Core 2016–17 Critics in Residence
Born in Schenectady, New York, 1981
Taraneh Fazeli (second-year resident) is a curator, educator, editor, and researcher with a practice that emerges from legacies of institutional critique and radical pedagogy. She studied at the Cooper Union and CUNY Graduate Center. She previously worked in the New Museum’s education department, was a contributing editor to Triple Canopy, and was the managing director of e-flux. Recent curatorial projects focused on the relationship of pedagogy and language to the ontological status of the postcolonial subject, and her current project proposes a consideration of the temporalities of debility, disability, aging, and rest as potentially resistive to capitalism.
Born in Tomsk, Russia, 1984
Ruslana Lichtzier (first-year resident) is a writer, curator, and artist. Born in Russia and raised in Israel, she received her BFA with honors from Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and her MA in visual and critical studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her background as a migrant is a principal force in creating cultural productions that push toward the radicalization of differences while highlighting ethical stands. Recent productions include the 2015 group exhibition Terrorists in The Library at Harold Washington College, and the group exhibition Familiar Malaise, part of a curatorial fellowship at ACRE. Lichtzier is currently head curator of Efrain Lopez Gallery and an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Born in Florissant, Missouri, 1981
As a critic, art historian, essayist, and translator, Laura Wellen (first-year resident) writes about the points of connection that language creates between our emotional lives, our regional histories, and the objects and images with which we surround ourselves. She received her MA and PhD in art history from the University of Texas at Austin, and is the cofounder of Barometry Projects and Francine in Houston. Since 2014, she has been working between Houston and Guatemala City, where she runs the apartment gallery Yvonne. Her writing has been published in ArtForum, Art Lies, Artishock, and Pastelegram, among other international publications. In 2016, her writing has appeared in artist monographs for Darío Escobar, Andrés Ramírez Gaviria, and Diana de Solares.