Maria Gaspar x Ernesto Pujol - Art x Activism - The Gordon Parks Foundation

Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses issues of spatial justice in order to amplify, mobilize, or divert structures of power through individual and collective gestures. Through installation, sculpture, sound, and performance, Gaspar's practice situates itself within historically marginalized sites and spans multiple formats, scales, and durations to produce liberatory actions. Gaspar's projects have been supported by the Art for Justice Fund, the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, the Creative Capital Award, the Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, and the Art Matters Foundation. Maria has received the United States Artists Fellowship, the Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award in Art and Activism from the National Museum of Mexican Art, and the Chamberlain Award for Social Practice from the Headlands Center for the Arts. Gaspar has lectured and exhibited extensively at venues including MoMA PS1, New York, NY; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; the African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She is Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Maria Gaspar x Ernesto Pujol - Art x Activism - The Gordon Parks Foundation

Ernesto Pujol is a Social choreographer who designs durational group performances as public portraits of peoples and places under threat. Pujol choreographs and maps immersive, contemplative cultural experiences across vast expanses crafted with elements of walking and stillness, silence and poetic gestures. Pujol is the founder of The Listening School Project, a series of pilgrim workshops that explore the psychic archeology of human creativity, training artists and citizens in listening skills for social practice, seeking conscious culture. Pujol has served as a consultant for the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico. He has received awards from The Joan Mitchel Foundation, the Cintas Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Art Matters, and the Academy for Educational Development. He is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions and Walking Art Practice. His essays, interviews, and profiles have been collected in Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art, A Lived Practice, Fernweh, The Spiritual in Art, and Dewey for Artists, among other publications. The artist was born in Havana, has an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and currently resides in San Juan.