Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen
A San Francisco-born curator, consultant, and project-based artist, I have about 20 years of in-depth experience in the performing and visual arts. Inspired by “productive discomfort” and a multiplicity of identities, my curatorial focus is on projects that push boundaries of scale, scope, medium, venue, and dialogue, and my cross-discipline personal work engages symbols, identity, communication, and the unseen. My projects have appeared in KQED, SF Chronicle, at YBCA, USF, JCCSF, Open Engagement, and many others. I sit on the board of SOMArts Cultural Center and on advisory committees for Root Division, Pro Arts, and Sites Unseen and am Founder/Director of A Simple Collective + Black & White Projects.
Curator Statement (as of right now)
I come from a perspective of “productive discomfort” and a multiplicity of identities that have placed me in interstitial spaces and offered intersectional perspectives. My practice as a curator includes a deep questioning of Imperialist formats through experiments in exhibition form and documentation—incorporating altars, ritual, movable substrates, and an unrestricted integration of artistic disciplines and practices.
Just as the role of an institutional curator is to preserve and communicate a movement, artist, or idea within the context of history, my role as an independent curator is to push forward and communicate a movement, artist, or idea within the context of right now.
I am inspired when I can tie a thread from artist to artist to audience, to communicate an idea, while offering an opportunity to showcase under-recognized and under-exhibited mediums and artists who are pushing formal and contextual boundaries: artists pushing scope, scale, medium, and venue; artists creating content-driven work, strong or surprising imagery and social or political subject matter; project-based works emphasizing deep research; artworks that manifest across multiple platforms, and projects that are ephemeral or intangible; projects affording alternative means of distribution through creative publishing and subversive models; and projects that reflect, interact with, or create community.
I want to encourage audiences to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable, to see the world around them clearly and differently, to navigate space and interact with works more intentionally, and to reflect on those things that both divide us and make us all the same.
Extended Bio (if you really want more)
Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen is a curator, consultant, and project-based artist from San Francisco. With 15+ years in the performing and visual arts, Rhiannon is deeply influenced by her own, and her communities’, intersectional identities and by her pursuit of “productive discomfort”. Her curatorial focus is on projects that push boundaries of scale, scope, medium, venue, and dialogue; and her cross-discipline personal work engages symbols, identity, communication, and the unseen. In 2013 she founded A Simple Collective: an organization dedicated to fostering creative independence for professionals, and professional independence for creatives, and Black & White Projects (formerly called ASC Projects): an experimental project space in the Mission.
Rhiannon has curated exhibitions in New York and the Bay Area, including Bodies on the Line at Berkeley Art Center; Great Worry, or Great Freedom at Headlands Center for the Arts; Hiraeth: 3.9 Collective Searches for Home at the Thacher Gallery at USF; 2×2 Solos: Leah Rosenberg at Pro Arts in Oakland; Bay Area Digitalists at Root Division in San Francisco; and Issued ID: Minority as Brand, which received an Alternative Exposure grant. Her shows and words have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, SF Weekly, KQED, The New Asterisk Magazine, SFArts, and Art Practical, among other publications.
Deeply involved with community-building through the arts, she serves on the Board of SOMArts Cultural Center, the Advisory Board for the Women’s Environmental Artist Directory, the Curatorial Committee for Root Division, and the Advisory Committee for Sites Unseen. In September 2015, she launched the inaugural RE[FRAME] Arts Industry Conference at the Museum of the African Diaspora. In addition to her curatorial work, she is Co-Director of Emerging Arts Professionals, founding member of Pacific Felt Factory arts complex, and a member of 3.9 Art Collective.
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