Past Resident2017: Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
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
Past Resident2017: Alfred Kordelin Foundation
Pekka & Teija Isorättyä
Artist duo Pekka & Teija Isorättyä work together with a variety of media, producing mainly kinetic and electromechanical sculptures. The Isorättyä’s artwork reflects the problematic and close relationship between man and machine. They use found materials, sometimes inspired by the people they meet, such as medical equipment, solar panels, tuna or pig skin, to bring attention to the environment around us. In their work, they investigate how to convey human values and concepts through the machines.
Pekka & Teija Isorättyä (both born 1980, Finland) met in kindergarten. They studied art together at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and completed their MA in 2010. Pekka & Teija Isorättyä started their career in Mexico City with an exhibition at Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual in 2008. They have exhibited in other spaces in Mexico including Anahuacalli Museum, Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros and Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público. In 2010, the Isorättyä’s founded the art space Invalid Robot Factory in Berlin. From 2013-2015, they travelled to Japan, Mexico, and the Baltic region in a sailboat.
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Residents from Finland
Past Resident2017: Dedalus Foundation
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.