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Episode 17: Andréa Stanislav

This week we dig in with Andréa Stanislav, covering the inspirational cross-fertilization of narrative film and fine art, the erotic yet imperial power of horses, the artist’s role in the face of genocide, avoiding and accepting identity, and the axiom of ‘practice practice practice.’

Andréa Stanislav (b. 1968, Chicago) is a contemporary American artist based in New York City. Her hybrid practice spans sculpture, complex multimedia installations, collage, and public art and performance interventions. Through spectacle or experiential immersion, her work questions how histories re-contextualize in the present — focusing on themes of genocide, migration and space exploration. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Alfred University, NY. Stanislav’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally. Select solo exhibitions and projects include NART, Narva, Estonia; The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh; Saint Louis Art Museum; The Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Cosmonautics, Moscow, Russia; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; 21c Museum, Louisville; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; thisisnotashop, Dublin, Ireland; Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA; Bruno David Gallery, St. Louis; Ca’D’Oro Gallery, NYC; Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London, UK; Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago; and Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC. 

Her work has also has been featured in exhibitions at The State Hermitage Museum, SPB, Russia; Center for Digital Art, Holon; Israel; Kuryokhin Center for Modern Art, SPB; CYLAND, NYC/SPB; Museum of Non-Conformist Art, SPB; Smack Mellon, NYC; Art Ii Biennial, Finland; Alvar Aalto City Library, Vyborg; Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad, SPB; 5th Moscow Biennial; U.S (Ambassador’s) Residence, Stockholm, Sweden; Fieldgate Gallery, London; Al Sabah Gallery, Kuwait City; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft, Louisville; Dumbo Arts Center, NYC; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; Garis and Hahn Gallery, NYC; House of the Nobleman, NYC.

Selected awards include Foundation for Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant – NYC; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art Alumni Artist-in-Residents Award, Freund Fellowship for Visual Arts , Washington University; IUPAH Presidential Award, Target Studio Grant, Weisman Art Museum; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency; McKnight Artists Fellowship; and the Jerome Artist Fellowship. For the past decade, Andréa has worked extensively in St. Petersburg, Russia on projects and research focused on the creative production during the Siege of Leningrad and Soviet and Russian space exploration. Andréa Stanislav is an Associate Professor at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, and affiliate faculty in the Russian and Eastern European Institute (REEI) at Indiana University, Bloomington