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Samina Islam

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Samina Islam

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Samina Islam is a multidisciplinary artist working with mixed medium containing needlework. Her recent works have focused on identity of self and abstraction of nature. She lives and works in Karachi, where she received a Fine Art diploma. She has participated in several artist residencies where she has worked on projects inspired by the surroundings and culture of the country.

She has exhibited in Pakistan and internationally. She also took part in the first Art Biennale held in Karachi in 2017. Her work has been used as cover art by “Audien” an American DJ, record producer and musician nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015. Her work has been featured in Numinous magazine and Take on Art magazine (India).


During her residency at the VAR program, Samina Islam will be creating a body of work inspired by the nature in her surroundings. She will be exploring her ideas through photography, short videos, small mixed media pieces and textile sculptures which can be part of a land installation.

http://www.saminaislam.com

https://www.instagram.com/samina.islam_/


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Mildred Barya Returning Artist

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Mildred Barya Returning Artist

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Mildred K Barya is a writer from Uganda currently teaching creative writing and literature at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. Her publications include three poetry collections: Give Me Room to Move My Feet, 2009, The Price of Memory after the Tsunami, 2006, and Men Love Chocolates But They Don't Say, 2002. She has also published poems in journals and anthologies such as Prairie Schooner, Poetry Quarterly and Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Vol 14, 2014. Besides poetry, her short stories include: Bless the Broken Path in Northeast Review, 2014, Black Stone in Per Contra, USA, 2012, Scars of Earth in “The African Love Stories” Anthology, by Ayebia Clarke, UK, 2006, Effigy Child by Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) UK, 2004, republished in “Gifts of Harvest” FEMRITE, 2006, Land of my Bones published in “Dreams, Miracles & Jazz” anthology, Picador, Africa, 2008 and Raindrops published in “Words From A Granary” FEMRITE anthology, 2001.


Mildred has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver - Colorado, MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University - New York and B.A in Literature from Makerere University, Uganda. She blogs at: http://mildredbarya.com/ and is an active board member of African Writers Trust (AWT).

During her residency, Mildred will work on a hybrid project that combines poetry, nonfiction and travel narratives to explore the connections between leaving and living, migratory/diasporic themes such as alienation, estrangement, dislocation, loss, absence, nostalgia, while meditating on what it means to be at home in space and time, language, culture and the world at large.



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Tavi Gevinson

Tavi Gevinson

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Tavi Gevinson is a writer and actor. She founded the online magazine Rookie in 2011, and edited the site for seven years, along with their five print anthologies. Gevinson has acted in plays on and off-Broadway, in the films Enough Said and Person to Person, and on TV shows like Scream Queens and The Simpsons. She's written for publications like The BelieverELLE, and Poetry

She is now working on a book about the internet and theater.

Fabiana Burr

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Fabiana Burr

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Fabiana Burr is a video and sound artist, with a focus on mystical perceptions and improvisational performances.

Composing real-time art with the use of ceremonial drums and ancestral voice cultivation techniques.

She currently works on experimental raw collages from her travels, to navigate into the poetics of the human mind, body and spirit. Mapping intimate and fragmented memories into lucid soundscapes.

Fabiana is the author of Silent Dust, a contemplative-ritualistic dance performed during Burning Man 2017. The piece reflects on the deepest aspects of the human experience.

Her short film Lost in the Dust, has been presented at the Mexico Fashion Film Festival as part of the official selection.
During the Varda residency, Fabiana will focus on designing spatial sound and light installations to compose real-time performances of generative music. Inviting the participants to become the artist, while being surrounded by Cymatic patterns of water-light reflections. At the same time, she plans to adapt selected poems into sound and movement meditative rituals.

https://www.alagua.mx/art/






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Ako Castuera

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Ako Castuera

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Ako Castuera’s sculptures combine seemingly disparate elements into interwoven, hybrid forms that call into question the hierarchies around which human life is ordered. The shapes and surfaces in her work recall animals, natural phenomena and the broad miscellany of human life, while deeply familiar, their arrangement subverts the framework in which their familiarity was established. This work offers views into a world of fluid borders in which intangible connections between living/dead, animate/inanimate, place, self and other are expressed in the material language of clay, fiber, and mixed media.

Ako Castuera is a Southern California native also known for her work as a storyboard artist and writer on animated television shows such as ‘Adventure Time’, for which she received a Peabody Award in 2015 as a member of the story team. She has sustained a concurrent independent art practice, exhibiting in galleries in the U.S. as well as the Oakland Art Museum, the Japanese American Museum, the Honolulu Museum, the Smithsonian Asian Latino Pop-up Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

During her stay at VAR, Ako will pursue a thematic continuation of her recent body of work, “Temple of the Worms” an offering of thanks to the soil from which clay, her primary material, is drawn.  Ceramic fragments made over the course of the last 5 years will be reimagined as seeds to be planted in other mediums, such as drawings and textile projects. The proximity to Angel island, where two of Ako’s great-grandparents were processed and detained as immigrants from Okinawa will inform the idea of planting seeds in overlapping cultural, geographical, and biological ground.

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Maria Torres Subira Returning Artist

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Maria Torres Subira Returning Artist

María Torres is a visual artist living between Berlin and Almería. She studied painting at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee and is currently settling down in an intentional community in the south of Spain.   

Her latest works in drawing, painting and video explore the notion of harmony in connecting contemporary art form with ancient tradition. Through use of surreal imaginary her work captures attention and triggers contemplation and exploration. Spirituality, nature and the feminine are at the center of her work.

During her residency time at the VAR program, María Torres will develop a series of images inspired by the time spent with the nomadic cultures of Mongolia, where their spiritual beliefs and down to earth forms of art had a big impact on her view of art making and crafts, placing creativity as a source for ritual


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Caroline R. Kaufman

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Caroline R. Kaufman

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Caroline Kaufman’s work investigates craft as it relates to human relationships. A visceral process-based practice with fiber explores the interaction between color, texture, and pattern. This process considers the unconscious ways we create as children, investigating how these childlike unadulterated ideas develop through community and aesthetic influence.

Through her art, Caroline examines nostalgia, childhood methods of creating, and the way in which memory shape shifts over time. Caroline taps into her synesthesia as well as an instinctual relationship with color to translate daydreams into abstract color patterns. Each piece is composed by painting with fiber — weaving and knitting layers of yarn through fabric — allowing the material and color process to dictate the design.

Recently, this practice has expanded by experimenting with a new piece of equipment: an antique tufting gun. At Varda, Caroline will use this tool to knot fiber through a monks cloth backing on a large frame loom, taking her love of ‘painting with yarn’ to a new level. The tufting process uses a large amount of material. In an effort to minimize waste, most of the materials used come from the dead-stock of several local factories.

@crosekauf


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