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Roundtable: Diversity work | notes on body politics & space invaders

March 25, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC-5


Roundtable: Diversity work | notes on body politics & space invaders
March 25 | 2-4 pm

Participants: Maya Suess, Ayana Evans, Chloë Bass, Macon Reed, Dina El Kaisy
Friemuth from Feminist Collective with No Name & Laura Morrison
Organized by art historian Claudine Zia & Flux Factory

“Diversity work” is a round table discussion that responds to current
perspectives in feminist art. Moderated by artist Laura Morrison, topics under
discussion will include intersectional feminism, body culture in public spheres and
institutional frames.
Maya Suess is an artist and arts administrator. She works as the Managing Director of Flux
Factory, where she oversees an Artists-in- Residency program hosting over 40 artists annually,
manages extensive programming in the public exhibition space, and wears many other
institutional hats. She also makes drawings, installations, videos and other mischievous
entities. Maya is a 2017 SHIFT Resident at the Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts; In 2016 she
had a solo show at the Leslie Lohman Gay and Lesbian Museum Prince Street Project (NYC),
and a work included in the Museum’s 50 years of Collecting Exhibition in 2017. Maya has
also shown work at the Film Anthology Archives (NYC); The European Cultural Capital,
Umeå2014 (Umeå, Sweden); The Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, Canada) among many
others. She holds a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and an
MFA in contemporary performance from Simon Fraser University.

Ayana Evans is a NYC based artist. Evans received her MFA in painting from the Tyler
School of Art at Temple University and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. She
has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center.
In 2015 she received the Jerome Foundation’s Theater and Travel & Study Grant for artistic
research abroad. During Summer 2016 Evans completed her installment of the residency,
“Back in Five Minutes” at El Museo Del Barrio in NYC. Evans’s on-going
performances/public interventions include: “Operation Catsuit”and “I Just Came Here to Find
a Husband.” She has curated and co-curated performance art shows throughout the U.S and
worked in arts education for a decade.

Chloë Bass is a multiform conceptual artist working in performance, situation, conversation,
publication, and installation. Her work uses daily life as a site of deep research to address
scales of intimacy: where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. She began her work
with a focus on the individual (The Bureau of Self-Recognition, 2011 – 2013), has recently
concluded a study of pairs (The Book of Everyday Instruction, 2015 – 2017), and will continue
to scale up gradually until she’s working at the scale of the metropolis. Chloë has held
numerous fellowships and residencies; 2017’s included Triangle Art Association, the Center
for Book Arts, and Antenna’s Spillways Fellowship. Her projects have appeared nationally
and internationally, including recent exhibits at the Kitchen, the Brooklyn Museum, CUE Art
Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for

Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Her forthcoming book will be
published by the Operating System in May 2018. Writing has also appeared on Hyperallergic,
Arts.Black, and the Walker Reader among others. She is an Assistant Professor of Art at
Queens College, CUNY.

Macon Reed is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting,
and participatory projects. Her work has shown at venues including PULSE NYC Special
Projects, BRIC Media Arts, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Art F City FAGallery, Chicago
Cultural Center, Mana Contemporary, Roots & Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, ICA Baltimore, and Athens Museum of Queer Arts in Greece. Reed completed her
MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a University Fellow in 2013 and received her
BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Additionally she studied Radio
Documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Physical Theater at the Dah
International School in Belgrade. Most recently Reed was an artist in residence at the
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a Research Fellow at Eyebeam Center for

Dina El Kaisy Friemuth from Feminist Collective with No Name
FCNN (Feminist Collective with No Name, or in Danish FKUN – Feministisk Kollektiv Uden
Navn) is an art collective with artists Dina El Kaisy Friemuth, Anita Beikpour, Annika
Aschberg and Lil B. Wachmann. They are based in Denmark, Germany and Sweden and are
fighting for intersectional feminism in arts. This is being done through performative gestures
such as texts, lectures, readers, workshops, videos, performances, interviews, call outs and

Laura Morrison is an artist from London. Her work inspects and unpacks seemingly minor
episodes of emotion and sensation where grief or anger were too quietly called for – turning
them over to spectacular theatrical subjects through writing, performance, painting for
remembrance and scrutiny as expanded literary experiences.  Her work has appeared at
venues including the ICA Theater in London, Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, Socrates Sculpture
Park in New York and been supported via residencies including Hospitalfield, Arbroath,
Scotland (2017), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA (2017), Pioneer
Works, Studio Residency, New York (2016-17) and the Open Sessions Program at The
Drawing Center, New York (2014-16). Morrison has an MFA from Goldsmiths and BA
Painting from Chelsea, both in London


March 25, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC-5


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