Created with a generous gift from philanthropist Inga Maren Otto, the fellowship provides support for outstanding artists who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts.

The program represents the depth and breadth of Watermill’s commitment to supporting projects that integrate genres and art forms from diverse viewpoints and that break from traditional forms of representation. Through a residency at The Watermill Center, each fellow is provided with the time and space in which they can exercise creative freedom in the development of new work.

The 2016-2018 Inga Maren Otto Fellow exhibitions are curated by Noah Khoshbin & Daneyal Mahmood. This program is invitation-only.

photo © Chloe Bellemere

Masako Miki | February 2018

Masako Miki will be preparing a new body of work including a large ink drawing and sculptural pieces for a site-specific installation at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in 2019. The series continues to explore the idea of dissolving boundaries in order to expand our perceptions.

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Tania Bruguera | March 2018

Tania Bruguera will be developing her new work, In less than 140 words. On how to respond to 45’s tweets. The project will be generating a series of texts to be tweeted at @realDonaldTrump. Some of those texts will be used as part of the Times Square project Words on Street in order to be included in the public space.

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Anne Carson | March 2018

Anne Carson will be working on Word on the Street, an ongoing text-based public art initiative in collaboration with arts collective House of Trees consisting of original political and poetic banners created by renowned female international artists and writers in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas. Multimedia artist Amy Khoshbin collaborated with writer Anne Carson, and artists Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Holzer, in the creation of these original banners. Commissioned by Times Square Arts, the latest exhibition will appear on street pole banners and Bigbelly solar-powered trash and recycling receptacles in Times Square from August 29, 2017 – February 2018.

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Barthélémy Toguo | June 2018

During his residency, Barthélémy Toguo will develop a new multimedia work to be exhibited at the Parrish Art Museum as part of the annual Platform exhibition, opening August 2018. While living at The Watermill Center, Toguo will absorb the local culture through newspapers and media and will explore the social issues he observes through paintings, collages and installation projects.

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Carrie Mae Weems | April 2017

Carrie Mae Weems will be refining her song cycle/performance titled Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which examines the the role of grace in the pursuit of democracy. The first iteration of Grace Notes premiered at the Spoleto Festival in June 2016, and brings together some of the country’s most celebrated artists, poets, musicians and composers to examine the wider social implications of tensions at work in communities across America. These tensions are marked and defined by recent escalations in violence, the killings of young black men, and the tragic events of the Emanuel Nine. These events and nationwide responses have been contextualized as a song cycle. As its title suggests, the piece incorporates music, song and spoken word interwoven with text, dance, photography and video projection to explore the dimensions of its theme.

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Royce Weatherly | September 2017

Royce Weatherly will work on the final layers of several paintings at once, as each work nears completion in slow, almost invisible increments. The artist looks forward to discussing his work and his process during his time at Watermill.

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Carlos Bunga | October 2017

Carlos Bunga has been experimenting with the crossover between painting and sculpture for more than a decade. Creating large, site-specific installations Bunga’s work touches on issues relating to demographics, immigration, socio-economic disparity, and the fragility of contemporary city life.

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Basco Vazko | March 2016

During his residency, Vazko will create a site-specific exhibition of works. Mirroring his practice of collage-graffiti, the exhibition creates an assemblage by layering new and old artworks in his infamous pop-punk aesthetic. Given that contemporary culture is concerned primarily with minimalistic imaging and clean aesthetics, graffiti and collaging pre-existing images or facades is construed as an act of artistic-terrorism. Vazko boldly creates highly graphic imagery by using robust colors and abstract patterns, in order to challenge the idea of image as ownership, questioning if image belongs to the creator, or the consumer.

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G.T. Pellizzi | June 2016

CONSTELLATION IN RED, YELLOW AND BLUE is a monumental installation of light sculptures created for The Watermill Center by G.T. Pellizzi. The sculptures are derived from invented cosmologies inspired by the mythological, calendrical, and astronomical symbols found on many textiles in The Watermill Collection.

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Zeinab Shahidi Marnani | September 2016

histories is an experimental video documentary project by Zeinab Shahidi Marnani, in which she conducts a series of interviews with her relatives. She collects contrary narratives of those who claim to know the story about the origin of her last name “Martyr of Marnan”, which refers to an incident that happened in the late 19th century in Isfahan around the constitutional revolution of Iran.

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