Alicia Grullón is a New York based artist from the Bronx. Currently, she is a part of inClimate an exhibition on climate change and the city presented under the auspicious of Franklin Furnace Archives and its founder Director Martha Wilson organized and curated by Regina Cornwell. Most recently, she was a presenter at the Queens Museum for the Open Engagement Conference in May 2014 and spoke about her green legislation project PERCENT FOR GREEN at the Association of Art Historians in London in April 2014. She completed residency programs with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Arts Council Korea, Five Colleges Women’s Studies Center, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and in Germany for Migrating Academies.
Grullón has presented at El Museo del Barrio for La Bienal (S-Files), Performa 11, Bronx Museum AIM Biennial, Art in Odd Places, and in Socrates Park. Her work has been funded by the Puffin Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, Crompton Foundation and Franklin Furnace Archives. She was an artist fellow in 2013 with A Blade of Grass Foundation and Culture Push. In October 2012, Grullón received the Sol Sharvio Award for Emerging Artist in the Marketplace. Biographies include NY1 Noticias, ArtFAGCity, Brooklyn Rail and New York Daily News. She received a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
On-site Live in Las Galerías from October 22 to December 6, 2014
“I create work that transforms how community and history are experienced. Inspired by citizen action movements, I use art to chronicle and witness. I am interested in exploring encounters between people and how they are locations where issues of race, class, gender, and activism open. I am drawn to current events and social issues where power relations or identity are in question. What my role is as artist in the community and how art can actively serve community are questions I explore.
I pay particular attention to my work’s intersections with photography, video and performance and how it borders between reality and theatricality, the staged and the documented. Borrowing from ethnography, I position myself as the observer and the observed and considers the documentation to be an anthropological event. Because much of my work is participatory, these projects become strategies for new ways of looking at culture. Beyond the practical, my interventions pertain to identity- to ideas of belonging, and not belonging.”
Photos by Alicia Grullón
These images are a re-enactment of the I too am Princeton project by Princeton Students itooamprinceton.tumblr.com. The project addresses issues of race and the persistent alienation students feel in the academy, specifically at Princeton. Nicolás’ portrait and my self-portraits are reenactments of that project within the context of art. In preparation, I asked Nicolás to refer to the Princeton project and come up with a caption of his own. Nicolás referred to Christ Outside the Gate: Mission Beyond Christendom for the captions on the white board. I chose to use the same to complement and contrast my setting of Nicolás outside the Metropolitan Museum/Koch Plaza and my portrait inside El Museo.