Curatorial AIRspace Residency

The Curatorial AIRspace Residency at Abrons Arts Center annually supports one interdisciplinary New York City-based curator with a semi-private studio at the Abrons, as well monetary commission to develop a project to be presented as part of our Fall or Spring season. Applications for the 2020 residency will open in Fall 2019.


2019 Resident

Aru Apaza (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist who favors working in performance, installation, and analog film media. Based in Lenape territory, Aru is Aymara, connecting her to the sacred lands of so called Bolivia. Currently, Aru explores late stage Capitalism through the lens of a space ndn, portraying the myriad of experiences surround Urban Indigeneity.

Aru’s work is situated within the vast intersection of Ancestral Technologies and modern day Western Imperialism. Often lost in the dissonance of Capitalism, imagination becomes vital in initiating an important dialogue of indigenous liberation and survival.

Aru’s residency with the Abrons Arts Center is formed through a partnership with American Indian Community House, where Aru has worked producing cultural events and creative direct actions, intervening with social injustices that target native communities. Aru is spearheading a three-day arts festival surrounding concepts of Indigenous past, present and future.