Didier William is a painter and printmaker. His objects are collaged, carved, painted, and drawn to produce a painting surface that resists the rigidity of his materials. He draws from memory, oratory and historical archives to reimagine narratives of the black diaspora.
Didier William is originally from Port-au-prince, Haiti. He received his BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale School of Art. His work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum of Art; The Fraenkel Gallery, San Fransisco; Frederick and Freiser Gallery, New York; and Gallery Schuster, Berlin. He was an artist in residence at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, and has taught at Yale School of Art, Vassar College, Columbia University, and SUNY Purchase. William is currently the Chair of the MFA Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.didierwilliam.com
Residents from United States
Marte Danielsen Jølbo
Marte Danielsen Jølbo is a curator, writer and editor. Her curatorial practice is concerned with site-specificity and transdisciplinary collaborations. She is interested in self-organisation, the relationship between curator and artist and in developing new tools and methods for curatorial writing.
Marte Danielsen Jølbo is a co-founder of Another Space, a project space for art and architecture, and is also co-founder and editor of the web journal Contemporary Art Stavanger. She is the author and editor of several essays and art publications. She has curated exhibitions at Open Source Gallery, New York City; Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City; insitu, Berlin, among others. Jølbo participated in Curatorial Program for Research, Mexico, 2017, and is the recipient of a Stavanger Curatorial Fellowship.
Residents from Norway
Alexis Dahan’s work is an examination of the different forms taken by the city’s erosion. He creates public interventions directly on the street by disrupting existing relations we have with common urban elements such as payphones, fire hydrant, pot-holes, fire alarms, news racks or cobblestone roads. He also maintains a studio practice where he creates sculptures that use the manufactured urban object as raw material to give it a new form and a new purpose. Dahan uses charcoal drawing to document some urban phenomenon that he finds particularly engaging aesthetically.
Alexis Dahan is a French artist and writer who has been living in New York since 2005. He completed his master’s degree in Literature and Philosophy in Paris and studied Journalism at New York University in 2007. Dahan had his first solo exhibition at Half Gallery in 2012. In 2013, Dahan’s installation We serve selected texts was installed at the entrance of Dia Art Foundation’s headquarters in Chelsea. Since, Dahan has had several solo shows in the United States and Europe, including a commission by the Art Production Fund and an intervention with the Fire Department New York. He has conducted and published interviews with artists including Joseph Kosuth, Jeff Wall, Gabriel Orozco, Lawrence Weiner, Giuseppe Penone and Barbara Kruger.alexisdahan.com