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EDUCATION

MA, Research Architecture, 2019 | Center for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK | Awarded with Distinction

BA, Anthropology & Visual Arts, 2010 | Columbia University, New York, NY, US | Dean’s List

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES, FELLOWSHIPS

Economic Inequality Fellow, Open Society Foundations, 2019
AFIELD Fellow, Council (for Fossil Free Fest), 2019
New Architecture Writers, The Architectural Foundation, 2019
Goldsmiths International Postgraduate Scholarship, 2018
Grist 50 2018
Artist-in-Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County, CA, US, 2018
Artist-in-Residence, The Luminary Arts, St. Louis, MO, US, 2018
Artist-in-Residence, AIR Laboratory, Zamek Ujazdowski Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL, 2017
Fellow, British Council, Future Leaders Connect, 2017
Fellow, Salzburg Global Seminar, Young Cultural Innovators, 2016

PROFESSIONAL

Forensic Architecture, London, UK. Researcher | Architectural researcher on two investigations: locating cemeteries of enslaved people on the construction sites of petrochemical plants throughout the region known as Death Alley (aka Cancer Alley) in Louisiana, and conducting spatial and visual analyses of police brutality and state repression at the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests across the US. (2020.10-Present)

Royal College of Art, London, UK. Visiting Lecturer, Environmental Architecture | Studio tutor and lecturer on environmental justice. (2019.10-2020.07)

Antenna, New Orleans, LA, US. Director of Programs | Directed Antenna’s public programming, including Signals quarterly “live arts magazine” event––6-8 artists, writers, activists, scientists, scholars, spiritualists and other Southeast Louisiana residents whose work intersects in unexpected and fascinating ways––and zine; Platforms Fund grantmaking program; Spillways Artist-in-Residence program; Fossil Free Fest; and more. (2016.03-2018.08)

Solitary Gardens, New Orleans, LA, US. Project Manager | Imagined by artist Jackie Sumell, garden beds designed after 6’x9’ solitary cells serve as a physical platform for collaboration, education, and commiseration between persons subjected to indefinite solitary confinement and volunteers on the “outside”. (2015.03-2016.01)

Herman’s House, New Orleans, LA, US. Concept, Design, and Publications Manager for The House That Herman Built, 3rd Ed., Merz & Solitude, Pub. April 2015. (2015.02-04)

Prospect New Orleans/ U.S. Biennial, Inc., New Orleans, LA, US. Curatorial Associate and Manager of Publications | Assisted with the conception and implementation of Prospect.3: Notes for Now, the third iteration of the largest international biennial of contemporary art in the United States, featuring 58 artist projects in 18 venues throughout New Orleans. (2014.03-2015.01)

Judd Foundation, New York, NY, US. Executive Assistant, Board Liaison, and Press Assistant | Assisted the Foundation through the historic restoration and public opening of 101 Spring Street, the permanently-installed SoHo home and studio of Donald Judd. (2010.10-2013.09)


Healthy Gulf, New Orleans, LA, US. Oil and Gas Accountability Campaign Manager | Led the organization’s efforts to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for environmental degradation in Louisiana’s wetlands. Founded and led the organization’s street canvass fundraising team. (2009.05-08)


MAJOR PROJECTS

(Ongoing) Unraveling Industry, New Orleans, LA, US and London, UK | A digital mapping platform to map fossil fuel infrastructure in Louisiana by company for the first time, articulating a demand for corporate accountability and reparations for ecological violence. website TK. (creator)

(Ongoing) Occupy Museums, Co-Organizer, New York, NY, US | An international artist-activist collective that organizes actions, interventions, and projects to challenge the commodification of culture and experiment with alternatives. www.occupymuseums.org

(Ongoing) Debtfair, Co-Organizer, various locations | An exhibition and organizing platform by Occupy Museums that exposes the layers of financial extraction within the walls of art institutions within capitalism. www.debtfair.org

(2018) Fossil Free Fest, Founder and Artistic Director, New Orleans, LA | A biennial gathering around art, music, films, food, and difficult conversations about the ethics and complexities of funding art, education, and science with fossil fuel philanthropy. www.fossilfreefest.org

(2014-2018) Blights Out, Co-Founder, New Orleans, LA, US | a collective of artists, activists, and architects who worked to demystify and democratize development in post-Katrina New Orleans between 2014 and 2018. www.blightsout.org

OTHER PROJECTS, INTERVENTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS

(2020.11-2021.01) “Imagining De-Gentrified Futures,” Apex Art, New York, NY, US (group exhibition as artist)

(2019.09-2020.10) Mississippi: An Anthropocene River, Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Mississippi River, US and Berlin, DE (participant)

(2019.05) Whole Life Academy, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, DE (participant)

(2019.03-2019.09) “Plastcity of the Planet”, Forensic Architecture, Centre for Contemporary Nature, Ujazdowski Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL (group exhibition with Forensic Architecture)

(2017.10-2018.01) "Gotong Royong: Things we do together", Zamek Ujazdowski Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, PL (group exhibition as artist)

(2017.03-06) “Whitney Biennial”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, US (group exhibition as artist, with Occupy Museums)

(2016.02-05) “Making Use: Life in Postartistic Times”, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, PL (group exhibition as artist, with Debtfair)

(2016.06-08) “Precarious: Contingency in Artmaking and Academia”, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago (group exhibition as artist, with Debtfair)

(2016.02-2016.08) “Agitprop”, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (group exhibition as artist, with Occupy Museums)

(2015.11-2016.01) “Debtfair”, Art League Houston, Houston, TX, US (group exhibition as artist, with Debtfair)

(2014.10-2015.01) “Prospect.3: Notes for Now”, Associate Curator, Prospect New Orleans, 18 venues, 58 artists, New Orleans, LA, US (exhibition as associate curator)

(2014.10-12) “Work It Out”, Momenta Art, New York, NY, US (group exhibition as artist, with Debtfair)

(2014.09.09) “Ritual Re-Branding of the David H. Koch Plaza on the Day of its Dedication”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, US | An Occupy Museums durational ritual cleansing and rebranding of the formerly-public plaza bought by David Koch at the Met Museum. (intervention)

(2013.08) “Debtfair”, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY, US (group exhibition as artist, with Occupy Museums)

(2013-2014) “Winter Holiday Camp”, Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, PL | The interjection of a tactical pause in CAPITALIST TIME into the cultural institution, giving staff and public breathing room for organizing, dreaming, and healing amidst tension between administration, staff, and Ministry of Culture. Accepted into CCA permanent collection Dec. 2013. (project, with Occupy Museums et al)

(2012.09-12) “7 Billion Bloombergs”, Momenta Art, Bushwick, NY, US | A gallery-turned-commons designed to investigate the limitations of art and culture dependent on private philanthropy, striated by competition, burdened by debt, and flipped as a financial asset class for speculation. (group exhibition as artist, with Occupy Museums)

(2012.03-05) “Wall Street to Main Street”, Co-Curator, multiple venues, Catskill, NY, US, organized by Green County Council for the Arts/ Masters on Main Street (exhibition as curator)

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

(2020.10) Presenter, The Shape of a Practice, Haus der Kulteren der Welt, Berlin, DE (virtual)

(2019.11) Presenter, HUMAN: 3rd PARSE Biennial, University of Gothenberg, Gothenberg, SE

(2019.03) Virtual Presenter, “Seeing in Infrastructure,” Look for Me All Around You, March Meeting, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE

(2018.11) Panelist, "Inspiring Dissent to Transform the Museum," UK Museums Association Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

(2018.10) Panelist, "Environmental Migration," Festival of Politics, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

(2018.03) Presenter, Public Practice Symposium, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA, US (as Blights Out)

(2018.10) Panelist, The Elders #WalkTogether with former Algerian Foreign Minister and freedom fighter Lakhdar Brahimi and former President of Finland Matti Ahtisaari, UK Houses of Parliament, London, UK

(2016.10) Panelist, Gentrification, 2016 Common Field Convening, Miami, FL, US

(2016.10) Presenter, Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, US (as Blights Out)

(2016.09) Guest lecturer, Eskew, Dumez + Ripple Architects, New Orleans, LA, US

(2016.06) Guest lecturer, “Gilded Black Gold: Framing Art Through Fossil Fuel Funding”, Three Keys Inside Voices Series, Ace Hotel, New Orleans, LA, US

(2015.12) Participant, Fossil Free Culture Climate Summit, COP 21, Paris, FR

(2014.04) Presenter, Latin American and European Meeting on Organization Studies (LAEMOS), Winner of Best Paper in Alternative Spaces/ Places of Organizing and nominated for Best in Conference for “Performing Bare Life: Occupying the Liminal Space Between Civilization”, 5th International Colloquium, Havana, CU

(2014.01) Presenter and facilitator, global aCtIVISm Symposium, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, DE

(2012.02) Guest lecturer, Parsons The New School, Visiting Artist Lecture Series, with Noah Fischer for Occupy Museums, New York, NY, US


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