Join our accomplished artists in residence for an open studio that will include a series of performances, poetry readings, and interactive installations. Coming from all over the world, these extraordinary artists respond to the theme of Immigration and Emigration in diverse ways: from poetic, to practical, to political.
For the past 8 months, SFAI has explored questions including: How do journeys of migrants contribute to our identity, our place, and place-making? What alternative models, projects and interventions can be explored that relate to the complex terrain of immigration and emigration?
Olaniyi R. Akindiya, Nigeria/Austin, TX
Margarita Cabrera, Mexico/El Paso, TX
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Miami, FL
Michael Conti, Anchorage, AK
Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Potawatomi and Lenape/ Chicago, IL
Dasha Filippova, Estonia/ New York, NY
Gelare Khoshgozaran, Iran/Los Angeles, CA
Carmela Delia Lanza, Albuquerque, NM
Kate Partridge, Anchorage, AK
Originally from Nigeria, Olaniyi R. Akindiya known as Akirash is a multidisciplinary artist. For the last 15 years, he has International Awards, Grants, he has been featured in more than 10 solo shows, 80 group exhibitions, 48 performances, 20 artist residencies, he is one of the invited international Artist at ongoing 12thEdition of Dak’art biennale, he has been invited in many higher institutions has visiting Artist and has been written about in more than 100 articles and publications. He has created exhibitions in Texas, New York, Tanzania, South Africa, England, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Netherlands, Namibia, Russia, and Germany to mention few. Since 2012 he has been living in Austin.
Margarita Cabrera was born in 1973 in Monterrey, Mexico. She received an MFA from Hunter College in New York, NY. Cabrera currently lives and works in El Paso where she recently had a two year exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Art. Her most recent exhibitions include a solo show entitled “Pop Departures” at the Seattle Art Museum. Her work has been included in galleries such as 516Arts, Sara Meltzer, Walter Maciel, and Synderman-Works. Her work has been included in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the McNay Museum San Antonio; the Sweeney Art Center for Contemporary Art at the University of California, Riverside, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and El Museo del Barrio, NYC.In 2012 she was a recipient of the Knight Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC. Cabrera was also a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant.
Felecia Chizuko Carlisle has lived and worked in Miami, FL since 2009. Her work crosses dimensions and disciplines to include performance, installation, soundworks, sculpture, photography and video. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Riverside Art Center, Chicago IL and SLOT, Sydney, AU. Carlisle is co-founder of the project Sounding Room, a traveling exhibition that will premiere at Locust Projects in February 2015. She was recently included on “Archival Feedback” a vinyl record produced by Other Electricities and will perform for the International Noise Conference 2015. She is represented by Emerson Dorsch.
Michael Conti is a photographer, mixed media and video artist based in Anchorage, Alaska. He earned a BFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design. In 2016 he will be mounting a major solo exhibit at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. His video work has been shown at the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, South Korea, ContainR at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada and won awards at the Anchorage International Film Festival. He received a project award from the Rasmuson Foundation in 2006 and is a Connie Boocheever Fellow from the Alaska State Council on the Arts in 2011. He presently teaches printmaking, photography and video art at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Vanessa Dion Fletcher graduated from York University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Certificate in Indigenous Studies, since then she has continued to live and work in Toronto. Dion Fletcher is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on printmaking and performance. Dion Fletcher’s work has been exhibited at The Art Gallery of Peterborough: Jiigbiing – At The Edge Where The Water and Land Meet and at Art Mûr in Montreal Quebec: A Stake in the Ground: Contemporary Native Art Manifestation. In Addition to her own art practice Dion Fletcher works with the T.D.S.B Aboriginal Artist collective on community arts projects and co-curated the exhibition Emnowaangosjig || Coming Out: The Shifting and Multiple Self with Jessie Short.
Darja Filippova (Dasha) is an interdisciplinary writer from Tallinn, Estonia with no permanent home. Her work comes from the experience of immigration and the disillusionment of the USSR and aims to define alternative narratives of belonging. Her academic writing deals with post-socialist art and politics and is informed by critical theory and the discourse on translation. She has an ongoing interest in religion as a mode of resistance, and her thesis traces lineages of Orthodox aesthetics and political protest art in Russia. Dasha holds a BA in East Asian Studies and Chinese from Smith College, an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in History and Religion from Central European University, Budapest. Apart from her native Russian, Dasha is fluent in English, Estonian, French, Italian, Spanish and Mandarin.
Gelare Khoshgozaran is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and translator working across the mediums of video, performance, installation and writing. Born and raised in Tehran and living in Los Angeles, she envisions the city as an imaginary space between asylum as “the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee” and the more dated meaning of the word, “an institution offering shelter and support to people who are mentally ill.”Gelare is the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2015 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and the 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. She is the co-founder of contemptorary.org.
Carmela Delia Lanzabegan writing poetry when one of her elementary school teachers asked the class to write a poem using the weekly spelling words. A child of a working-class, Italian immigrant family (her first language, Napolitano, has been added to the UNESCO list of endangered languages of the world), Lanza lived on the margins of suburban, middle-class America. She was the first member of her family to complete college, and she has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of New Mexico at Gallup, in Gallup, NM where she teaches mostly first-generation college students from poor and working-class communities. Malafemmina Press published Lanza’s first chapbook of poems, Long Island Girl, and Finishing Line Press recently published her second collection of poems, So Rough A Messenger. Her work has also appeared in numerous journals including Melus, Frontiers, BorderSenses, Southwestern Women: New Voices, Puerto del Sol, The Taos Review, and Voices in Italian Americana.
Kate Partridge is the author of the chapbook Intended American Dictionary (MIEL, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Pleiades, Blackbird, Alaska Quarterly Review, andColorado Review. She lives in Anchorage, where she teaches at the University of Alaska Anchorage and co-edits Gazing Grain Press.
Sheryl Maree Reily is a visual artist working in all media. Her work responds to the cultural, economic and technological forces actively shaping our collective existence, and advocates for human and environmental health. Sheryl was born in New Zealand and immigrated to Alaska to work as a registered nurse, where she has also worked in the fishing, hospitality and creative industries. Sheryl has longstanding ties to Mexico. While these communities are geographically distant, the ground they inevitably share is the struggle of small communities and individuals to balance economic survival with human and environmental wellbeing. Recent awards include a Rasmuson Fellowship, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, National Park Service and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service artist residencies. Sheryl Maree Reily is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, and is represented by Getty Images.