As an artist working at the junction of analogue and digital media, Rhys Himsworth’s paintings, prints, photographs and multimedia installations attempt to form a discourse around issues of surveillance, mimesis, simulacrum and authorship. He mixes natural elements with the machine to create hybrids and attempts to articulate virtual media though translating its information into physical manifestations. This often takes place through installations that are physical, but have a generative component through their use of network-based media. Information from these sources is then used to generate a physical outcome whereby the viewer is confronted with, and often part of, a complex informational experience.
Rhys Himsworth received his BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins and his MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited in Europe, North America and the Middle East including solo shows at Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. He also took part in the International Contemporary Art Biennial, Locws International, Swansea, United Kingdom; India Art Fair, New Delhi; and the CICA Museum, Gimpo, South Korea. Himsworth has been a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins and University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom; University of São Paulo Brazil; and Art Institute of Chicago.
Residents from Qatar
Gian Maria Tosatti
Gian Maria Tosatti creates environmental installations. His projects are usually long-term investigations of topics related to identity. Tosatti focuses on exploring the idea of cities as analogies of their inhabitants’ soul. He is currently developing a project in New York City called I’ve already been here, reflecting on the value of a single human life in this moment of history.
Gian Maria Tosatti (born Rome, 1980) began his career in performing arts in 2002 at Teatro Era-Centro Sperimentazione e Ricerca Teatrale. In 2005, he undertook research at the confluence of architecture and visual arts, which has since inspired all his subsequent site-specific installations. Tosatti is working on two projects, Fondamenta, based on the identification of contemporary age archetypes and Le considerazioni…, dedicated to the enigmas of personal memories and the traces that humans leave behind. His work has been shown at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina, Naples; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; American Academy in Rome; and Museo Villa Croce, Genoa.
Residents from Italy
Betty Yu is an interdisciplinary artist who uses multimedia platforms to tell the stories of marginalized, underrepresented and underserved people. Her creative work is influenced by her direct experience as a daughter raised by immigrant garment worker parents. In her artwork, Yu approaches social issues through personal stories, family narrative and community history. Her work has explored issues ranging from labor rights, immigrant justice, militarism and housing equity. In the past several years, Yu’s art projects and installations have allowed her to engage with directly impacted communities through onsite installations, projections, participatory workshops and media production.
Betty Yu is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, educator and activist. She co-founded the Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural collective telling anti-gentrification stories of Chinatown tenants through public projections. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. Yu’s multi-media installation, The Garment Worker was featured at Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive. She co-created Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing, which was on view at the Agitprop! group show at Brooklyn Museum. Yu is a 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art and received the 2016 SOAPBOX Artist Award from the Laundromat Project. She has received funding for her projects from foundations including the Paul Robeson Fund, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Art Matters.