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Maya Ciarrocchi is a New York City based interdisciplinary artist working in installation, video, photography, performance and social practice. In these works, she uses storytelling and personal narrative to create spaces of healing and to open empathetic pathways between bodies of difference. The influence of her previous career as a dance artist is evidenced in her use of non-linear narration and focus on physicality as a form of expression that can convey meaning outside of language. Most recently, she is using architectural drawings and maps of disappeared places to trace the physical and emotional manifestation of loss. 

Her work has been exhibited in New York at: Abrons Arts Center, Anthology Film Archives, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Kinescope Gallery, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts, and at Artisphere, (VA), Hammer Museum (CA), Borderlines Film Festival (UK), Moving Pictures Festival (CAN). Ciarrocchi is a 2017 Bronx Museum of the Arts Artist in the Marketplace alum and has received residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (Swing Space), Millay Colony and the UCross Foundation. She received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, a Film/Video Grant from The Jerome Foundation and funding from The Puffin Foundation. In addition to her art-making practice, Ciarrocchi has created award winning projection designs for dance and theater including the TONY award winning musical The Band's Visit. Ciarrocchi was recently a LABA Fellow in the New York-based Laboratory for Jewish Culture and is the recipient of the inaugural New York Artists Equity b[x] Fellowship.

Her interdisciplinary project Gender/Power, which she co-directs with her collaborative partner Kris Grey, has been presented at Gibney Dance, the Invisible Dog Arts Center, Jack, and Smack Mellon. Gender/Power has received funding support from The MAP Fund and The Franklin Furnace Fund and has been awarded residencies from the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Process Space. Gender/Power was a participant in the 2019 Moving Towards Justice Cohort at Gibney..

Ciarrocchi earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and a BFA from SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY.


EDUCATION
M.F.A. Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
B.F.A. Dance, Purchase College (SUNY), Purchase, NY

AWARDS / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES
2019   
Equity b [x] Residency Fellow Program, New York, NY
2019
International Artist Convening, Sichów Educational Foundation, Sichów, Pl.
2019
Moving Towards Justice 2019 Cohort, Gibney, NYC
2018   
Laboratory for Jewish Culture, LABA Fellowship, NYC
2018   Works on Water Residency, Governors Island, NYC
2018   Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY
2017   Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts
2017   Artist in the Marketplace (AIM), Bronx Museum of the Arts
2016   MAP Fund
2016   Franklin Furnace Fund
2015   Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Process Space Residency Program
2015   Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency Program (BAC Space)
2014   Smack Mellon Hot Pick
2013   4 Heads Artist in Residence, Governors Island, NY
2013   Puffin Foundation, project grant
2012   Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swing Space Residency Program
2012   Jerome Foundation, New York Film and Video Grant
2011    Ucross Foundation, Artist in Residence, Ucross, WY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES
2020
Solo Exhibition, Artists Equity Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming)
2019
  Site: Yizkor, work in progress performance, collaboration with Andrew Conklin, Bronx Museum of the Arts Block Gallery (forthcoming) 
2019 Solo Exhibition, Site: Yizkor, The Gallery at the 14th St. Y, New York, NY
2018  
Site Yizkor, ReImagine Festival NYC, The Theater at the 14th Street Y, New York, NY
2018  Solo Exhibition, Site: Sorel, Kinescope Gallery, New York, NY
2012  Solo Exhibition, I’m Nobody! Who Are You? New York Live Arts, New York, NY
2011  Solo Exhibition, I’m Nobody! Who Are You? Artisphere, Arlington, VA
2011  Solo Exhibition, I’m Nobody! Who Are You? The Chocolate Factory, LIC, NY
2007 Solo Exhibition, Wasteland, Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS
2019  
Group Exhibition, Rendering Likeness, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
2017  Group Exhibition, AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
2015  Group Exhibition, SELECT 2015: Washington Project for the Art's 34th Annual Exhibition, Artisphere, Arlington, VA
2014  Screening, Frei, New Filmmakers New York Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY
2013  Group Exhibition, (e)merge Art Fair, Artist Platform, Washington DC
2013  Group Exhibition, Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
2013  Group Exhibition, ENACT, Online exhibition as part of the Cleveland Performance Art Festival’s 25th anniversary, curated by Ann Torke and Nannette Yannuzzi
2013  Four-Person Exhibition, Quiet Disruptions, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013  Group Exhibition, Archipelago, Works by LMCC’s Swing Space Artists in Residence on Governors Island, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Kaegan Sparks
2013  Film Festival, Overburden, West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival, Morgantown, WV
2012  Group Exhibition, Beyond the Parking Lot: The Change and Re-assessment of Our Modern    Landscape, Artisphere, Arlington, VA, curated by Cynthia Connolly
2010  Group Exhibition, Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
2009 Three-Person exhibition, Dark Landscapes/The Weather and a Place to Live, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY, with Anna Collette and Steve B. Smith
2008  Group Exhibition, Static2 - Installation and Performance by West Midlands & New York Artists, Borderlines Film Festival, Hereford, UK

PERFORMANCES / COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
2017
  A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, A Performed Reading of the US Constitution, durational performance, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
2016  Gender/Power Composition IV, JACK, Brooklyn, NY (performance in collaboration with Kris Grey)
2016  Gender/Power Composition IV, Smack Mellon, as part of signal curated by Alexis Heller, Brooklyn, NY (performance in collaboration with Kris Grey)
2015  Gender/Power Composition III, workshop iteration, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY     (workshop/performance in collaboration with Kris Grey)
2015  Gender/Power Composition II, The Agnes Varis Performance Lab, Gibney Dance, New York, NY        (performance in collaboration with Kris Grey)

SELECTED PROJECTION SCENOGRAPHY / COMMISSIONS
2016  Scenography, The Band’s Visit, directed by David Cromer. The Barrymore Theater, New York, NY
2016  Scenography, The Band’s Visit, directed by David Cromer. The Atlantic Theater Company, New York, NY
2016  Scenography, The Effect, directed by David Cromer. The Barrow Street Theater, New York, NY
2014  Scenography, As I Remember it - Carmen de Lavallade, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Becket, MA, national touring
2012  Commission, Moving Portraits - Bebe Miller Company, video installation, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, national touring
2012  Scenography Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by David Cromer. Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL
2010  Scenography Throne of Blood, directed by Ping Chong. Brooklyn Academy of Music, Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn, NY

PUBLICATIONS
Ciarrocchi, Maya. “After Death, People Come and Touch Your Things”, LABAJournal(January 2, 2019) https://labajournal.com/2019/01/people-come/
Ciarrocchi, Maya and Grey, Kris. “Artwork: Gender/Power” Art Journal, Vol. 76, nos. 3-4, Fall Winter 2017, 86-87.

PRESS
Amy Handelsman, Filling the Spaces of the Dead, review of Maya Ciarrocchi’s solo exhibition, Site: Yizkor at the 14th Street Y, New York, NY, LabaJournal, March 12, 2019.
Gibney Launches New Art and Social-Justice Initiative, Art Forum, January 30, 2019
David Barbour, Desert Incident, Lighting & Sound America, p. 42-49, December 1, 2017
Mark O'Connell, Don't Just Ask Bruce Jenner for Answers, Ask Yourself, Psychology Today, May 1, 2015
Max Siegling, Sharing a Queer Gaze: Gender/Power (composition II) at Gibney, Culturebot.org, April 6, 2015
Eric Hope, WPA SELECT at Artisphere, East City Art Reviews, February 12, 2015
Paddy Johnson, Whitney Kimball and Gabriela Vainsencher, AFC’s Guide to (e)merge: A Fair with a Local Focus, Art F City, October 2, 2013
Gabriela Vainsencher, Why You Should Go To The Governors Island Art Fair, Art F City, September 16, 2013 Stephanie Merry, Paradise lost, found and reconsidered, The Washington Post, 2012   
Roslyn Sulcas, Physical Thinking Out Loud With Animation and Video, The New York Times, p. C11, November 12, 2008                                
Jack Anderson, A Program that Offers Unintended Implications, The New York Times, December 21, 2004