Simone Couto is a United States-based interdisciplinary artist. Her latest works focus on immigration, identity, and human connection to place. She refers to her installations as urban and environmental social-political choreographies. She reorders landscapes and experiences, tying them to history, time, philosophy, science, and language. Through her work, she offers viewers the possibility of reexamining one’s identity and sense of belonging.
Simone Couto (born in Brazil, 1975) received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts Art Practice Program, New York, a BA in Creative Arts from the University of San Francisco, and studied Theater Arts at The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been shown in the United States and internationally, including Gwacheon National Science Museum, South Korea; and Pioneer Works; Invisible Dog Art Center; Electronic Arts Intermix; El Museo de Los Sures; Momenta Art, all New York. Since 2015, she has co-organized the NYC Anarchist Arts Festival at Judson Memorial Church.simonecouto.com
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Joshua Liebowitz is interested in socio-technical absurdity as a measure of the contemporary condition. He combines computational objects, research acts, and physical materials into assemblages that unsettle the technological gaze produced by hidden media infrastructures and labor practices. Documenting these inherited subjectivities, Liebowitz tries to provide situations where preconfigured identity and experiences of exhaustion, vulnerability and confusion can be rethought in terms of expression and autonomy.
Joshua Liebowitz (born 1980) studied poetry and music at Columbia University, earning his BA in English. His works have recently been shown at CAFA International Gallery, Beijing; Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn; NARS Foundation and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn; and Flux Factory, Queens, amongst others. Joshua’s commissions include The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, and Electric Objects. His works have been discussed in The Atlantic, Art F City, Packet BiWeekly, Jacket2, and Huffington Post. He was a 2017 artist-in-residence at NARS Foundation.joshualiebowitz.com
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Martha Skou is an interdisciplinary artist who moves freely between audible and visual worlds. Both analytical and experimental, her work toys with opposites in color, shape and/or sound. She has created personal universes surrounding her work both in her collaborations and solo projects. Her language is abstract and atmospheric, with compositions in spatial formats as well as two-dimensional media.
Martha Skou has exhibited her work at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Telfair Museums, Savannah; and Pioneer Works, New York, among others.marthaskou.com