Blanka Amezkua


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Projects

AAA3A :  Initiator, artist run space, which holds gregarious living room occurrences, face to face exchanges, food, dialogue, workshops and residencies and art inside an apartment in Mott Haven, South Bronx.  October 2016 - present.
Fo Kia Nou 24/7 :  Initiator of alternative art space in the center of Athens, Greece.  From April 2014 – June 2016.  Ongoing.
8 to 8: State of Creative Emergency :  Invitation for artists to create a project and execute it public space, encouraging public participation for 12 straight hours.  Ongoing.
3///3...three walls on wednesdays... :  Originator; mobile, collaborative art project in Athens; launched in September 2010.
Rompe Puesto :  One day event, piñatas created by 24 artists at Bronx River Art Center co-curated with artist Ronny Quevedo, January 2010.
Bronx Blue Bedroom Project :  Originator; alternative art space inside my bedroom.  2008 - 2010.  Bronx, NY.

Solo

2018 - upcoming
In Movement and Transition curated by by Kristen Evangelista at William Paterson University; Wayne, NJ
2017
In your absence you exist / En tu ausencia existes curated by Christine Licata at Casita Maria; Bronx, NY
2016
Pipe cleaners and works on paper : AAA3A; Bronx, NY
blank(A)expressions : 20 year retrospective + 20 local businesses + 20 creative collaborators in Athens, Greece
2014
Figuras del alma at Art Zone 42 in Athens, Greece
2012
Delicious Obsessions at Rooster, Athens, Greece
fLiP fLoPs & hEeLs! at Art Base; Brussels, Belgium
2010
Dialects v. 3: Interminable Recurrence in My Mind at Bronx River Art Center, NY

Group

2017
Boleros ;  Longwood Art Gallery, curated by Juanita Lanzo, Bronx, NY; September 20 - December 6, 2017
This is not normal;  Fo Kia Nou 24/7, curated by Mary Cox, Athens, Greece; January 10 - February 4, 2017
2016
The Border Crossed Me ;  Bronx Art Space, curated by Esperanza Cortes, South Bronx, NY; October 2016
Comics at Blackburn 20/20;  A Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, New York, NY; November – December 2016
2015
Women's Work: Masculinity and Gender in Contemporary Fiber Art; curated by Ginger Shulick Porcella; at San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
CUT N' MIX: Contemporary Collage; curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado; at El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
2014
Δες at BOOZE Cooperativa, Athens, Greece
2013
A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art at Salina Art Center of Salina, Kansas
superHUMAN; curated by Jorge Rojas and David Hawkins; at Aljira A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
2012
More Female than Ever at Follow Your Art; Kythira, Greece
2011
THE PET CITY EXHIBITION at Melanithros; Athens, Greece
sExplosion: Penis & Vagina Relationships in the Contemporary Visual Arts at Booze Cooperativa; Athens, Greece
3///3 ...three walls on wednesdays... collaborates with Against All Odds Project (AAO), Athens, Greece
2010
The Book : A Contemporary View at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA), Wilmington, USA
Alternative Histories at Exit Art, NY
Greater New York, 5 Year Review at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; Long Island City, NY
2009
A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art at Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, NJ
There Goes My Hero at The Center for Book Arts, NY
2008
AIM 28: How soon is Now? at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 007 at El Museo del Barrio, NY
2006
Queens International '06: Everything All at Once at Queens Museum, NY

Awards

2017 Cultural Immigrant Initiative Workshop grant through BRAC in Soundview, NY
2017 Su-Casa through Bronx River Arts Center working at JASA, Throgs Neck, NY
2017 Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund 2017 : (AAA3A)
2009 Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund 2009 : (Bronx Blue Bedroom Project)
2008 The Bronx Museum of the Arts: AIM 28 (Artist in the Marketplace)
2008 Bronx Council On The Arts: BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own)

Residencies

2013 artAmari : Amari, Crete; May 1 - 20, 2013

Bibliography

2015 Heartney, Eleanor,  "Pow! Sok! She's back!", ART NEWS
2014 Georgiou, Alkisti,  "Figuras del Alma", LIFO
2013  Davson, Victor,  "SuperHUMAN", The International Review of African American Art (IRAAA)
2012  Pavlaki, Despina,  "Tearing Down the Walls", Athens News
2012  Amezkua, Blanka,  "State of Creative Emergency", HuffPost Arts
2011 Stergiou, Lina, (ed.). "Athens Here and Now - Blanka Amezkua: 3///3 ...three walls on wednesdays...", Against All Odds Project (AAO) - Ethics/Aesthetics
2008   Carlin, T.J. "Arty Party - Bronx Blue Bedroom Project", TimeOut New York
2008   Smith, Roberta. "Emerging Artists" & "Artists Leap Into the Moment"", The New York Times

Talks

2010
"A Complex Weave, Women and Identity in Contemporary Art Symposium" : Keynote speaker Eleanor Heartney.  Artist presentation.  Towson, MD

Books and Catalogues

"Alternative Histories",  Exit Art, NY 2012
"sExplosion: Penis & Vagina Relationships in the Contemporary Arts",  Booze Cooperativa, Athens 2011
"Taking AIM! : The Business of Being an Artist Today",  NY 2011
"Against All Odds Project: Ethics/Aesthetics",  Athens 2011
"The Book: a contemporary view, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts",  2011
"There Goes My Hero", The Center for Book Arts, NY 2009
"L'altra Penelope: Antologia di Scrittrici di Lingua Spagnola", a cura di Brigidina Gentile, 2009
"A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art", 2008
"AIM 28", Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY 2008
"The S-Files", El Museo del Barrio, NY 2007
"Queens International", Queens Museum of Art, NY 2006
"Tactics and Strategies", Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco 2006

Education

1993 California State University Fresno: Bachelor of Fine Arts