apexart :: Resident Talk :: Sofija Grandakovska, Jayson Keeling, Edwin Ramoran, and Carlo McCormick



March 11, 2009, 6:30 pm

A series of conversations between apexart residents and Carlo McCormick

Sofija Grandakovska (Inbound from Macedonia), Jayson Keeling (Outbound to Ethiopia), and Edwin Ramoran (Outbound to Greece) in conversation with Carlo McCormick about their experiences as apexart residents.

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Sofija Grandakovska is a poet and researcher from Macedonia. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Comparative Literature at the School of Philology at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia. The title of her thesis is The Akathistos Hymn of the Mother of God in the Context of Byzantine Hymnography. Since 1992, Sofija has published research studies, reviews, essays, and poetry in Macedonian and foreign periodicals. She is the author of two books of poetry: The Eighth Day (2005, in Macedonian and in English) and The Burden Sun (2007, translated in Macedonian, English, Serbian, Albanian and Greek), and she recently published Discourse of the Prayer (2008), a scientific study. Ms. Grandakovska is currently in residence at apexart through March 19.

Jayson Keeling was born in Brooklyn, NY and attended The Fashion Institute of Technology. He lives and works in Long Island City, Queens. For most of his career Keeling worked almost exclusively in the medium of photography but recently he has begun to explore painting, video, and sculpture as well. His work has been featured in many exhibitions including The Queens International 4, The Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; Filmic, VideoStudio, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Summer Mixtape Vol. 1, Exit Art, New York and The Wu-Tang googolplex Show (Congress), GBE@passerby, New York. Mr. Keeling participated in the apexart Outbound Residency to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in January 2009.

Edwin Ramoran was born and raised in Palm Springs, California. He lives in Harlem and currently works as director of exhibitions and programs at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey. He is a recipient of a Curatorial Research Fellowship from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for the forthcoming group exhibition Me Love You Long Time that will be presented at Aljira in late 2009-early 2010. He has worked as a guest curator at institutions such as the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, PERFORMA 05 at Artists Space, Center for Book Arts, Dieu Donné Papermill and Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, South Asian Women's Creative Collective, and Visual AIDS online. Mr. Ramoran participated in the apexart Outbound Residency to Athens, Greece in November 2007.

Carlo McCormick is a popular culture critic and curator living in New York City. He is the author of numerous books, monographs and catalogues on contemporary art and artists, and has lectured and taught extensively at universities and colleges around the United States. His writing has appeared in Aperture, Art in America, Art News, Artforum, Camera Austria, High Times, Spin, Tokion, Vice and countless other magazines. He has curated shows for the Bronx Museum of Art, New York University, the Queens Museum of Art and the Woodstock Center for Photography. McCormick is Senior Editor of PAPER magazine.

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Sofija Grandakovska's residency is supported in part by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

apexart's exhibitions and public programs are supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., The William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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