Megan Francis Sullivan
Megan Francis Sullivan’s practice gleans cultural artifacts and identities by enacting or interpreting works and objects from specific sources. Her expanding body of work questions the historical baseboard of artistic work as site and time-specific. Projects such as the repainting of Rosa Bonheur’s The Horse Fair, the building of tables inspired from those of the Cooper Union library during its tuition crisis, and a painting series that that inverts Paul Cezanne’s The Bathers, are examples of how the artist interrogates artworks outside of their cultural context.
Megan Francis Sullivan (born 1975, Stamford, Connecticut) currently lives and works in Berlin. Sullivan studied at Cooper Union, New York and Städelschule, Frankfurt. Recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Bern, 2016; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, 2015; Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, 2014; and Mathew Gallery, Berlin, 2014. Group exhibitions include Carlos/Ishikawa, London, 2016; Mathew Gallery, New York, 2015; VI, VII, Oslo, 2014; Freymond-Guth, Zurich, 2013; castillo/corrales, Paris, 2013; and Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany, 2013.
Residents from Germany
Chiara Fumai’s performative practice belongs to the tradition of female psychics. She freely (mis)interprets and combines the words of different controversial entities into new stories, questioning their symbolic meaning and representation. Her work engages radical feminism, media culture, language and repression. Fumai’s starting point is lecture-performances, which later evolves into installations, videos, collages, sound, embroidery and fictional documentation.
Chiara Fumai lives in Milan. She was the winner of the ninth edition of the Furla Art Award, 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Der Hexenhammer, Museion, Bolzano, Italy, 2015; With Love from $inister, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, 2013; and I Did Not Say or Mean ‘Warning’, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, 2013. Recent group exhibitions and performances have been presented at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 2015; CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, 2015; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2014; De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam, 2014; Nottingham Contemporary, 2014; Fiorucci Art Trust, London, 2014; MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, 2013; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012; Studio Voltaire, London, 2014; Nomas Foundation, Rome, 2011; and MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2011.
Residents from Italy
Claire Paterson’s current practice involves working with models and other artists in a collaborative myth-making process. Paterson hosts experimental photo sessions, where models are provided with a collection of various costumes, sculpture, and installation elements. They pick out items that appeal to them most, before starting to generate spontaneous poses. Other artists are invited to contribute elements, installations and objects to the modeling sessions, incorporating their own art into the process.
Claire Paterson is a contemporary painter and graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. After she graduated, she used a British Airways Travel Bursary to fund a trip around California, New Mexico, Mexico, Arizona and Texas, to do research on the iconography of various religious groups in these states. Paterson has also spent time collaborating with other artists at the Cornaro Institute, Cyprus.