile the separation between the individual and society. When encountering a new place, she will usually spend a long time observing, sketching and trying to figure how she fits into a particular environment. She is not afraid of the absurd; in fact, she appreciates the importance of humor as a vehicle. Currently living in Detroit, Jessica is a lecturer at Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.
Christie Green March 2015, Santa Fe, NM
Since 1999 as founding principal of Down to Earth, LLC in Santa Fe, NM, a landscape design-build firm for residential, commercial and non-profit clients in northern New Mexico, Christie Green has consulted and educated about the importance of heirloom edible landscapes, native plant species, water conservation, soil-building, and innovative land restoration techniques and landscape design, development and education for non-profit and commercial clients.
Rodrigo G. de San Martín June 2015, Mexico City
Originally from Mexico City, RSM (Rodrigo G. de San Martín) is engaged in new media and sound installation working on experimental projects that bridge science, technology, art and sound. RSM has also developed academic work researching on topics related to Aesthetics, Semiotics, Gender and Feminism, Contemporary Art, and particularly the intersection between Art, Technology and Science. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Sheena Hoszko February – April 2015, Montreal Quebec
Born in Outaouais, Quebec, Sheena Hoszko examines sculptural materiality as it relates to institutional power dynamics by mapping geographic sites on a 1:1 scale. She obtains these measurements by walking the perimeter and measuring her steps. Her most recent projects, which translate detention centres and prisons, stem from her family’s experiences with incarceration.
Yoko Inoue February – April, 2015, Brooklyn, NY
Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Yoko Inoue explores the commoditization of culture, assimilation and identity issues in the form of installation and public intervention performance art. Often using traditional ceramic methods, the underlying theme of her object making is derived from her examinations of economic factors, cultural values, socio-political implications behind products in the context of globalization.
Autumn Kioti June 2015, New York City
Autumn Kioti is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, actor, aerialist, instructor, fighter, activist, scavenger and trickster. She combines improvisational movement and choreography using found objects, mask and puppet building from scavenged items, painting and illustration, etching and print-based work, folk arts, aerial art and circus, martial arts, theatre, film and written works.
Nicole Lattuca November – December 2014, Fogo Island
Nicole Lattuca creates public programs and educational initiatives primarily founded on concepts of discursive practices, participation, and co-design workshops. She has a keen interest in rural places, arts organizations, and education. Her work addresses the co-opting of the school aesthetic for display purposes during what was termed the “educational turn in curating”.
M12 October 2014/ March – April 2015, Denver, CO
M12 is known for groundbreaking and award-winning creative projects that explore the aesthetics of rural cultures and landscapes. M12 is an interdisciplinary group based in Colorado on the American High Plains that creates context-based art works, research projects, and education programs.
Amanda McDonald Crowley February 2015, Brooklyn, NY
Amanda McDonald Crowley is a cultural worker and curator who creates new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. As former director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology she made significant links with art and science industries, developing a range of residencies and master classes to support artists in the production of new research and new work.
Mobile InTent Ann Schnake and Ursula Maria Berzborne, November 2014, Berkeley, CA and Berlin, Germany
Ann Schnake is a visual and social practice artist who builds installations and sculptural works engaging with bodies in failing economic and ecologic systems. She is also a nurse and often collaborates with other body workers, including performance artists, cooks, and hairdressers.
Ursula Maria Berzborn is a theatre director, performance artist, costume and set designer, living in Berlin, Germany. Since 1996 Berzborn has been the artistic director of the physical theatre company Grotest Maru. Berzborn and the company tour internationally, creating site-specific productions, reaching both arts venues and audiences that normally have no access to the arts.
Nikki Pike May, 2015, Denver, CO
Nikki Pike works as a professional artist and professor. Her methods start from the ideals of democracy, and often references necessities of all humans: food, shelter, water, and love. Her approach often involves the employment of play. Through the use universally positive human experiences such as music, gift, surprise, and curiosity, she spreads values of empowerment, vulnerability and connection in the form of an experience as opposed to a product.
Andrea Reynosa February – March 2015, Narrowsburg, New York
After founding Smack Mellon, artist, activist and farmer Andrea Reynosa has immersed herself into her Upstate NY community in Narrowsburg generating numerous projects and programs that interact with the environment, community and family. She established SkyDog Farm in 2000, a lifestyle experiment involving sustainable agriculture, permaculture, heirloom gardening, child rearing and forest stewardship. Landscape is a central theme in her work, whether in the form of artistic, social, civic or ecological practice.
Stephanie Rothenberg July 2015, Buffalo, NY
Stephanie Rothenberg is an interdisciplinary artist who engages participatory performance, installation and networked media to create provocative public interactions. Mixing real and virtual spaces, her work investigates new models of global, outsourced labor and the power dynamics between contemporary visions of utopian urbanization and real world economic, political and environmental factors.
Holly Schmidt September – October, 2014 & May, 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Holly Schmidt is a Vancouver artist with a research-based practice that engages processes of collaborative research and informal pedagogy. Moving across disciplinary boundaries, she explores the relationships between practices of making, knowledge creation and the formation of temporary communities.
Caitlin Shepherd November – December 2014, Bristol, GB
Caitlin Shepherd is a social artist investigating food based inequities. Shepard is particularly interested in using immersive installation and narrative experience design to explore issues and ideas surrounding social justice. Her work is strongly informed by social realism and social documentary.
Miriam Simun February – March 2015, Brooklyn, NY
Miriam Simun makes creative disruptions: objects, documents and experiences that that poke, provoke, and re-imagine existing systems. Based in scientific, historical and ethnographic research, much of her work interrogates the implications of socio-technical and ecological change.
Tiffany Singh April – May, 2015, Ackland, NZ
Born in New Zealand, of Maori, Indian and Pacific Island descent Singh has been based in India and New Zealand since 2005 and continues to exhibit in both locations. This mix of cultures and aesthetics is evident in Singh’s work, which consists largely of natural mixed media based installation, sustainable community outreach and focusing on the role of the sacred in contemporary society.