Competition: US & Canada
University of Southern California
Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in video, with a practice that includes performance, writing, sound design, drawing, and digital media. Kahn’s kinetic relationship to humor informs a hybrid media practice infused with pop vernacular, documentary tropes, improvisation, comedy, and experimental film/video praxis. The work inhabits spaces between fiction and document and stems from an extensive background in live performance. Integrating the performative with the candid, Kahn addresses issues like agency, power, trauma, and the uses and failings of language.
In addition to her solo work, she has been in collaborative teams with artist Harry Dodge and with the performance company CORE. Her solo and collaborative works have shown in numerous venues nationally and internationally including The Whitney Biennial (2008); The California Biennial (2010); MoMA/NY; MOCA/LA; The Getty Center/LA, the Hammer Museum/LA; the Sundance Film Festival; Migrating Forms Film Festival; the Center for Art and Media/Karlsrühe; PS1 Museum of Contemporary Art/NY; Contemporary Center for Art/Vilnius, Lithuania; MIT, Cambridge; ICA, Philadelphia; Kunstalle, Bonn, GDR; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The Hayward Gallery, London; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles and Elizabeth Dee Gallery/NY, among many others. Forthcoming shows in 2012 include a group exhibition at the New Museum in New York and an extensive solo show at Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK.
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