Interspace: Kristen Jensen, Sara Jordenö & Siobhan Burke

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Join Abrons AIRspace residents Kristen Jensen & Sara Jordenö for a moderated conversation with Siobhan Burke, a dance writer who contributes regularly to The New York Times and Dance Magazine

Studio practice evidence will be on view. Abrons’ AIRspace program offers time-based residencies to emerging and mid-career artists and cross-disciplinary curators, providing free workspaces and opportunities to present/exhibit works-in-progress, curate exhibits and performances in the Abrons’ galleries and theaters, and teach in school-based education programs.

Kristen Jensen has an interdisciplinary art practice, involving sculpture, painting, performance, and installation. Ritual and the questioning of the line that exists between strength and weakness, control and disorder finds material form in the ceramic and mixed media objects that are part of her practice. The work contrasts beauty with destruction, and intimate, emotional explorations with formal investigations of material and media. She received her MFA in combined media from Hunter College and her BFA in printmaking from Syracuse University. Recent exhibits in New York City include those at Regina Rex, Postmasters, Wallspace, and Outlet. Her work has also been shown at Bortolami Gallery, Nicelle Beachene, Sculpture Center, Bureau, Galerist (Istanbul), and Sundaram Tagore Gallery (as part of the Singapore Biennial). Upcoming residencies include the Shandaken Project and the Abrons AIRspace Residency.

Sara Jordenö is a NYC -based Swedish visual artist, documentary filmmaker and researcher, whose work resides in the crossing points of site-specific and public art, documentary cinema, and community-based participatory performative practice. Jordenö’s longitudinal projects often engage with hidden populations and communities facing marginalization, creating complex portraits of struggle and resilience. In the process of making these works, she has collaborated with (and at times shared authorship with) sociologists, activists, community organizers and members of the communities that she investigates. Her documentary KIKI, a collaboration with members of the underground Kiki Ballroom scene, a subculture for LGBTQ at-risk youth in NYC, premiered in competition at Sundance Film Festival in 2016. Jordenö was awarded the Teddy Award for Best Documentary Film and the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights for KIKI, which has screened in 15 countries. Jordenö holds an MFA from UCLA Department of Art and has for the past 16 years participated in many residencies and exhibited internationally. Her work has been commissioned by the Public Art Agency Sweden, Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Printed Matter, Muscarnok Kunsthalle and the 5th Berlin Biennial. In June 2016 she was named by Variety as one of “10 Women Filmmakers to Watch.” 

Siobhan Burke is a dance writer based in Brooklyn. She contributes regularly to The New York Times and Dance Magazine, where she was an associate editor from 2008 to 2013. She has also written for The Brooklyn Rail, The Performance Club, Hyperallergic, Pointe, and The Columbia Journal of American Studies. As a dancer, Burke has performed in projects by RoseAnne Spradlin, Rebecca Warner, Jillian Sweeney, and Darrah Carr, among others. She grew up studying Irish dance in New England and County Kerry, Ireland, and was a member of the 10th-anniversary North American tour of Riverdance. Burke holds a B.A. in American Studies from Barnard College, where she received the 2008 John Demos Prize in American Studies. She was a 2013 USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow.