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Clarissa Tossin: Excavating Material Futures09:43

Join Los Angeles-based artist Clarissa Tossin in conversation with Kavior Moon [Liberal Arts faculty, SCI-Arc] in this latest SCI-Arc Channel film as they discuss colonialist histories, counter-narratives, and notions of futurity in relation to Tossin's wide-ranging works. Tossin's interdisciplinary practice fluidly moves between sculpture, video, performance, and photography to consider the contradictions of modernism, cultural hybridity, and translation, as well as possible futures to be excavated from material forms in the present day.

Clarissa Tossin (b. 1973, Porto Alegre, Brazil; lives and works in Los Angeles) received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2009 and BFA at Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado, São Paulo in 2000. Tossin has held solo exhibitions at 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2019); Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard, MA (2018); Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2018); Blanton Museum of Art, Austin (2018); JOAN, Los Angeles (2016); Galeria Baobá, Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Brazil (2015); Artpace San Antonio ( 2013); Sicardi Gallery, Houston (2013); and Centre 3, Hamilton, Canada (2013). Selected group exhibitions include MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2020); Samdani Art Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2020); Luhring Augustine, New York (2019); Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard, MA (2018); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2018); 12th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2018); Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France (2018); Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (2017); Fabra i Coats Centre D'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain (2015); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014). Tossin is the recipient of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Grant to Individuals (2020); Foundation for Contemporary Arts Visual Arts Grant (2019), Fellows of Contemporary Art Fellowship (2019), Artadia Los Angeles Award (2018), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship at Harvard University (2018), the California Community Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship (2014), the Center for Cultural Innovation’s Artistic Innovation Grant (2012), and the Core Program Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston (2010-12). La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France will present a solo exhibition of Tossin's work in Spring 2021.

Crew Credits:

Creator and Executive Producer - Hernán Díaz Alonso
Producers - Marcelyn Gow/Reza Monahan

Story Producer - Kavior Moon
Editors - Cal Crawford/Reza Monahan

Soundtrack: Light Flows by Barrie Gledden & Jason Pedder

Images and Video Courtesy of Clarissa Tossin

Additional Images (in order of appearance):

Ichiro Guerra / PR. CC BY-ND 3.0

Ichiro Guerra / PR. CC BY-ND 3.0

Ichiro Guerra / PR. CC BY-ND 3.0

Ichiro Guerra / PR. CC BY-ND 3.0

Ennis House (8188784771).jpg
evdropkick / CC BY 2.0

Ennis House (1) (28416951955).jpg
Kyle Magnuson from Los Angeles, United States / CC BY 2.0

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geek_love13 / CC BY 2.0

Ennis House (2) (28416951575).jpg
Kyle Magnuson, Los Angeles, United States / CC BY 2.0

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MichaelJLocke, CC BY-SA 4.0

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Codera23 / CC BY-SA 4.0

ZuyuaT / CC BY-SA 4.0

chensiyuan / CC BY-SA 4.0

Gerd Eichmann / CC BY-SA 4.0

Gerd Eichmann / CC BY-SA 4.0

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