Simone Couto is a United States-based interdisciplinary artist, poet, curator, and educator. She is interested in how the interconnection between place and individuals, both in nature and urban settings, shapes identities and impacts society and ecosystems.
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; and Momenta Art, all New York. She is a current faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, New York.simonecouto.com
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Joshua Liebowitz’ practice is research focused and medium diverse. He is interested in a type of navigational project for Art which can inscribe as much as redirect the absurdity of the human condition through installations and events which negotiate between communication technologies, archive, narrative, and the articulation of social structures.
Joshua Liebowitz earned his BA at Columbia University. Liebowitz’ most recent solo exhibition was on view at this year’s SPRING/BREAK (New York, 2019). His work has been presented at CAFA International Gallery (Beijing); ISCP; NARS Foundation; Pioneer Works, and St. Mark’s Church (New York), amongst others. Joshua’s projects have been discussed in a variety of publications and media, including ARTNews, The Atlantic, Gothamist, Art F City, Art Uncovered, Packet BiWeekly, Bedford+Bowery, and Jacket2. He lives and works in New York City.joshualiebowitz.com
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Alison Nguyen’s work explores the ways in which images are produced, disseminated, and consumed within the current media landscape, exposing the socio-political conditions from which they arise. Creating strategies for dissent, she re-articulates mainstream cinematic language in unsettlingly seductive installation, video, and sculptural works that generate a self-aware gaze within which the viewer becomes both producer and consumer of their own spectacle.
Alison Nguyen received her B.A. from Brown University. She has presented work at Ann Arbor Film Festival; CROSSROADS presented by San Francisco Cinematheque and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Channels Festival International Biennial of Video Art, Melbourne; Microscope Gallery, New York and AC Gallery, Beijing, among others. Nguyen has participated in residencies and/or been awarded fellowships from The Institute of Electronic Arts, Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center, and BRIC. She has been awarded grants from NYSCA and The New York Community Trust. In 2018, Nguyen was featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.alisonnguyen.com