Michelle Dizon is an artist, filmmaker, writer, theorist, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Born in the United States as part of the Philippine diaspora, Dizon’s life experience has been shaped by the politics of migration across the Pacific Rim. The violence of imperialism and the intimate spaces of resistance within globalization form central pivots in her work which take the form of multi-channel video installations, expanded cinema performances, essay films, photographs, discursive events, pedagogical platforms, and writing. She has exhibited and lectured internationally on aesthetics, migration, postcoloniality, globalization, feminism, and the politics of memory. Dizon is the founder of at land’s edge, an experimental platform for visual research and catalyst for decolonial thought and action. She earned an MFA in Art with specialization in Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a PhD in Rhetoric with designated emphases in Film and Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. She is core faculty in the Visual Art program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Gloria Galvez is a Los Angeles based artist and community organizer. Gloria works to subvert and dismantle status quo culture, norms and institutes that perpetuate the subjugation of communities in economic, political and social margins. She is also interested in creating access to physical and abstract spaces of possibility, imagination and self-determination for individuals for whom it’s constantly denied. Gloria has organized with Critical Resistance LA and the Youth Justice Coalition to challenge and abolish the prison industrial complex and the criminalization of communities of color. Since 2013, she has been a member of the pop-rasquache digital arts collective CH-R-O-M-E. Her work has been exhibited at CalArts, Mike Kelly’s Mobile Homestead, East Seventh Punx, Chuco’s Justice Center and other LA based galleries and organizations.
Andre Keichian is a core-organizer of At Land’s Edge. Their dedication to this effort is rooted in their interest in conjuring alternative modes of education, which aim to decenter institutionalized structures. They believe this exists through an intersection of accessible, shared learning, critical pedagogy and decolonial thought. Keichian carries this ethos into their own personal practice. Their work is a play between the individual and the collective,the tangible and the ephemeral, proximity and distance, and humor and melancholia. Their personal history as a queer, trans, Argentine-American operates as an indexical relationship that expands to interconnected subjects. Their array of work serves as open-ended experiments; investigations, which seek and explore queer abstraction through materialism. In their newest configurations, bodies collide with similar bodies; they are flipped, distorted, mutated and transformed into biomorphic forms, also referencing questions of ecology. Their art practice continually summons collaboration, as their work is grounded in themes of relation and community. By making work that is dependent on bodies as always already plural, they guarantee that they never work alone. Andre is currently pursing an M.F.A. in Photo & Media at the California Institute of the Arts.
Brittany Neimeth: Originally from outside of Philadelphia, I currently live and work in Los Angeles where I am a second year MFA candidate at CalArts in the photo and media department. Currently, I’m exploring the objectification of flesh and the fetishization of my body through performative actions I document. I am also exploring the trauma, repetition, and memory of mental illness in relation to my family using photography, audio, video, and writing. I am interested in exploring intersectional feminism and striving towards inclusivity in communities at large, and the art community specifically. I want to help design and cultivate an environment where we eliminate some of the elitism of the art world and create an accessible space for research, mentoring and art making. Academia and art education have shaped my life but I recognize the flaws in an institutionalized and private education system that demands recipients be wealthy or willing to take on large amounts of debt. My hope in working with at land’s edge is to develop a space that requires neither, and enriches the lives of the individuals who participate.
Suné Woods is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work takes the form of multi-channel video installations, photographs, and collage. Woods practice examines absences and vulnerabilities within cultural and social histories. She also uses microsomal sites such as family to understand larger sociological phenomenon, imperialist mechanisms, & formations of knowledge. She is interested in how language is emoted, guarded, and translated through the absence/presence of a physical body. To Sleep With Terra presently at Papillion in Leimert Park and Nadar at Commonwealth & Council in Koreatown. She has participated in residencies at Headlands Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Woods is a recipient of the Visions from the New California initiative. A ritual of questioning is at the core of Woods’ own practice and she is committed to the decolonial strategies that are At Land’s Edge mission. Woods is interested in an affordable platform that reaches across communities that At Lands’s Edge provides for research fellows. Woods served four years as Visiting Faculty in the Photography and Media Program at California Institute of the Arts, has worked with graduate students at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and youth throughout the United States in various community programs in the visual arts.