Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center presents the East Coast debut of Nao Bustamante’s solo exhibit Soldadera, an installation inspired by the women who fought during the Mexican Revolution (1910-20). The exhibition Soldadera opens on September 18 and continues through October 24, 2015. Public gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 12:00-5:00pm. To view the panel discussion with special guest, Ella Diaz, Associate Professor of English & Latino/a Studies of Cornell University from opening night, click here.
Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, originally from California, now resides in upstate New York, and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Bustamante’s precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. The New York Times says, “She has a knack for using her body.” Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sundance International Film Festival, Outfest International Film Festival, El Museo del Barrio and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman fellowship and in 2007 named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. In 2008 She received the Chase Legacy award in Film (In conjunction with Kodak and HBO). And was the Artist in Residence of the American Studies Association in 2012. In 2013, Bustamante was awarded the (Short-term) CMAS-Benson Latin American Collection Research Fellowship and also a Makers Muse Award from the Kindle Foundation. Bustamante’s video work is in the Kadist Collection. In 2010, she was an unlikely contestant on TV network, Bravo’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” Nao Bustamante is an alum of the San Francisco Art Institute, New Genres program and the Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture as a Video Fellow.