Category: Artist-in-Residence

Thanushka Yakupitiyage / Ushka (2018-19)

Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist, cultural producer, activist, and DJ who performs under the name Ushka. Her professional, political, and artistic interests focus on (im)migration. She uses writing, video, music, and audio to explore the everyday lives of brown and black communities from the Global South to the West. …

Zarina (2017-18)

Zarina was born in Aligarh, India in 1937 and currently lives and works in New York. Her work is defined by her adherence to the personal and the essential. While it tends towards minimalism, its starkness is tempered by both texture and materiality. Her art poignantly chronicles her life, and recurring themes include home, displacement, …

Beatrice Glow (2016-17)

Beatrice Glow is an interdisciplinary artist whose work uncovers invisible, suppressed stories that lie in the geopolitical shadows of colonialism and migration. Her practice comprises of sculptural installations, trilingual publishing, participatory performances and lectures, and experiential technologies. Glow is the recipient of the 2015 Van Lier Visual Art Fellowship at Wave Hill and was named …

Jack Gray (2016)

NGATI POROU, NGAPUHI, TE RARAWA, NGATI KAHUNGUNU Jack Gray (Ngati Porou, Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngati Kahungunu) is an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and scholar. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Gray first connected to his cultural roots through traditional Māori dance, Kapa Haka, and later discovered contemporary dance. In 2000, he founded the Atamira Dance Company, an …

Hari Kondabolu (2014-15)

“Hari Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender.” NPR “A young man reaching for the hand-scalding torch of confrontational comics like Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor.” SEATTLE TIMES “Hari Kondabolu is intelligent, insightful and hilarious—a true comic genius.” MARGARET CHO “The comedy equivalent of a punk rock …

Chitra Ganesh and Mariam Ghani (2013-14)

Chitra Ganesh was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where she currently lives and works. Her drawing, installation, text-based work, and collaborations seek to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art. Ganesh’s work has been exhibited widely at venues including the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of …

Roger Shimomura (2012-13)

Roger Shimomura’s paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of ethnicity. He was born in Seattle, Washington and spent two years of his early childhood in Minidoka (Idaho), one of ten concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. Shimomura received a B.A. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an M.F.A. …

Larry Hama (2011-12)

Larry Hama is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, actor, and musician who has worked in the fields of entertainment and publishing since the 1960s. He is a third generation Japanese American (sansei) who was born in New York City and graduated from the High School of Art & Design in midtown Manhattan. He served in the …

Suheir Hammad (2010-11)

Suheir Hammad is a Palestinian-American poet, author and political activist who was born on October 1973 in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian refugee parents and immigrated with her family to Brooklyn, New York City when she was five years old. She is the author of breaking poems, recipient of a 2009 American Book Award, and the Arab …

Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis (2009-10)

“Aaron and I started working in earnest on Stuck Elevator in 2007, when we had our first workshop presentation with one singer and one percussionist in Seattle…. This crucial residency provided access to resources such as interviews with immigration lawyers, Fujianese restaurant workers, and Asian American scholars. Through the A/P/A Institute, we were able to …