Paul Brach Lecture Series

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

Maria Maea

Maria Maea is a multidisciplinary artist working in production, installation and performance. Through film, sculpture and movement, she deepens her connection to source.

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Beili Liu

Beili Liu is a visual artist who creates material-and-process-driven, site-responsive installations. Working with commonplace materials and elements such as thread, scissors, paper, stone, wax and water, Liu manipulates their intrinsic qualities to extrapolate complex cultural narratives. As Kay Whitney wrote about Liu's work in Sculpture Magazine: "Liu’s installations leap from obsession and repetition to something profound and expansive, merging the personal with the political." 

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Sara Madandar

Sara Madandar is an Iranian multi-disciplinary artist based in New Orleans. She received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in painting from the Azad University of Art and Architecture in Tehran. 

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Clarissa Tossin

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. 

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

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Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

TERESA HUBBARD (Irish/ American/ Swiss, born in Dublin, Ireland 1965) and ALEXANDER BIRCHLER (Swiss, born in Baden, Switzerland 1962) have been working collaboratively in film, photography and sculpture since 1990. They live and work in Austin, USA and Berlin, Germany.

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Nebras Hoveizavi

Nebras Hoveizavi was born in Ahavaz, and lived in United States since her 20s, she graduated from California  Institute of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Photo-Media in May 2014, and M.F.A. from the same Institute in May  2016.

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Anya Paintsil

Based in Manchester, Anya Paintsil is a Welsh and Ghanaian artist working primarily with textiles. Frequently using weaves, braids and other hair pieces (as well as her own hair), Paintsil laces debates around race and gender into the very fabric of her work. Anya Paintsil works at the intersection of textile and sculpture, engaged in practices like rug-hooking, embroidery, and tapestry-making, some of which she learned from family members. In terms of material, she frequently incorporates weaves, braids, and other hair pieces into her works. Painstil’s oeuvre—which explores topics such as the female gaze, personal relationships, and collective prejudices—are informed by the artist’s experiences growing up in North Wales in a mixed-race family.

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Abby Chen

Abby Chen is the Curator and Artistic Director for the Chinese Culture Foundation. She has more than 10 years of experience curating visual arts, film, and performing arts programs. She is responsible for the Foundation’s artistic vision, planning, and management, including exhibition, public art, collection, communication, publication, and strategic partnerships.

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Janice McNab

**This event has been updated to reflect the new date of Nov. 16, 2021.** Janice McNab is a Scottish artist and academic who now lives in the Netherlands. From 2020-2022 she is also a post-doctoral scholar with The University of the Arts, The Hague / Leiden University.

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Cannupa Hanska Luger

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico based multidisciplinary artist who uses social collaboration in response to timely and site-specific issues. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold and is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota and European descent. Luger produces multi-pronged projects that take many forms—through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, new media, technology and repurposed materials,

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Vaughan Larsen

Larsen received their BFA with an emphasis in Photography from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in May 2019. Later that same year, they earned first place in the 2019 Getty Images Creative Bursary Award, first prize in thAmsterdam Pride Photo Award, and was named a 2019 Emerging Fellow by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation MarL. Nohl Fellowship. 

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Areli Arellano

Areli Arellano is a Los Angeles-based artist working in a variety of mediums. Inspired by Latine culture, Areli's work explores religion, race, and gender. Exploring the juxtaposition between hard concepts and soft materials, she creates pieces with faux fur and other plush fabrics. The bright colors and textures draw viewers in, while the messages behind her work offer a place for reflection once they are fully captivated. Areli wants to create safe spaces for people of color, specifically women of color. She creates work that reminds POC of home while simultaneously challenging those in positions of privilege and power. 

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Debra Klomp Ching

Debra Klomp Ching is the co-owner of the Klompching Gallery. In addition to owning and operating the gallery, she is a freelance consultant, writer, curator and educator.Her writing has been published in Magenta Magazine, photo-eye Booklist, (re)collect, Nahtsellen, At Length and PDN.

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