SPACE launched the Artist-in-Residence Program in 2015, the first program of its kind in Portland, ME. The program provides a unique working environment for emerging and mid-career visual artists, filmmakers, writers, collaborative groups and curators seeking support for their practice. The residency is committed to highlighting the contributions of queer artists and artists of color and is dedicated to those artists seeking uninterrupted time and space to devote to their practice.
KEIJAUN THOMAS: July 9 - 22, 2017
Keijaun Thomas creates live performance and multimedia installations that oscillate between movement and materials that function as tools, objects and structures, as well as a visual language that can be read, observed, and repeated within spatial, temporal, and sensorial environments. Her work investigates the histories, symbols, and images that construct notions of Black identity within black personhood. Thomas examines, deconstructs, and reconstructs notions of visibility, hyper-visibility, passing, trespassing, eroticized, and marginalized representations of the black body in relation to disposable labor, domestic service, and notions of thingness amongst materials addressing blackness outside of a codependent, binary structure of existence. Thomas earned her Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Thomas has shown work nationally in Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Miami, FL; and internationally Taipei, Taiwan; Paris, France; Mexico City, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; Istanbul, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Saskatchewan and Vancouver, Canada; and the United Kingdom.
ZAKKIYYAH NAJEEBAH: July 23 - August 2, 2017
Zakkiyyah Najeebah (b. 1991) is a Chicago-based photographic artist, educator, and documentarian. She studied Art History and Black Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which heavily informs her multidisciplinary practice. The aesthetic components and intersectional cultural advancements that are entirely unique to the black experience is a primary concern of hers.
Zakkiyyah employs photography to address the politics and aesthetic values of representation, inclusivity, black womanhood, family histories, and collective narratives. Her work takes place in the realm of portraiture, documentation, image-making, video, and educating. She is currently building a catalog that articulates contemporary and past social concerns regarding black narratives and explores new methods of visual presentation. Zakkiyyah’s work in progress is both a witness and archive of black visual epistemologies.
Follow Zakkiyyah on Instagram: @Zakkiyyah.Najeebah
SURABHI GHOSH: August 11 - 25, 2017
Surabhi Ghosh is an artist and educator based in Montreal, Quebec. Her current work investigates the transmission of culture to diasporic people, specifically South Asian immigrants and their descendants in North America. She uses textiles, patterns, and site-responsive installations to materialize contradictory narratives which begin and end in her own experiences. She used her residency at SPACE to further develop the relationship between her ongoing research on garlanding, populist movements, and on her studio practice.
CHANI BOCKWINKEL: September 26 - October 11, 2017
Chani Bockwinkel is a performer and filmmaker. She makes interdisciplinary-collaborative-feminist imagery for the stage, gallery, and internet. Her work has been shown in San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Philadelphia. She is a founding member of SALTA dance collective.
During her residency at SPACE, she worked on a queer film called Those Who Wait that depicts a religious doomsday movement that began in Portland, Maine in the mid-19th century. The film was co-directed by Chani Bockwinkel and Tyler Burdenski and worked collaboratively with communities throughout Maine.
Follow Chani on Instagram: @chanibocks
JEREMY OKAI DAVIS: October 30 - November 13, 2017
Jeremy Okai Davis's use of color and fidelity to his subjects make his paintings feel alive. At first glance, the work feels light, but closer examination of text and posture shows work that is full of conflict, an exploration of the contrast between the shiny, smiling exterior that is frequently presented on the surface and the inner, self-conscious, status obsessed mind state that so many of us endure beneath it all.
"My recent work focuses primarily on me as an African-American artist, son, brother and friend. Thematically these paintings touch on my personal history as it relates to popular culture, from art, sports to literature. They also attempt to address the current climate in the United States for African-Americans and people of color."
Follow Jeremy on Instagram: @jeremyokaiart
JOHN COTTER: November 28 - December 19, 2017
John Cotter is the author of the novel Under the Small Lights. A deaf writer, John's current project concerns the dynamics of sound and what the world resembles when sound disappears (excerpts in Catapult, Electric Literature, and Open Letters Monthly). In 2016 John was an inaugural fellow at the Lighthouse Writers Fort Lyon residency where he spent a month living and working with recovering addicts at a homeless shelter on the high plains of Colorado. His short fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol, his poetry in Volt, his comics in Westworld, his art writing in Sculpture, and his literary criticism in Bookforum. He lives in Denver.
Follow John on Twitter: @smalllights