Jonah King is a filmmaker and media artist who works on the intersection of cinema and social practice. King’s work traces the connections between landscape, ecology, ideology and structures of power.
Whether populating a gallery with increasing numbers of security guards; co-choreographing dance narratives with an Indian primary school; bringing friends and their lovers to embrace in his studio; convincing Republican golfers to play a round in the desert; or inviting public school children to imagine a future lived on asteroids; King’s work always includes a lot of people. Accordingly, the rituals they perform come to exemplify moments where ideology is enacted through the body.
Jonah King (Dublin, 1985) lives and works in New York. He received his B.F.A. from NCAD, Dublin, his M.F.A. from Columbia University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has featured in Artforum, The Irish Times, Washington Post and RTE. King is a recipient of the Owen Walshe Award, Andrew Fisher Fellowship and is represented in the Irish State Collection. His work is exhibited internationally.
Daniel G. Baird (1984, Edison, NJ) lives and works in Chicago, IL (US). Baird received his B.F..A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 2011. Selected recent solo exhibitions include of the water, GRIMM (2018); Field Station: Daniel G. Baird (2017) at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, MI (US); Thereof (2017) at Granite City Arts and Design District, Saint Louis, MO (US); When (2016) at PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL (US); Strata (2014) at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL (US); Has the World Already Been Made? x4 (2013) at Roots and Culture, Chicago, IL (US); This New Ocean (2012) at Appendix Project Space, Portland, OR (US); Has the World Already Been Made? (2011) at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (NL); and Russell Leng and Daniel G. Baird (2011) at Hungryman Gallery, Chicago, IL (US). His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Unthought Environment (2018) at The Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL (US); The Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg (SE); Bearable Lightness of Being (2017) at GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL); HWBMx7 (2015) Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels (BE); Habeas Corpus (2015) iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN (US); Real Things About Real Things (2015) at American Medium, New York, NY (US); Has the World Already Been Made? (2015) at Leeds University College of Art, Leeds (UK); GYRE: ALEX CHITTY AND DANIEL G. BAIRD (2015) at Land and Sea, Oakland, CA (US); Ultra Deep-Field (2014) at Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL (US); There is a Screen (2014) at LVL3, Chicago, IL (US); Distant Images, Local Positions (2014) at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY (US); and We Ghosts (2012) at Koh-iNoor, Copenhagen (DK).
Born in Siberia, Russia and raised in Israel, Ruslana Lichtzier is a curator, writer, and educator. Her background as a migrant propels cultural productions that aim to nest radical imagination of difference and change. She is the initiator and co-director of TriumphSchool Manual Project, in Triumph, Illinois, and of the project space Triumph, Chicago. Recent productions include the group exhibition “The Dangerous Professors,” Flatland, Houston, TX, and the research project in form of a group exhibition “Terrorists in The Library,” Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL. She recently concluded a two years fellowship in Core, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX. She is the Co-Director of Jewish Artist Fellowship, at Spertus, Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Lichtzieris also a contributor writer for The Seen Magazine (EXPO Chicago). Most recently she taught at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Spertus Institute.
Jaimie Warren is based in Brooklyn, NY, and is a multidisciplinary artist and Co-Director/Creator of the community arts project and fake public access tv show “Whoop Dee Doo”. Warren is a NYFA Fellow in Interdisciplinary Arts, and has been awarded artist residencies in NYC with the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, BRIC, Abrons AIRspace, American Medium and Pioneer Works. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Art in America, artnet, ArtNews, and ArtForum among others. Warren is the recipient of the Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer, and is a featured artist in ART21's documentary series "New York Close Up".
Sanaz Sohrabi’s (Tehran.1988) studio practice intertwines and crosses paths with research and acts of gatherings, rendering them as a coalesce of theoretical inquiry and practice, often inseparable from one another. Working with experimental moving image, installation and objects, Sohrabi looks at visual traces, acts of viewership and their reciprocal dis/reappearances to investigate the impermanence and malleability of archival records and historical narratives. She received her B.F.A. from University of Tehran, and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Ph.D. researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at the Concordia University, Montreal. Awarded residencies include ZK/U Berlin (2018), SOMA Summer School Mexico City (2017), Est-Nord-Est résidence d’artistes (2016), Vermont Studio Center (2015) and Chicago Artist coalition Bolt Program (2014-2015), among others. Exhibitions and festivals include Videonale 16 Bonn, Fiva 06 Buenos Aires (first prize for short film), Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival 2017, Images festival 2017 Toronto, Transart Triennale 16 Berlin, Expo Chicago 2013, and 6018 North Gallery in Chicago, among others. She co-directs Tamaas online journal on arts and politics, an online platform of non-simulation and public speaking, a space for declaration of thoughts, desires and where urgencies manifest.
Video still from "Notes on Seeing Double," 10:20 Minutes, 2018.
Betsy Alwin received her M.F.A. from Illinois State University, a B.F.A. in sculpture and a B.A. in Spanish language from Minnesota State University. A mid-career artist, she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens (Mass MoCA), the National Botatic Gardens in Washington D.C., The University of Washington, Tacoma, AIR Gallery, New York, and No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn, NY. Public commisions include a permanent sculpture in Tokyo, Japan. Recent exhibition venues include De Chiara Projects, Stone Ridge NY; Kolman and Pryor Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, the Waiting Room Gallery, Edina, MN, and the Marian Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI. Alwin has forthcoming solo exhibitions at the Phipps Center, Hudson, WI and Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis. She was awarded a 2017 Arts Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.