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2023 Vagner Mendonça-Whitehead Microgrant grantee: Asma Kazmi

Asma Kazmi’s large scale installations blend physical and virtual spaces. Her sculptures, connoting materiality, cultural lineage, and craft are juxtaposed with virtual and augmented reality models of art historical objects and particular geographies. Taking an expansive approach to installation art, she researches and reassesses the intertwining histories of Western colonialism and her diasporic Muslim culture. Using transgressive curatorial tactics, she combines visual and textual detritus from historical manuscripts, photographs, archival material, fragments of locations, and mixes them with her own “critical fabulation.” Drawing on her own history as a third generation émigré, migrating across continents, Kazmi’s installations are experimental museums that make use of Islamic display devices and strategies to address colonial and indigenous technologies and knowledge systems, global flows of people and commodities, and interspecies entanglements.

Judson-Morrissey 2023 Fellow: Yan Shao

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Yan Shao is a terrestrial artist and creative technologist based in New York. Yan received a MPS from Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2023. Yan’s imaginative new media works explore the uncharted territories of perception, mediating the complex interrelations between humans and the environment. Yan's artistic language draws inspiration from geopolitics, the transitory essence of nature, and the human responsibility towards ecology, resulting in a unique and evocative visual narrative. Through her  photography, video and interactive installation, Yan invites viewers on a journey of discovery and reflection, exploring the depth of our connection with the earth. Yan’s work has been exhibited in several Bay Area galleries, and she has been recognized with a fellowship from the Tisch Initiative of Creative Research. She has also been featured in the recent 28th ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art).