Zalika Azim is a conceptual artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Extending from photography, her practice explores personal and collective narratives to investigate the ways in which memory, migration, movement, and the body are negotiated across and throughout the African diaspora. Azim’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, at venues including The Dean Collection, The International Center of Photography, Dorsky Gallery, 8th Floor Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, the Instituto Superior de Arte and The African American Museum in Philadelphia. She has completed solo projects with The Baxter Street Camera Club of New York and SOHO20. Azim holds a BFA in Photography and Imaging from the Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Social and Cultural Analysis focused in Africana, Gender, and Sexuality studies from New York University. She has served as a teaching artist for Aperture Foundation, the Tisch School of the Art, and The Center for Court Innovation at Gavin Brown Gallery in Harlem. Zalika has assisted curatorial projects and research with The Walther Collection, the Photography Department at MoMA, and has previously served as The Studio Museum in Harlem's Imaging and Permanent Collections Associate. She is currently a curatorial fellow at NXTHVN in New Haven, CT, and will co-curate their inaugural exhibition during the winter of 2020.
Jonathan González is a NY-based artist working at the intersections of multidisciplinary and collaborative practices for performance, text, sculpture, and film. Their work refers to the afterlives of slavery through eccentric juxtapositions, abstraction, and climate/planetary considerations. Works include: Working on Water in collaboration with Mario Gooden (Columbia School of Architecture, 2019), h/S: Jonathan González in collaboration with SB Fuller (CICCIO Gallery, 2019), Maroonage: Elaborations on the Stage and Staying Alive (Contact Quarterly), and Lucifer Landing I & II (MoMA PS1 x Abrons Arts Center, 2019). Curations include Sunday Service @ Knockdown Center and Movement Research Fall Festival: invisible material. An LMCC Workspace Resident (2018-19), NARS Foundation AIR (2018), Jerome Foundation Fellow (2019), Mertz Gilmore Grantee (2019), Diebold Awardee for Distinction in Choreography and Performance (2017), Soul Fire Farm BIPOC Fire (2019), and Bessie-nominee for Outstanding Production (ZERO, Danspace Project, 2018), and Breakout Choreographer (2019).
Future Host (Tingying Ma and Kang Kang, in residence with Heidi Laus) is an artist duo searching for alternative forms of subsistence and resistance. They consider the world as emotive and sentient that can only be processed through epistemic inquiries. Espousing the perspective of post-socialist realist emotional mismanagement, they write and make performances with readiness and ecstasy.
Heidi Lau (in residence with Future Host) grew up in Macau, and currently lives and works in New York. Lau’s highly textured and expressive ceramic work is modeled after tokens of remembrance—ritual objects, funerary monuments, and fossilized creatures—which are infested, deconstructed, and rebuilt by hand. Reconfiguring fragmented personal and collective memories, she makes collections of symbolic artifacts and zoomorphic ruins as materialization of the archaic and the invisible, taking inspiration from colonial architecture and tenement houses in Macau that have been demolished or gentrified beyond recognition. Her work has been exhibited in local and international institutions including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Bronx Museum of the Art, New York; the Museum of Chinese in America, New York; and the Macau Museum of Art. Her practice has been supported by numerous residencies and awards, including the Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space, the Martin Wong Foundation Scholarship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptor Grant and the BRIC Colene Brown Art Prize. She currently represents Macau at the 58th Venice Biennale.
Jeremy Sorese (b. 1988, Berlin) is a queer cartoonist and painter based out of Brooklyn, NYC. After graduating with a BFA in Sequential Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010, he was accepted to the La Maison des Auteurs, a comics specific residency program in Angoulême, France, where he lived and worked from 2012 through 2013. His first book, Curveball, published with Nobrow in the fall of 2015, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. He is currently finishing a sequel titled For The Short While to be published with Archaia in 2020. He’s been teaching for the past nine years; from Elementary School children in Chicago, to the Maryland Institute College of Art, and most recently with Middle Schoolers as part of the after school arts program LeAp at M.S.51 in Park Slope. He’ll be teaching at Parsons School of Design this spring.
Coco Young (b. 1989) is an artist who lives and works in New York. She was born in NYC and raised in Marseille, France. In 2019 she graduated with an MFA from Columbia University and holds a BA in Art History from the same institution. She works primarily in sculpture, installation, and video. Her recent work questions the validity of established linear notions of time and history through a feminist lens. She has had solo presentations at Interstate Projects (Brooklyn) and Princess (New York), and has exhibited at Downs & Ross (New York), Times Square Space (New York), the Wallach Art Gallery at the Lenfest Center for the Arts (NY), De School (Amsterdam), and at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)