Stanya Kahn


Stanya Kahn is an interdisciplinary media artist. Working primarily in video, with a practice that includes performance, writing, and photography, my work inhabits a space between fiction and document, and stems from an extensive background in live performance. Integrating improvisation with tightly scripted texts and scores, the work addresses issues such as agency, power, and the uses and failings of language. My kinetic relationship to the performative and to humor inform a hybrid media practice infused with pop vernacular, documentary tropes and experimental film/video praxis. With extensive training in theater, performance, and dance, my practice and my approach to pedagogy stem from core relationships with the body. An MFA in writing and 10 years of video production experience have deepened the interdisciplinary nature of the way I work, think, and teach. Currently I am preparing for a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Artizona State University. I recently worked in a collaborative team with artist Harry Dodge and my work has shown in numerous venues nationally and internationally including The Whitney Biennial (08); The California Biennial (10) at the Orange County Museum of Art; MoMA/NY; MOCA/LA; The Getty Center/LA, the Hammer Museum/LA; the Sundance Film Festival; the Center for Art and Media/Karlsrühe; PS1 Museum of Contemporary Art/NY; Contemporary Center for Art/Vilnius, Lithuania; MIT, Cambridge; ICA, Philadelphia; Kunstalle, Bonn, GDR; The Brooklyn Museum, NY; The Hayward Gallery, London; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles and Elizabeth Dee Gallery/NY, among many others.

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