Introducing: Aida Šehović

Residency dates: April 8-14, 2013

Aida Šehović (, born in 1977 and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, lived in Turkey and Germany before immigrating to the United States in 1997. Šehović received her M.F.A. from Hunter College in 2010, and is currently based in New York.

Initiated in 2004, her “Što Te Nema?” project is an annual, nomadic public monument that has come to life in city plazas and squares all over the world, including Sarajevo, Stockholm, New York and Istanbul among others.

Šehović frequently collaborates with the public, allowing for the personal to intertwine with the public rereading and reconstruction of memory. Her work relies on a process of continuous, repetitive and shared acts of remembrance. These acts attempt to reconcile the histories of violence, trauma, and loss that peoples and nations have suffered and perpetrated on each other.

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Introducing: Orit Ben Shitrit

Residency dates: October 7-13, 2013

Orit ben Shitrit ( a Moroccan-Israeli interdisciplinary artist educated in New York and showing internationally. Orit works in photography, video and choreography. She has been utilizing movement and bodies to address issues of domination and the potential for violence. These issues developed through three main topical themes: cycles of violence in the Middle East, invisible mechanisms of political, religious and economic control; and conflicted beings trapped in bodies. The works span a spectrum of historical references, combined with ideas that relate to co-dependency, inner demons and behavioral disorders in texture-rich imagery.

Orit has recently shown at the Haifa Museum of Art; the Royal College of Art, London; Videobrasil in São Paulo; La Nau Universitat de Valencia in Spain; as well as in: Germany, Russia, Slovenia and the US. Recent commissions include HALF TAMED BEAST by Artis at Zoom contemporary art from the Middle-East in 2010, and a performance commission by ISCP in 2012. Ben-Shitrit is a recent LMCC Swing Space resident, and a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Film/Video. She is based in Brooklyn.

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Introducing: Cynthia Roberts

Residency dates: June 3-9, 2013

Cynthia Roberts [] is a visual artist based in New York and Boston. Her practice is rooted in painting and drawing; in recent years it has included Live Paint performances and collaborations with musicians and choreographers. Roberts was awarded the Le Havre/New York: Regards//Croisés residency and grant by the French Institute, and is currently an artist in residence in the city of Le Havre, France from October – December 2012. Roberts will perform “Le Plongeur” and exhibit paintings at an evening event at the Museé André Malraux in December 2012. A two-person exhibition at Triangle Arts in New York is scheduled for Spring 2013. Roberts is currently an associate professor of studio art at Endicott College. Of note, she is often surrounded by approximately 147 pounds of canine and 41 pounds of feline, has run one marathon, and holds the most dangerous belt on deck in karate: the white belt.
Current choreographic collaborations include a work entitled “Back Going/No Going Back” based on palindromic concepts by Barry Duncan, created and choreographed by Karen Krolak. This piece will include text projections and animations, and will premiere in the spring of 2013.

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