MICHAEL PAUL BRITTO
Visual artist and DJ Michael Paul Britto creates works that respond to everyday realities. Growing up in New York, Britto was influenced by urban culture and life of the city. He received his BA from City College of New York, and later worked in advertising and television, which has influenced his use of pop culture references in his work, which includes videos, digital photography, sculpture, collage and performance. He has had residencies at the New Museum in New York, Smack Mellon, The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and LMCC. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Studio Museum of Harlem, the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw, the Victoria & Albert Museum in England, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, Brooklyn (2015), Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, New Jersey (2015) and El Museo Del Barrio, New York (2015). Britto has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, and the Brooklyn Rail.
Myra Greene was born in New York and received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico. She has received several fellowships from Illinois Arts Council and completed residencies at Light Work in Syracuse, New York, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work has been featured in several museums and galleries including Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City (2013), Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. (2012), FotoFest in Houston (2010), Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (2008) and Wadsworth Museum in Hartford, Connecticut (2006). She resides in Chicago, Illinois, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Columbia College, Chicago.
JOSHUA RASHAAD MCFADDEN
Joshua Rashaad McFadden, originally from Rochester, New York, received his BFA from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and MFA in Photography from Savannah College Art and Design. McFadden was inspired to combine his passion for civil and human rights with his passion for the arts. Projects such as Colorism, After Selma, and Come to Selfhood, address various issues that affect aspects of African-American culture and have made a global impact. McFadden was named one of the top emerging talents in the world by LensCulture and received the first place International Photography Award (IPA) for After Selma (2015). McFadden authored his first book of photographs and text from his series Come to Selfhood (ceiba Editions, 2016) and was recently awarded the first place IPA for the same series.
Mario Pfeifer from Germany studied art at the HGB Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig (2003-2006), the University of Arts Berlin (2005-2007), the Städelschule Frankfurt (2007-2008) and later the California Institute of the Arts (2008-2009). His work includes film, video installations, photography and text-based installations exploring cultural and political conditions defining our contemporary times. He has exhibited at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Santiago de Chile, Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Goethe-Institut New York and KOW Galerie, Berlin, among many places. He lives between Berlin and New York.
Roberto Visani is a multi-media artist residing in Brooklyn, New York. He received an MFA from the University of Michigan and a BFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He has exhibited internationally at venues such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Studio Musuem in Harlem, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cleveland, Ohio; Barbican Galleries, London, UK; and the Ghana National Museum in Accra. He began creating his iconic gun sculptures while on Fulbright in Ghana. Since then, he has focused on the gun symbol as the subject for his sculptures. Visani teaches at John Jay College, CUNY, New York, where he is an Associate Professor of Art.
TUMELO MOSAKA (Curator)
Tumelo Mosaka is an independent curator from Johannesburg, South Africa. Mosaka has curated several national and international exhibitions including Andrew Lyght: Full Circle, Dorsky Art Museum, New York (2016), Poetic Relations, Perez Art Museum, Miami (2015), the 1st edition International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Martinique (BIAC) (2014), and Through the Eyes of Others, Opa-locka, Florida (2015). Prior to New York, he was the former Contemporary Art Curator at the Krannert Art Museum (KAM) in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, where he curated several exhibitions including: Blind Field (2013), OPENSTUDIO (2011), MAKEBA! (2011) among others. Previous to joining KAM, Mosaka was also the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum where he curated Infinite Islands: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007), and Passing/Posing: Kehinde Wiley (2004). Mosaka lives and works in New York City.