Sonia Louise Davis
Sonia Louise Davis engages improvisation across installation, writing, weaving and performance. In her practice, Davis creates experimental scores using an invented graphic notation. Her work is deeply informed by critical race and feminist theory as well as her training as a jazz vocalist.
Sonia Louise Davis was born and raised in New York City. In September 2016 her large-scale collaborative performance shake the stars with your song premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has exhibited work at Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York City; and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. This past spring her writing was published in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. An honors graduate of Wesleyan University and alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program, Sonia lives and works in Harlem.
Residents from United States
Taloi Havini utilizes a wide variety of media to explore issues about maintaining inherited knowledge systems across time and space, including ceramics, sculpture, installation, photography and film. Her practice centers on deconstructing the politics of location.
Taloi Havini was born in Bougainville, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. She currently lives and works between Sydney and Bougainville. Havini received a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University where she majored in ceramics, photomedia, and art and politics. She engages with collections and archives and often responds to these experiences with experimental installations and exhibitions at institutions including the Sharjah Biennial 13; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.taloihavini.com
Residents from Australia
Olli Keränen’s works often address shared spaces. The focal point of his practice is the dialogue created in gallery spaces, where discussions happen between the artist, viewer and the art works. The physical presence of a viewer is pivotal to Keränen’s works.
Olli Keränen has had solo exhibitions in Copenhagen and Helsinki in addition to group shows in Finland and abroad, including SIC, Helsinki; Galerie Anhava, Helsinki; and Malmö Konsthall. Keränen is the recipient of the William Thuring Prize, 2016, and the Raimo Utriainen Art Foundation Award for Young Sculptor, 2013.ollikeranen.com