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Keka Marzagao
Brooklyn, NY
Website: www.keka.net
Neighborhood: Flatbush



ARTIST STATEMENT: Utilizing primarily photography, audio and video, my work focuses on portraiture to examine issues of identity, representation, and displacement. As an immigrant from Brazil—a country with rich cultural diversity—I’m fascinated by cultural differences and their manifestations, and intrigued by the evolution of identity in first and second generation migrants. While challenging the role of photography as truth, I question universal social constructs and beliefs in search of what connects us to each other. I'm fascinated by the human condition and strive to pursue what Toni Morrison calls the 'human project—which is to remain human and to block the dehumanization of others.’
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ARTIST RESUME:


Born: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Currently: Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Solo Shows/Installations
2017 (upcoming) "Uprooted II," site-specific public installation, Queens Art Intervention, (Queens/NY)
2017 "Women of Flatbush," at Intersection at The Junction (Brooklyn/NY)

Group Shows
2017 (upcoming) Queens Art Intervention, at Queens Museum (Queens/NY)
2017 Upcycle Journey, at Staten Island MakerPark (Staten Island/NY)
2017 CCNY Annual Photography Exhibition, at Compton-Goethals Gallery (Harlem/NY)
2015 TEDx Art Show, at Hunter College (UES/NY)
2015 Pop Up Art Show, at Hunter College Gallery (UES/NY)
2004 insert, at Cuchifritos Gallery and project space (LES/NY)
2001 Fictive Net/Porn, at The Point Gallery (LES/NY)

Awards/Fellowships/Commissions
2017 "Uprooted II," Queens Art Intervention 2017 Grant
2017 "Head Wrap II," Best in Show Prize: 2nd Place, CCNY Annual Photography Exhibition
2017 “Masks of the Quotidian," Queens Council on the Arts New Works Grant (co-recipient)
2016 “Women of Flatbush," Commission, Flatbush Junction BID

Collaborations
2017 (upcoming) "Masks of the Quotidian," Queens Council on the Arts Office (Queens/NY)
2016-2017 Common Elements, at El Museo del Barrio (East Harlem/NY)
2016 ART&COM RE-LOCATION, at Emma Thomas Gallery (LES/NY)
2013 Up&Down, at CutLog art fair (LES/NY)
2011 VJ Performance, Death & Life in the Northeast, at SCOPE/NY Art Fair
2007 VJ Performance, Death & Life in the Northeast, at the Bowery Poetry Club

Teaching Experience
2015-2017 Summertime Stories, ICP Teen Academy, Teaching Assistant, High School for Fashion Industries (NY/NY)
2015 Black & White I for teens, Teaching Assistant, ICP at the Point (Bronx/NY)

Education
2015-2018 BA in Studio Arts: Photography, Hunter College (NY/NY)
2013-2014 Continuing Education, International Center of Photography (ICP), (NY/NY)
 








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