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Laura August, PhD makes texts and exhibitions which find points of connection between our emotional lives and quotidian collaborations, and between our regional histories and landscapes. Since 2014, she has been working between Houston and Guatemala City, where she founded the exercise in convivencia named Yvonne. She holds a PhD in Art History and is a recipient of The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her writing about art in Central America: her writing has been published in numerous international magazines, exhibition catalogs, and artist monographs. She was a Core Critical Studies Fellow at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2016-2018. In 2018, she co-curated Guatemala’s Paiz Biennial. Current projects include the Houston-based Mud & Blue, an unruly curatorial project about survival in disastrous places (supported by an IDEA Fund Grant), and Studio Visit, a collection of interviews with Houston artists (supported by a City of Houston Support for Artists and Creative Individuals Grant). In 2019-2020, she is curating citysinging (Lawndale, Houston, TX), To look at the sea is to become what one is (Radiator Arts, NYC), Las heridas también pueden teñirse de azul (Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala), Stone’s Throw: Arte de Sanación, Arte de Resistencia (The Anderson at VCU, Richmond, VA and The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT), Yvonne writes letters to the sky (San Jacinto Community College, Houston, TX), Nostos Algos (Klein Arts + Culture, Harpersville, AL), and To Weave Blue: Poema al tejido (University of Memphis, TN). Her curatorial work is defined by living with and alongside artists, developing conversations and collaborative relationships over long spans of time, always thinking about felt experience and its politics. The exhibitions she makes are born from her writing practice. Since 2016, she has been working on mud, stones, and the sounds of storms; she is currently at work on a book-length essay about mud, corn, and historical violence in the middle of the Americas.
The Curatorial Intensive participants of the 2019 New Orleans program will each present their project proposals that they have been developing over the course of the program.read more »