Joshua Liebowitz is interested in the elements of social and cultural interactions between persons and systems, and how these points of overlap shape the uncanny reality fabric. In his projects, he combines processes of investigative journalism, documentary, historical method, together with speculative fiction, poetics, and absurdist intervention to produce assemblages and installations of expanded research and varied materials. What Liebowitz is after in these works is a visible language that gives form and way to immaterial considerations, with the hope that in turn, the cycles of psychologic infrastructure that consequence personal experience and public policy reveal themselves as a navigable, if necessarily tensional space.
Joshua Liebowitz earned his BA at Columbia University. Liebowitz’s works have been shown at CAFA International Gallery, Beijing; Transmitter Gallery, New York; ISCP, Pioneer Works, The Boiler|Pierogi, and NARS Foundation (New York), amongst others. His commissions include The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church; Flux Factory; Electric Objects, and his works have been discussed in a variety of publications, including The Atlantic; Art News; Art Uncovered; ArtFCity; Jacket 2; Packet BiWeekly; Huffington Post; and Bedford+Bowery. He lives and works in New York City.joshualiebowitz.com
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Mariajosé Fernández-Plenge is interested in the effects of time. She works primarily with photography, sculpture and installation. Her most recent work explores how the passing years have affected the relationship between mankind and nature, and the consequences of it.
Mariajosé Fernández-Plenge is a graduate from the International Center of Photography, New York, and has a B.A. in Audiovisual Media at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas, Lima. She also has diplomas from Central Saint Martins, the University of Arts London; Universidad Europea de Madrid; and Centro de la Imagen, Peru. Her work has been shown internationally including Casa de América, Madrid; the United States Embassy of Peru, Lima; and the International Center of Photography, New York City, among others.mfernandezplenge.com
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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 impact society and ecosystems. Couto investigates the concept of poetics of relations and the auto-biography of places, including diaspora, displacement, hospitality, collective memory, and cultural preservation. She has used soil as physical and metaphorical grounds of dwelling. Currently, she’s working with immigrant and refugees—documenting and preserving their histories. Her findings become multimedia installations.
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.simonecouto.com