Maya Ciarrocchi is a New York City based interdisciplinary artist working in installation, video, performance and social practice. Her practice centers on the excavation of vanished histories through storytelling and embodied mapmaking as in Site: Yizkor, where architectural renderings of destroyed buildings, maps of vanished places, historical Yizkor books and audience contributed writings become sources for exploring the physical and emotional documentation 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 has received residencies and fellowships from the Bronx Museum of the Arts (AIM), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (Swing Space), MacDowell Colony, Millay Colony, New York Artists Equity, UCross Foundation and Wave Hill (Winter Workspace). 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 individual studio practice, Ciarrocchi has created award winning projection design for dance and theater including the TONY award winning Broadway musical The Band's Visit. Ciarrocchi was recently a LABA Fellow in the New York-based Laboratory for Jewish Culture and is a recipient of the 2020 BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts.
Her interdisciplinary project Gender/Power, which she co-directs with her collaborative partner Kris Grey, has been presented at Gibney, the Invisible Dog Arts Center, Jack, and Smack Mellon. Gender/Power has received funding support from The MAP Fund, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation 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.
M.F.A. Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
B.F.A. Dance, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
AWARDS / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES
2020 BRIO Award, Bronx Council on the Arts
2020 FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund
2020 Andrew Freedman Home Studio Residency, Bronx, NY2020 Wave Hill Winter Workspace, Bronx, NY
2019 MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2019 Equity b[x] Residency Fellow Program, New York, NY
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 AIM, Bronx Museum of the Arts
2016 MAP Fund
2016 Franklin Furnace Fund
2020 Solo Exhibition, Equity Gallery, New York, NY (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
GROUP EXHIBITIONS / SCREENINGS
2019 Group Exhibition, It Could Be You: Portraiture in a Constructed World, Equity Gallery, New York, NY
2019 Group Exhibition, Rendering Likeness, La Bodega Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
PERFORMANCES / COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
2020 Site: Yizkor, work in progress, collaboration with Andrew Conklin, Bronx Museum of the Arts Block Gallery
2019 Site: Yizkor, work in progress, collaboration with Andrew Conklin, Center for New Music, San Francisco
2017 A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, A Performed Reading of the US Constitution, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
2016 Gender/Power Composition IV, collaboration with Kris Grey, JACK, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Gender/Power Composition IV, collaboration with Kris Grey, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
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.
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
Eric Hope, WPA SELECT at Artisphere, East City Art Reviews, February 12, 2015