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Studio VU welcomes Nao Bustamante on October 16, 2019

Posted by on Friday, September 20, 2019 in News and Events.

The Department of Art and the Studio VU Lecture Series begins the 2019-2020 season with Body Vulnerable/Body Protected a lecture from Los Angeles based artist Nao Bustamante, on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 3pm in Room 220 of E. Bronson Ingram Studios Arts Center.

Nao Bustamante’s precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, filmmaking, sculpture and writing. Currently, she holds the position of Professor of Art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. There, she also serves at the Director of the MFA in Art.

Body Vulnerable/Body Protected

Bustamante emerges as what Jose Esteban Munoz has called the vulnerability artist.  While vulnerability proves to be an effective and illuminating lens through which to consider Bustamante’s performance, one must also confront aggression and hostility in Bustamante’s acts of performative self exposure. When Bustamante performs, no one in her presence is safe. There is something in the way that she stages distance, technology, and vulnerability such that we are compelled into an immediate field of exchange with Bustamante as violating and violatable body.  The videos and performances highlighted in this event will underscore Bustamante’s particular skill with technologies of mediation.  This artist talk provides a unique opportunity to view Bustamante’s performative interventions across time and media, making salient the ways in which Bustamante’s live body necessarily arrives as a mediated body historically constructed and one whose survival through mediation ensures its future vulnerability.

Nao Bustamante, “given confront.” photo credit: Jorge Acietuno

More about the Artist

Bustamante has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival/New Frontier, Outfest International Film Festival, El Museo del Barrio Museum of Contemporary Art, First International Performance Biennial, Deformes in Santiago, Chile and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. She was also an unlikely contestant on TV network, Bravo’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” In 2001 she received the Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. In 2008 She received the Chase Legacy award in Film (In conjunction with Kodak and HBO). And was the Artist in Residence of the American Studies Association in 2012. In 2013, Bustamante was awarded the (Short-term) CMAS-Benson Latin American Collection Research Fellowship and also a Makers Muse Award from the Kindle Foundation.  In 2014/15 Bustamante was Artist in Residence at UC Riverside and in 2015 she was a UC MEXUS Scholar in Residence in preparation for a solo exhibit at Vincent Price Art Museum in Los Angeles. Bustamante’s video work is in the Kadist Collection.

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