2018 Methods of Acti(ng)on: CCA Alumnx Residency: Open Studio

Organized by CCA Exhibitions
Saturday, August 4, 5:00–9:00 pm
Image Credit: Susana Eslava, Landscape Disruptions, Photographs, 2012-ongoing
CCA Hubbell Street Galleries | 151-131 Hubbell St, San Francisco
Sat., August 4, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
*Please note that this event requires an RSVP, contact exhibitions@cca.edu with any questions.
For the second year in a row the CCA Hubbell Street Galleries in San Francisco will be used as studio spaces for four recent CCA Alumnx to work on a project that will be publicly presented via an open studio and panel discussion at the culmination of the residency. The prompt for this residency is Methods of Acti(ng)on. This annual summer residency was specifically structured for CCA Alumnx who are working in forms that explore social, political, environmental, and economic issues.
The 2018 residents are:
Irina Contreras (MA Visual and Critical Studies / MFA Social Practice, 2015)
Richard-Jonathan Nelson (MFA Fine Arts, 2017)
Patricia Leal (BFA Sculpture, 2017) & Susana Eslava (MFA Social Practice, 2017)
Irina Contreras is an interdisciplinary artist and writer whose practice utilizes performance, video and re-enactment in order to access a history or narratives inaccessible to her.  Contreras weaves speculative fiction, queer histories and camp as a way to more thoroughly examine the nuances of conflict and identity. Teetering between documenter and creator, Contreras’s work fluctuates between mediums including photography, archival practices, and de-centered performance as modes through which to highlight internal public and private spaces of forgotten or buried tension. She has worked for over ten years at the intersections of arts, education, and critical pedagogy in both institutional and community-based settings. Contreras is the founder of The Miracle Bookmobile, and has pursued an art practice alongside a dedication to social and restorative justice practices. In 2006, she co-founded Night Kitchen as a women- owned and operated health and wellness catering project. Night Kitchen expanded to center sliding scale consulting services for queer and trans people of color and communities. Her writing has appeared in the anthologies Beyond Walls and Cages and Nobody Passes and she was a regular contributor to Make/Shift magazine. She has held residency in Mexico City, Michoacán and Berkeley, CA and was a recent participant in Feminist Summer Camp in rural Utah.  Her performances and videos have been featured in venues throughout the US and abroad in Haiti, Germany, Mexico, the UK, and more.
Richard-Jonathan Nelson is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses textiles, video, and digital manipulation to create alternative worlds of speculative identity. His work is multi-layered, chromatically intense and mixes images of the natural world with reference to hoodoo, queer culture, and Afro-Futurism. He uses his constructed worlds to examine the overlapping spheres of culturally perceived identity and the emotional memory of what it means to be a queer black man. Thereby creating a limbic space free from the weighted excepted western cultural reality, and able to examine the unspoken ways systems of power persist. Born in Savannah, Georgia (1987) and working in Oakland, CA Nelson received his MFA from California College of the Arts in 2017. His work has been exhibited at Southern Exposure, Embark Gallery, Root Division in San Francisco, and Aggregate Space in Oakland.
Patricia Leal is an Oakland-based artist originally from Recife, Brazil. Her interdisciplinary practice working in sculpture, installation, video and performance has been largely informed by her experience as an outsider living in the United States. She received a BFA in Sculpture from California College of the Arts in 2017.
Susana Eslava is an interdisciplinary artist, editorial producer and cultural worker from Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores the intersections of social relations, art, politics, and nature within the dynamics of translation, migration and colonization. Susana received her BFA from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and her MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has been awarded a Fulbright grant, a CCA Merit Scholarship and a SOMA Mexico Fellowship. She has been selected to participate in various art residence programs throughout Europe and Latin America, and has shown her work in Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, Paris, the US, Canada and China. In Bogotá, she was the founder of the independent art initiative at la Estación de la Sabana, a space that hosted and produced cultural events for publics of all ages. She is currently working as an independent artist and researcher in San Francisco, as well as managing her social project, Miti Miti and the collaborative art and media archive, the Bureau of Longitudes.
Image Credit: Susana Eslava, Landscape Disruptions, Photographs, 2012-ongoing