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[VideoArt and Experimental Film]


Stephanie Dodes (New York)
Maya Erdelyi (New York)
Cliff Evans (Australian)
Yeo Lee Nah (Singapore)
Marta Mabel Pérez (Puerto Rico)
Carlos Ruiz-Valarino (Puerto Rico)
José Soto (Puerto Rico)
Eva Tang (Singapore)
Victric Thng (Singapore)
Guillermo A. Vázquez (Puerto Rico)
Alison Ward (Florida)

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Stephanie Dodes
New York City, 1979

Stephanie Dodes received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. Veiled Shadows, Dodes’ most recent short film was selected and will be screened at Citizen Jane Film Festival and the Mediations Biennial in Poland. Her 3-channel video installation, Everything for Nothing, was selected for a juried exhibition at the University of Reno, Nevada for an international Digital Media Festival: Prospectives.09. This project also screened as part of the Zero Film Festival and inspired an exhibition at Ever Gold Gallery in SF, featuring artists who collaborated on her film. Her drawings have been exhibited at Motusfort Gallery in Tokyo, Japan and at the Heist Gallery in NYC.
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Maya Erdelyi
New York City, 1979

As a child, Maya used to sleep with a pencil under her pillow so she could draw her dreams onto the bedroom walls the next morning. Since then, she has traveled the Arctic to study Ice Sculpture, lived in Parisian squatted bank building making surrealist costumes and performances, traversed India to study religion and textiles, and began animating as a grad student at Harvard. Before that she studied fine art at The Cooper Union and Hunter College in NYC.  Recent projects include directing the music video "New Cannonball Blues" for TV on the Radio, as part of the larger feature film "Nine Types of Light" and co-curating a 22-artist animated exquisite corpse.

Maya has worked on projects with a diverse group of filmmakers/animators and artists including: Michel Gondry, Aaron Rose, TV on the Radio, Isaiah Seret, Janie Geiser, and Jamie Caliri.  Her award-winning animations have been shown at various festivals/venues and museums internationally. Most recently: The London International Animation Festival, The Melbourne International Animation Festival, MoCA LA, The Hammer Museum, The Museum of Arts and Design NYC, The Big Screen Project NYC, The Harvard Film Archives, RedCat, The Prague Quadrennial 2011, Anilogue Film Festival, among others. Maya, a native New Yorker, was born to a Hungarian Psychologist and Colombian Poet.She is currently an MFA candidate in Experimental Animation at CalArts.
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Cliff Evans
Darkwood, NSW, Australia, 1977

Cliff Evans was born in Australia and grew up in East Texas. He graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he was recently visiting faculty in video arts. Currently, Evans resides in Brooklyn, NY.  Exhibited extensively throughout the United States and the world, Evans' work has been shown in such spaces as The New Museum, Chelsea Art Museum, and Location One in New York City; The Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston; the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois; the Haggerty Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California;  Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, Mexico; Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland; and the China International Gallery Exposition, China World Trade Center in Beijing, China. 

Evans' work has appeared and been reviewed in various media and publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, Flashart, Artreview, Rhizome.org, and National Public Radio. Awards and honors include: Artforum's Top 10 Artist Films for 2006 as picked by MOMA curator Barbara London; a traveling scholarship from The Medici Society Limited, London, UK; and a nomination for the Princess Grace Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, New York, NY. Evans has also been an artist-in-residence at Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood, Lenox, MA; Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA; and Location One International Residency Program, New York, NY. Evans has also shot film with the Hungarian filmmaker, Bela Tarr.
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Yeo Lee Nah
Singapore, 1971

Yeo Lee Nah is a performer at heart, whose love for performance found its channel in filmmaking, animation and design. Basically, she just wants to have fun making work that people can relate to.
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Marta Mabel Pérez
Lares, PR, 1968

Photographer, installation artist, museologist and curator. Pérez received the President’s Scholarship from the University of Puerto Rico to study art and architecture at American University in Washington, DC. In 1986 she completed her bachelor’s degree in art at the UPR and received a scholarship from the government of Mexico to pursue a master’s degree at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Mexico City, where she was later awarded the Prize for Academic Excellence. In 2002, she received the award for best installation in contemporary media from the International Art Critics Association, Puerto Rico Chapter. She participated in national exhibitions and international biennials, such as the Festival of Light, the Buenos Aires International Print Biennial, and the Vila Nova Biennial in Portugal. Her recent success with project titled Entre Islas (Between Islands) in the Canary Islands earned her a commission for a photography project from the Monza Department of Culture in Italy.

Her work features in private and institutional collections in Puerto Rico, the United Sates (Rhode Island School of Design Museum), Latin America, and Europe. Both her photographs and her installations reflect a constant exploration of situations affecting Puerto Rican society using a conceptual, contemporary idiom and drawing on collective and personal experiences to blur the boundaries between art and public life.
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Carlos Ruiz-Valarino
San Juan, PR, 1967

Carlos Ruiz-Valarino nació en San Juan, Puerto Rico (1967), donde actualmente reside. Estudió en el Rochester Institute of Technology, en Rochester, New York (MFA, fotografía, 1999).  Trabaja varios medios incluyendo la fotografía y el video.

Su trabajo ha sido reseñado en publicaciones especializadas como Art Nexus, Revista Artes RD y Art and Auction, entre otras. Sus más recientes exposiciones individuales incluyen: Puertorriqueño, ña... (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, 2004-2005) y Visitantes BCN (Galería Raices, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2006); Proyecto Paradiso: la isla interminable (ICP, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2010).

Ha participado en exposiciones colectivas, entre ellas: Encuentros: espacio, tiempo y vida (Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico, 2010); V Bienal Interamericana de Video Arte (Centro Cultural del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. Washington, D.C. E.E.U.U, 2010); The 11th Latin America Film Festival (Latin America Solidary Centre, Bublin, Irlanda, 2010); Relevos y Careos (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, 2010); Video Arte Internacional Buenos Aires. (ThisIsNotAGallery, Argentina, 2009); Muestra Nacional de Arte 09 (Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española la Puntilla, Puerto Rico, 2009); Tendencia (Museo da Arte de Caguas. Caguas, Puerto Rico, 2009); Delegación de Puerto Rico a la X Bienal Internacional de Cuenca: Marxz Rosado Ríos y Carlos Ruiz-Valarino (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, 2009); Xma Bienal Internacional de Cuenca, Ecuador; Geografía Humana. Fotografías y videos del siglo veinte y uno (Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C., 2009); IV Bienal  Interamericana de Videoarte (Museo del Barrio, New York, 2009); IV Bienal Interamericana de Videoarte (Museo de Arte Moderno de Cartagena, Colombia, 2009); IV Bienal Interamericana de Videoarte (Alta Tecnología Andina, Lima Perú, 2009); IV Bienal Interamericana de Videoarte (Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Maryland, 2009); IV Bienal Interamericana de Videoarte (Centro Cultural del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, Washington, D.C., 2008); Dos lugares a la vez: el paisaje en el arte contemporáneo (Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico, 2008); Estigma (Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2008); Restos: Estudio arteológico (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, 2008); The 27th Biennial of Graphic Arts. Stigma (Galería Cankarjevega doma, Ljubljana, Eslovenia, 2007); VAE 10, Festival de Video/ Arte/ Eléctronica (Lima, Perú, 2006); Rewind... Rewind... Video-arte puertorriqueño. Vol. II (ICP, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2006); VideoFormes 2006 (Videotheque Ephemère, Francia, 2006); 7 ma Bienal de Video y Nuevos Medios de Santiago (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile, 2005); 1er Festival de Medios Electrónicos (Centro Cultural Telemar, Río de Janeiro, Brasil, 2005); 1 a Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe (ICP, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2004); ¡Impresiónate! Innovative Prints by Puerto Rican Contemporary Artists (International Print Center, New York, 2004); El papel sin fronteras (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, 2004); Biennale of Electronic Arts 04 (Perth, Australia, 2004); XI Edición de Estampa (Pabellón de Cristal, Madrid, 2003); Libertad y riesgo (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, 2003).

Ha recibido distintas becas y premios. Beca Fondo Institucional para la Investigación de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, Segundo Premio UBS del Primer Certamen de Fotografía Contemporánea en el 2011. Beca del Programa de Subvención Básica para las Artes de la Oficina de Apoyo a las Artes y al Quehacer Cultural (fondos del National Endowment for the Arts). Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña en el 2009, la Beca Lexus para Artistas en 2005; y de la Asociación Internacional de Críticos de Arte, Capítulo de Puerto Rico en 2007 y 2006.
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José Soto
San Sebastián, PR ,1976

He is photographer graduated from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, PR. He is currently studying to get his MFA at the Photography Department.at Parsons The New School for Design, New School University, NYC. Awards and honors include: in 2007, Award for Special Events Photography; XIX Excel Awards, Association of Public Relations Professionals of Puerto Rico. In 2006, Gold Award Fashion / Advertising, Single Image Contest, B&W Photography Magazine. Group Exhibitions: 2011, Pingyao Photo Festival, Pingyao, China; The Culture of Now, Aperture Magazine, New York City, NY; Puerto Rican Photography, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, San Juan, PR; Parsons MFA Photo Open Studio Show, Parsons, New York City, NY; Conveyor Magazine, 25CPW Gallery, New York City, NY; BigBang, Viota Gallery, San Juan, PR. 2010, Arte y Azar, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, PR; Up & Coming, Viota Gallery and Petrus Gallery, San Juan, PR; Oriental Group Exhibition Booth, Circa Puerto Rico International Art Fair, San Juan, PR; Sex Sells, Arte Foundation, San Juan, PR. 2009, Muestra Nacional de Arte, Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, San Juan, PR.; prints 995, Gallery Nine 5, New York City, NY; Small Format, Viota Gallery, San Juan, PR; Diptychs and Polyptychs, Gutiérrez-Bermúdez Collection, San Juan, PR; The New Phase, Viota Gallery, San Juan, PR; 2008 Exhibition of the First Young Art Awards, Oriental Group, San Juan, PR; 2007, Photography Show, Metropolitan University, San Juan, PR. 2002 •  Absolut Art in the Plaza, public art show in Old San Juan, PR.

In his photographic work he explores the Formalism and German Gestalt theories to further understand “what makes beauty.” “ The Formalist believed that form and content where intertwined. That the meaning of the form was contained within itself. German Gestalt Philosophy believed in the “wholeness”, where the complete was more important that the sum of its parts. The work was made for itself. Art for art’s sake or beauty for beauty’s sake. That is my goal.”
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Eva Tang
Singapore, 1971

Born in Singapore, Eva Tang has lived and studied in Hong Kong, London and China. When she was offered a scholarship from the Singapore Film Commission, she resigned from her journalist job for 5 years and went on to study film. She was the first Singapore filmmaker who had her short film selected by Venice Film Festival in 2002.

Eva is a MA directing graduate of the National Film and Television School. Her student film Londres – London won the Governor Award of the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Competition. Japanese critic Inuhiko Yomota commented it is a beautiful film with an important theme bearing the style of Marguerite Duras.

It also won Best Artistic Film in Shanghai, Jury Recommendation at the Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards, and was nominated for Best Short Film at Hawaii and Bangkok International Film Festivals. The National Gallery of Art (USA) also picked it up for screening.

Eva was selected for the 2009 Berlinale Talent Campus and 2010 Taipei Golden Horse Film Academy led by Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
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Victric Thng
Singapore, 1974

Cited as “one of the new wave directors to look out for” by The Straits Times, Victric Thng’s filmmaking career started when he made a 3-minute short film “Locust” (2003). The film won the Renault Samsung Prize in the Busan Asian Short Film Festival, Best Asean Short Film Silver Award at the Malaysian Video Awards and also screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His short film “Locust” remains one of the most highly requested films from festivals until today. He has made 11 other short films including more recently, “The Mole” (2007), which won first prize at the Panasonic-MDA Digital Film Fiesta 2007, and “Twogether” (2007) which screened at the 27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 2009.

In 2009 he executive produced the short film series “Infinity” which premiered at the 22nd Singapore International Film Festival. He has been invited to jury regionally at festivals including in Macau and in Singapore, the 7th Fly By Night Video Challenge 2009.  In 2009, John Badalu in Jakarta curated a retrospective of his works.

“I became a filmmaker by accident. But I guess most beautiful things in life are not planned and happen naturally. I graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a diploma in visual communication. In 2003, I crafted my first short out of spontaneity and boredom. The short got me a lot of attention and that’s when things began to take shape for me. I’m enjoying every bit of what I am doing now, and what is being offered to me. I am currently working on some experimental videos out of pure self-indulgence.”
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Guillermo Alejandro Vázquez Machargo
San Juan, PR, 1982

Guillermo Alejandro early on he developed a passion for cinematography and arts. He moved to Medford, Massachusetts were he obtained a BFA from Tufts University and continued to pursue his MFA in Cinema at San Francisco State University.

The experience, commitment, dedication and vision of this young entrepreneur in the cinematic arts have driven him to travel around the world to continue his education and professional career in the field. He has been presented numerous awards including Best Experimental Short Film at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Film Annual (2004), Official Selection at the Boston Cinema Census (2004), NY Mix Film Festival (2003), San Juan Cinema Fest (2006), Roxbury Film Festival (2005), and the Boston International Latino Film Festival (2005). Furthermore, Guillermo worked for Academy Award nominee director Jacobo Morales and currently teaches scriptwriting, video, and thesis seminar at La Escuela de Artes Plásticas (School of Fine Arts) in San Juan, PR.

On August 2009 Guillermo, along with his wife and partner Eunice Soto-Ralat founded La Sociedad de Cine de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Film Society) with the mission to promote and educate audiences in the art of cinema in Puerto Rico. La Sociedad de Cine de Puerto Rico has been extremely successful; impacting thousands of film lovers in Puerto Rico and the United States. It was premiering films from the best international film festivals such as, Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Berlin, Morelia, Rotterdam, Buenos Aires, Sao Pablo, etc.
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Alison Ward
Gainesville, FL, 1970

Alison Ward Gainesville, FL, 1970. Alison Ward’s practice combines traditional art making with performance projects that reach a diverse range of audiences. Ward's performances, videos and sculptures create a world populated by masked and costumed casts that re-interpret her own image in the form of popular cultural icons. Her characters struggle with each other and the audience through activities that combine violence and overt sexuality with slapstick physical humor. With the help of these characters, she creates scenarios that simultaneously exist in the realms of physical comedy and the unknown.  Exhibitions include the Queens Museum, The Dumbo Arts Center, the Bronx Museum, the CCCB Museum in Spain, RAW Space Gallery in Australia and Castlefield Gallery in England. She has done residencies at Raw Space in Australia, The Artist in the Marketplace Program, and the LMCC studio program, The Waterpod Project in New York City, and LMCC’s Swing Space Program. She has received grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Lewisham Arts Council in London to perform her work.  Alison is currently an artist in residence at Flux Factory in Long Island City, Queens, and also did a project with the Islington Mill in Manchester for the summer.
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