Titanic by Claudia Bitran at her Smack Mellon Studio

Titanic by Claudia Bitran at her Smack Mellon Studio

Claudia Bitran is a multimedia artist who emulates, remakes and rewrites the hyperbolic world of pop production in a Do It Yourself manner. In her practice, she assumes multiple roles (painter, director, producer, performer, editor). Thinking, examining and even questioning mass consumption, the power of entertainment and the manipulation that exists behind it all*. We visited her studio at the Smack Mellon Residency to learn all about her practice and her experience at the residency.

*(txt based on Bitran’s official website)

Interview with Xavier Acarín, Curator in Residence at the Abrons Arts Center

Interview with Xavier Acarín, Curator in Residence at the Abrons Arts Center

Xavier Acarín is a curator from Barcelona based in New York. He has worked in different art organizations in Spain and in the U.S. and currently is the 2016-17 Curator in Residence at the Abrons Arts Center. We were lucky to see two very interesting shows curated by him as part of the program and were eager to learn more about his story and his practice.

 

 

Shifter, A Topical Publication- Interview with Sreshta Rit Premnath

Shifter, A Topical Publication- Interview with Sreshta Rit Premnath

Shifter is a multifaceted project that aims to serve as a meeting point for the various discourses of contemporary art, politics and philosophy. Originally conceived as an online magazine, Shifter now performs in a variety of ways including print publications, public dialogues and exhibitions. NY Art Maps interviewed Sreshta Rit Premnath, the founding editor of this project. READ MORE about Shifter and their future plans!

We’re Hir We’re Queer (WHWQ)

We’re Hir We’re Queer (WHWQ)

We're Hir We're Queer is a collective- run pamphlet and zine distributor based in Brooklyn and Rio de Janeiro that challenges the conventional format of academic text distribution by promoting and publishing texts whose contents reflect on non-white, non heterosexual political theory, written by and for this community as an attempt to decentralize knowledge from academic institutions. One of their members shares a little bit of what they do for NY ArtMaps !  

unbag: Interview with Aaron Cooper

unbag: Interview with Aaron Cooper

unbag is an artist and curatorial collective based in Brooklyn. It promotes dialogue at the intersection of art and politics. Since forming in the Fall of 2015, unbag has curated exhibitions, coordinated critique groups, and led seminars with artists including Sofia Quirno, Daniel Cerrejon, Mylo Mendez, Margarita Sánchez Urdaneta, Luka Rayski, Jeremy Olson, and more. unbag is currently publishing a magazine, due for release in May, 2017.

We interviewed Aaron Cooper one of the members of this exiting project to tell you more about their amazing doings and ideas.

The Chimney- Interview with Clara Darrason & Jennifer Houdrouge by Carla Lucini

The Chimney- Interview with Clara Darrason & Jennifer Houdrouge by Carla Lucini

The Chimney is a hype and unconventional exhibition and performance space in Bushwick, founded by two unstoppable French ladies who decided to hit the Brooklyn art scene with a challenging new proposal. Clara from Paris and Jennifer from Monaco, they arrived to the U.S. in 2014 hoping New York would help them jump-start their careers.

Read about the exciting story behind The Chimney and the backstage of this amazing art entrepreneurs in an interview with Carla Lucini, a young curator from Argentina!

Interview with curator Marion Guiraud

Interview with curator Marion Guiraud

We interviewed Marion Guiraud, a young curator working and living in NYC, to learn about the projects she has undertaken and her opinions about the NY art scene. A bonus was to learn that Marion has been also doing a research project in Latin America! We got the chance to ask her about her experiences in our beloved south and the differences she found between curatorial and artistic approaches in both regions!

The Hollows - Interview with Piril Gündüz by Luciana Pinchiero

The Hollows - Interview with Piril Gündüz by Luciana Pinchiero

We visited Piril Gündüz at The Hollows, an art space she founded in Bushwick in October 2014 that recently moved to a townhouse in the heart of Williamsburg. The Hollows Art Space is the home and workspace of over a dozen artists at a time. The public programming The Hollows offers is endless and has something for all tastes. Here is a bit of the back-story and future plans of this unique project, told by Piril herself!