'Making Space': Juri Koll, Sage Paisner, Cindy Santos Bravo

'Making Space': Juri Koll, Sage Paisner, Cindy Santos Bravo

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The Patty Disney Center for Life and Work with The Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture series presents Making Space: a conversation with CalArts alumni with art-related initiatives, on Friday, April 30. 

Moderated by co-coordinators Juan Herrera (Art-IM MFA 21) and Fía Benitez (Art MFA 21), featuring panelists: 

Sage Paisner
Sage Paisner records family, friends and mentors using video and photography in order to bring forward the stories that are so often left out of mainstream history books and the media. The stories and images are an attempt at creating a history that represents the struggles of the community. Focusing on issues of poverty, sovereignty, social activism, and local land rights, the idea of what a family album represents and how it operates and is expanded. He travels to places and communities of historical importance in Northern New Mexico, Navajo Nation, Los Angeles and South Dakota with a camera to document the people and the land.

Paisner received a MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts working with Allan Sekula Joann Callis, Harry Gamboa jr and others. He earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico working with Joyce Neimanas, Patrick Nagatani and Jim Stone. He has been nominated for awards such as, the Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer in January 2014 and the 5th Annual Jeunes Talents Photography Program in January 2011. He was born in Oregon in 1982, his family moved to  Santa Fe, NM, where he grew up. He is Executive Director of Foto Forum Santa Fe, full time faculty at California State Summer School for the Arts, and special faculty at Calarts where he teaches alternative processes and mural size analog black and white and color printing.

Juri Koll
Juri Koll (b. 1961) has exhibited widely at Photo LA, Cameravision, Muzeumm, Temporary Space LA, LA Louver, California Institute of the Arts, UC, San Diego, Art + Practice, the Torrance Art Museum, the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Art and History and the Long Beach Museum of Art Annex along with many others.

His art film work appears in universities, galleries and museum collections including the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, Brown University, College of DuPage Library, Corvallis Public Library, McAlester College, and Trinity University.

Cindy Santos Bravo
Cindy Santos Bravo (b. 1978) is a San Diego-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. Bravo explores the language of the peripheral and its constant state of redevelopment. By having an awareness to one's adaptability, one’s connection to life is deepened by the objects and experiences which intentionally signify beliefs, rituals, and acceptance. Unrestricted by media, she has orchestrated exchanges involving music and dance practitioners, collaborated on sculptural designs with custom boot makers in Mexico, designed wall scale paintings with the influence of master rotulo producers, as well as constructed videos addressing introspection, meditation, and persistence.

Bravo grew up in Dallas, Texas where she received her BA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Dallas, and went on to receive her MFA in the Program of Art at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2006. Bravo’s work has been selected to show in international and national group exhibitions in Goods to Declare in Tel Aviv, Israel (2006); two Mexicali Biennials (2006 and 2013) in Mexicali and Monterrey, Mexico; Here, There, and Beyond (2010) Dallas Contemporary in Dallas, Texas; Unpopular In Between (2012) Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts; Ejercicio del Diálogo #1, Casa Vecina, Mexico City; and her work was recently selected for a group exhibition in Mexico City at Museo del Arte Carrillo Gil.