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MTV’s Art Breaks, curated by MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, is a video series featuring ascendant visual artists. The program updates MTV’s legacy of working with vanguard visionaries like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Doug Aitken. The first five videos in the new series come from Mickalene Thomas, Rashaad Newsome, Tala Madani, Mads Lynnerup and Jani Ruscica. Our most recent artists include Guido van der Werve, Andrew Kuo, Cody Critcheloe, Divya Mehra and Sema Bekirovic.
Semâ Bekirovic (b. 1977, Amsterdam, NL)
Semâ Bekirovic uses photographs, videos, and installations to explore the tension between control and chance, often letting go of the ultimate end result of the situations presented in her work. In her video for Art Breaks, Bekirovic presents the image of a knife, seemly skydiving as it falls at a rapid pace from the sky. The image of the beautiful surrounding landscape is contrasted with the alarming idea of what might occur should the object hit the ground. Bekirovic’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the Netherlands, and the Hayward Gallery Project space in London featured her solo exhibition Matters in Space as part of the See Further Festival of Science and Arts in 2010. Recent group exhibitions include venues 21 Rozendaal in Netherlands and Flachlandfest in Berlin in 2010. Upcoming projects include a group exhibition at FOAM in Amsterdam, and a group show at the Jan Cunen Museum in Oss, Netherlands in May 2013.
Semâ Bekirovic lives and works in Amsterdam, NL.
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Screen Test (for a living sculpture), 2012
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Living sculpture (hands): Miia Pelkki
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Artist Bio: Rashaad Newsome (b. 1979, New Orleans, LA)
Rashaad Newsome works in performance, photography, collage, video, sculpture and sound, developing mixed-media works that examine the intersection of pop and subculture forms. For Art Breaks, Newsome presents a new work in his ongoing SWAG the Mix Tape project, inspired by his interest in the language of Heraldry and the history of the mix tape from the early days of hip hop. Newsome received a B.A. in Art History at Tulane University before studying Film at Film Video Arts NYC as well as music production and programming at Harvestworks NYC. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at such institutions and Galleries as The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; MoMA PS1, New York, NY; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, New York, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; The Kitchen, New York; and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia. Upcoming projects include: FIVE 2012 (Hong Kong), Hong Kong International Art Fair, 5.18.12; SWAG THE MIX TAPE Vol. 2, 7.4.2012; Shade Compositions (SFMOMA), SFMOMA, 11.4.2012 and FIVE 2012 (The Drawing Center), The Drawing Center NY.
Rashaad Newsome lives and works in New York, NY.
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New York Times: Rashaad Newsome Blending Hip Hop And Heraldry
The Creators Project: Rashaad Newsome
ArtnetTV: Rashaad Newsome
Arcade44: Five // Rashaad Newsome
AMMO Mag: Artist Profile
TMagazine: The Nifty 50
Performance Festival Diary
Artist Bio: Tala Madani (b. 1981, Tehran, Iran)
Tala Madani is a painter who uses stop-motion animation to present surreal situations, constructing bizarre and often humorous narratives. Her work highlights scenarios of cultural and gender difference and the connections between power, law, and language. For her piece for Art Breaks, titled Under Man, the artist presents viewers with a vulnerable figure who is aggressively pelted by objects until he ultimately decides to bury himself. Madani received her MFA from Yale University School of Art. She has had recent solo exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, and Pilar Corrias, London, and has been included in group shows in Europe and the United States including Speech Matters for the Danish Pavillion, Venice Biennale; Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York; and Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York.
Tala Madani lives and works in Los Angeles.