SHEIDA SOLEIMANI - Multimedia Artist & Photographer
Sheida Soleimani is an Iranian-American artist. Soleimani makes work that melds sculpture, collage, and photography and highlights her own critical perspective on historical and contemporary socio-political occurrences in Iran. She focuses on media trends and the dissemination of societal occurrences in the news, adapting images from popular press and social media leaks to exist within alternate scenarios. Her work has been recognized internationally in both exhibitions and publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Interview, and VICE Magazine.
TIJANA PETROVIĆ - Filmmaker & Cinematographer
Tijana Petrović, born and raised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia) has screened her films at festivals and screening venues internationally including True/False, Ann Arbor, Anthology Film Archives and Dok Leipzig among others. Her work has received support from various institutions including The Enersen Foundation, University Film and Video Association, RI Council for the Humanities among others. She studied documentary film at The New School in NY and holds an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. She is a lecturer at San Francisco State University and Stanford University. She is a Resident at the SFFILM FilmHouse for 2019.
TIMOTHY STANLEY Sculptor & Writer
Timothy Stanley is an artist and writer from New York, NY. The primary focus of Stanley's artistic practice is the long-term sculpture project Ursula. He is also currently at work on his second novel, Maiastra: A History of Romanian Sculpture in Twenty-Four Parts by Igor Gyalakuthy, the first volume of which will be published by Pacific in Spring 2019. He lives and works in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
TONY ORRICO - Performer & Visual Artist
Tony Orrico (b. 1979, Hinsdale, Illinois) is a visual artist, performer and choreographer whose work merges the act of drawing with choreographic gesture and bio-geometrics. His works stem from the examination and exploration of his ability to transform his physical and mental endurance into visual compositions. Orrico's work has been presented and exhibited throughout the U.S., France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain. He was featured at "PopTech 2011: The World Rebalancing," as well as at the New Museum, New York, and the Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
WOMEN OF RESISTENCE
LAURA GUTIERREZ, BETTI ROLLO, & ERIKA SCHIPA
Dance & Performance
Laura Gutierrez is a performing artist and choreographer based between Houston and New York City. Gutierrez repertoire includes a series of solo works and concert dance works as well as choreographic projects that challenge audiences theater experiences in non traditional performance venues, such as but not limited to museums and galleries. Betti Rollo is a dancer, performer and choreographer from Italy. She has performed in prestigious national and international theaters / festivals such as Spoleto Festival (ITA), Next Wave Festival - BAM (USA), Guggenheim Museum (USA), Piccolo Studio Melato Theater (ITA), Brisbane Festival - PowerHouse Theater (AUS) and many others. Erika Schipa is a dancer, performer and an independent choreographer. Since 2014 she has been working on the concept of SPACE IN, a research/performance based on the interaction between the body and the space/architecture.