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Residency for New Collaborations: Summer 2017

June 26 July 30, 2017

This summer NURTUREart’s space is transforming.

We’re launching a residency program for pairs of emerging artists who have wanted to work together but haven’t had the opportunity for committed collaboration. Focusing on risk-taking, creative mistakes, and experimentation, our adaptive space program supports the exploration of untapped ideas and the development of early-phase projects.

So often artists participate in programs designed for solo practices or that require a history of collaboration. Our residency for new collaborations provides space, time, and financial support for artist pairs to investigate the possibilities of a collaborative practice. The two summer sessions include Amber Atiya with Ezra Wube and Sarah Anderson with Tora López. The duration of each intensive residency session is two weeks and culminates with a public event, when the space transitions to a public site where audiences can gain access to creative processes, ideas, and conversations.

Session I
June 26–July 9, 2017
Public Event: Saturday, July 8, 4–6pm

Amber Atiya, a Black American poet, and Ezra Wube, an Ethiopian-born artist, will explore language—written, visual, and performative—and the role it plays in constructing, maintaining, dissolving, and transforming identity boundaries. Cultural distance and loss can elicit several responses, including adaptation or defiance. In her poetry and text-based work, Atiya uses non-standard English and Black cultural references as tools of resistance and healing. Wube’s video animations are meditations on becoming, forgetting, distance, and bi-lingual dreaming. Their new collaboration asserts the impossibility of a fixed, standard language and defies the illusion of singular cultural authenticity.

During their residency, Atiya and Wube will create an installation of projections featuring texts and video animation. Audiences are invited to interact with crossword puzzles, texts, and the creation of stop action animation.


Session II
July 17–July 30, 2017
Public Event: Friday, July 28, 7–9pm

Sarah Anderson and Tora López will create a series of therapeutic objects, sculpture studies and performance inquires based on their prototypical handheld self-massage tool: Tension Rope, a pliable rope that is both dense and soft, designed to access trigger points and to release tight spots in the neck and back and throughout the muscular system. Tension Rope began as an inquiry into body training, recovery technologies, and elusive physical self-improvement campaigns. Anderson and López offer us objects that promise deliverance but with a catch. Tension Rope nods to the time-honored practice of self-flagellation and mortification to attain purity. Once locked in, a cycle of shame, penance, and self-affirmation ensues. What was once offered as the cure-all quickly morphs into the contaminant. Tension Rope: self-realize, even if it kills you.

During their residency, Anderson and López will further beta test Tension Rope collectively. Together, they will build the objects which will transform into abstracted subjects, which will be re-inserted into their individual practices in sculpture, video, and performance. Audiences are invited to touch, participate, and watch.


Residency for New Collaborations 2017 Participants

Sarah Anderson’s artistic practice engages a broad interdisciplinary investigation crossing over into many media and research areas, while remaining invested in sculpture as a specific field of inquiry. In 2015 she initiated Project Total Yang (PTY), a course of artistic production that describes personal and productive evolution through a self-cannibalizing process. Based in NYC, she is currently a New Collaborations resident at NURTUREart and an A.I.R. Governor’s Island Resident, both in Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited at venues including Abrons Art Center (New York), Helena Anrather Gallery (New York), FJORD (Philadelphia), Neimen Gallery at Columbia University (New York) and Savery Gallery (Philadelphia). She is the recipient of fellowships with Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Maine),  Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace (New York), and CanSerrat (Barcelona). She received a BFA in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania.

Amber Atiya is a multidisciplinary poet whose creative practice incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual art. Her work has appeared in various journals including Boston Review, PEN America, and Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and is forthcoming in the Bettering American Poetry Anthology and Dismantled Almosts: A 21st Century Anthology of Female Poets. She has received fellowships and residencies from Poets House and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Amber’s poems have been nominated for Best New Poets 2015 and selected for Best of the Net 2014. A proud native Brooklynite, she is the author of the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books, 2014) and a member of a women’s writing group that will be celebrating 15 years in 2017.

Tora López is a Brooklyn-based artist from New Orleans, LA and Santa Fe, NM, working in performance, sculpture, sound and text. Her solo exhibitions include Incidents In Romance Technologies 101: Making Love Out Of Nothing At All, Alaska Projects, Sydney, AU (2014) and Panties For Diamonds– A Psychodramatic Audition For Love In The Age Of Abandonment, Honey Space, New York, NY (2011). Her group exhibitions include The Times, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY (2017); The Whitney Houston Biennial, chashama, New York, NY (2017); Total Body Burden, The Museum Of Old And New Art, Tasmania, AU (2014); Cold Castle, Family Business, New York, NY (2013) and Do You Want Gold?, Life Is Art, New Orleans, LA (2010). She was an artist-in-residence at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ (2016); Lower Manhattan Cultural Counsel Workspace (2015-16) and Wassaic Projects, Wassaic, NY (2012).

Ezra Wube, born in Ethiopia, is a mixed media artist who lives and work in Brooklyn, NY. Ezra received his BFA (2004) from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA and an MFA (2009) from Hunter College, New York, NY. Through autobiography his work references the notion of past and present, the constant changing of place, and the dialogical tension between “here” and “there.” Since 2015 Ezra has organized Addis Video Art Festival, a platform for innovative international video art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. His exhibitions include The 13th Biennial de Lyon, Lyon, France (2015); Dak’Art 2014 Biennale, Dakar, Senegal (2014); The 18th International Festival of Contemporary Art SESC_Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); and At the Same Moment, Time Square Arts Midnight Moment, New York, NY (2013). His residencies and awards include LMCC Workspace Residency Program New York, NY (2017), Open Sessions Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2016); Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Emerging Artist Grant (2015); and the Triangle Arts Association Residency, Brooklyn, NY (2015)