Clarissa Tossin

Clarissa Tossin

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Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Clarissa Tossin is a visual artist who uses installation, video, performance, sculpture, and photography to negotiate hybridization of cultures and the persistence of difference. By embracing semantic displacements in given material cultural ecosystems, Tossin's work reflects on circulation from the level of the body to the global industry. 

Tossin's has been exhibited widely, including in the exhibition Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modem Architecture, New Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2018), and in the 12th Gwangju Biennale in Gwangju, South Korea (2018). In 2017, Tossin received a commission from the city of Los Angeles as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA for the exhibition Condemned to be Modern at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Also in conjunction with PST: LA/LA, her work was included in the exhibition Mundos Altemos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas at the VCR/California Museum of Photography, which will travel to the Queens Museum in 2019. 

As a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University (2017-18), Tossin worked towards the installation Encontro das Aguas (Meeting of Waters) (2018), which became the subject of a solo exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. The project unfolded into a new exhibition, Future Fossil (2019), commissioned by the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University. Tossin's work has been exhibited domestically at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn.; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, Calif.; SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Queens Museum, New York; and internationally at the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; There Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brazil; La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mullhouse, France; SESC Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil; and Skulpturenrnuseum Glaskasten Marl, Marl, Germany. 

Tossin is the recipient of a Fellows of Contemporary Art Fellowship (2019) and an Artadia Los Angeles Award (2018); a Fellowship for Visual Artists from the California Community Foundation (2014); and an Artistic Innovation project grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation (2012). She holds an MFA from California Institute of Arts. 

All lectures are free, open to the public, and presented online. RSVP required. 

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