Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas , The Luminary artists in residence

June 29, 2021

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As an expansive platform for art, thought, and action, The Luminary supports exceptional ideas and initiatives through fully funded residencies that provide dedicated time, considered collaborations and a supportive working environment. The program is open to all artists, curators and critics, but uniquely supports the research, development and presentation of work that utilizes innovative forms and unconventional structures such as alternative spaces and economies, publications and writing, archives, collaborations, artist-led projects and experimental institutional practices. Our open calls are oriented around distinct sessions that engage thematic interests being explored elsewhere in the institution through exhibitions, publications, and extensive public programs.

2021 Residents

Abigail Lucien
Abigail Lucien (b. 1992, Dallas, TX) is an interdisciplinary artist raised in Cap-Haitian, Haiti and the northeast coast of Florida. They hold a BFA from Florida State University and an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Their work has exhibited at museums and institutions such as MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York, Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta, GA., Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee, FL, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, as well as High Tide Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, and The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA.
Lucien is currently based in Richmond, VA where they teach as a full-time faculty member in the Sculpture + Extended Media department at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alden Burke

Alden Burke (she/her) is a Chicago-based educator, facilitator, and writer. Currently, she is thinking about modes of introduction, radicalizing HR practices, and free-writing in five-minute paragraphs. Generally, her work centers around supporting collaborative making, process-based work, care in administrative practices, creative sustainability, and the question “What are we going to learn from one another?”

Alden is the Co-Founder of Annas, the Program Manager at Design for America, and a Lead Organizer for the Chicago Arts Census.

Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas

Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas are artists, curators, writers, and teachers based in Portland, Oregon. Their practice questions aesthetics and economics in culture and has taken many forms. Bergman and Salinas have shown work internationally at institutions such as the 4th Athens Biennale; 1st Bergen Assembly Triennial; 2007 Turku Biennial; 1st Struer Tracks Sound Art Biennial; Steirischer Herbst 2013, Graz; Fundaç ao de Serralves, Porto; Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; ICC Tokyo; IASPIS, Stockholm; Berlin Film Festival in Berlin; Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow; Edinburgh Film Festival and Dundee Contemporary Art in Scotland; MOCA Novi Sad; Taipei Fine Art Museum; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Centre George Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris; IMO and Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen; Henie Onstad Art Center, Kunstnernes Hus and 0047 in Oslo, MUDAM Luxembourg; Ruler and HIAP in Helsinki; The Luminary, St Louis, and the Ski Club, Milwaukee among many others.

Anaïs Duplan

Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). He has taught poetry at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, and St. Joseph’s College. His video works have been exhibited by Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Mathew Gallery, NeueHouse, the Paseo Project, and will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in L.A in 2021. As an independent curator, he has facilitated curatorial projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. In 2016, he founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. He works as Program Manager at Recess.

Andrea Yarbrough

Andrea is a steward of in ℅: Black women (in care of Black women), a creative placekeeping initiative nurturing sites of care through a blend of urban agriculture, civic engagement, and art praxis. Her community-centered visual arts production works to reshape land-use policy by activating vacant space as sites that heal individuals and regenerate collective imaginations. Her process transforms quotidian materials, slated for waste streams, into designed and utilitarian objects that serve as community resources, and incorporates the impact of solidarity and circular economies at the material, individual, and communal scales. She is most interested in how we move from theory into practice as we imagine a harm free society where those most impacted by state sanctioned violence can thrive.

Emily Gastineau

Emily Gastineau is a choreographer, performer, writer, and arts administrator based in Minneapolis and working internationally. Her work has been presented at Frascati (Amsterdam), On the Boards (Seattle), Garage29 (Brussels), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and Red Eye Theater (Minneapolis), among others. She collaborates with Billy Mullaney (US/NL) under the name Fire Drill, and their work has been shown in Amsterdam, Minneapolis, St. Paul, New York, San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Chicago. Her collaboration with Vilma Pitrinaite (LT/BE) has been supported by Les Brigittines (Brussels), workspacebrussels, SE.S.TA (Prague), and the Lithuanian Council for Culture. Emily co-founded the performance writing platform Criticism Exchange, curates performances at Fresh Oysters Performance Research and elsewhere, and co-produced RELAY RELAY, an interview marathon and publication on contemporary performance. Emily is one of seven artistic directors of Red Eye Theater. As Program Manager of Mn Artists, she works with local artists to produce programs and publications at the Walker Art Center. From 2017-2019, she was based between Minneapolis and Amsterdam while completing a master's at DAS Choreography, Amsterdam University of the Arts.

Related Tactics - Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, Nathan Watson

Related Tactics is a collective of artists and cultural workers producing creative projects, opportunities, and interventions at the intersection of race and culture. Our projects explore the connections between art, broader social issues, and the public through trans-disciplinary exchanges, making, and dialog. Related Tactics is a conceptual space and platform where we confront systemic and institutional racism or inequities that influence our immediate socio-cultural lived experience that benefit from collective support and sharing knowledge or resources. We do this through collaboration and critical thought strategically implemented amongst and for communities of color and the diaspora.

Related Tactics is a collaboration between Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, and Nathan Watson though there are many community members that make our work possible. We work between the San Francisco and Washington DC areas. Our projects have been exhibited and supported by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Center, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery at Parsons School of Design (New York), Southern Exposure Gallery and Alternative Exposure Grants (San Francisco), Chinese Cultural Center (San Francisco).