Meet the Fall 2019 Kickstarter Creators-in-Residence

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The Future is Bright by Katya Grokhovsky, 2019, sofa, toys, fabrics, found objects, acrylic, wall paint, video, BRIC House, NYC, photo: Walter Wlodarczyk
The Future is Bright by Katya Grokhovsky, 2019, sofa, toys, fabrics, found objects, acrylic, wall paint, video, BRIC House, NYC, photo: Walter Wlodarczyk

For three years running, we’ve invited creators to join us at Kickstarter HQ to start something new. Earlier this year, we announced an open call for the fifth edition of our Creators-in-Residence program. We received hundreds of applications from amazing, independent creative people, and today we’re thrilled to announce five incoming Creators-in-Residence at our HQ and four creators who will be participating in our first-ever digital residency program for the fall 2019 season.

Previous Creators-in-Residence have used our in-house theater for screenings, recorded new episodes in our podcast studio, and hosted events and gatherings in our library. Many have gone on to accomplish exciting things in their fields:

  • Director Dafina Robert’s web series, Giving Me Life (in the Land of the Deadass), launched during the residency and is now distributed through Xfinity, UrbanOne, Gravitas Ventures and RevryTV. 
  • Filmmakers Dan Schoenbrun and Vanessa McDonnell’s cult variety TV show, The Eyeslicer, was funded and partially shot at Kickstarter’s HQ, and will soon debut as part of the Radical Film Fair. 
  • Artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy’s film Public Key / Private Key is now in the Whitney Museum's Special Collection.

This season, we’re also running a pilot program to provide guidance to creators beyond NYC in collaboration with On the Boards. OtB is a non-profit that produces and presents innovative contemporary dance, theater, and music. On the Boards and Jessica Massart, Kickstarter’s Senior Performance Lead, will mentor performance makers in the Seattle area as part of our new digital residency program over the course of three months as they plan, launch, and fulfill Kickstarter campaigns.

Learn more about the incoming residents below, and stay tuned for their projects.

Join us in welcoming five creators into our Brooklyn HQ for the next three months

Adele Pham 

Adele Free Pham is an activist and filmmaker, with experience in all aspects of documentary production. Her feature documentary, Nailed It, which tells the genesis and culture of the Vietnamese nail industry, premiered on PBS in May 2019–and is the highest streamed film of the America Reframed series. While in residence at Kickstarter, she’ll be working on a campaign for her next feature, State of Oregon, which investigates the murder of Larnell Bruce Jr. by a white supremacist in 2016 as a touchstone to Oregon’s founding as a white homeland state.

José Rivera Jr. 

José Rivera Jr. creates glam musical paintings using powerhouse vocals, athletic dance, and video art. Building for stage and screen, José orients toward a Queer Future by queering narratives of love, power, and vulnerability. José has made work for YouTube, Radio City Music Hall, La MaMa ETC., NYU Tisch, The Flea Theater, and Fordham University. During the Kickstarter residency, José will plan and launch a campaign for LQQK, The Way I Look, a visual EP featuring four original songs and choreographies.

Katya Grokhovsky 

Katya Grokhovsky is an artist, curator, and educator. Katya has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships, and has been awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship, ArtSlant 2017 Prize, Asylum Arts Grant, Chashama space to create grant, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and others. While in residence at Kickstarter, Katya will plan and launch a campaign for The Immigrant Artist Biennial, a platform for a large scale multi-disciplinary exhibition and a series of public events of critically engaged contemporary art made by immigrant artists.

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff 

Rachel Kauder Nalebuff is a writer exploring community. She is the editor of My Little Red Book (Twelve Books, 2009) and co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project (Feminist Press, 2015). She directs 3 Hole Press, a small press for performance works in printed formats. As a Creator-in-Residence, Rachel and her collaborators will work on a campaign to turn 3 Hole Press into a long-term, sustainable endeavor.

René Kladzyk 

René Kladzyk is a musician, writer, perfumer, and cultural geographer who performs under the moniker Ziemba. Drawing from a background studying feminist geography and the U.S./Mexico borderlands (René is a native of El Paso, TX), her work frequently interrogates identity, culture, and ethical issues in the performing arts. Her most recent full length album, ARDIS, functions as a series of portals into a fragrant sci-fi adventure and parallel world. René also co-leads Xoir, an experimental vocal collective, along with Berlin-based artist/musician Colin Self. While in residence at Kickstarter, René will work on a new project addressing the gender imbalance in the music industry.

As well as four Creators-in-Residence joining us digitally, in collaboration with On the Boards

Dakota Alcantara-Camacho 

Dakota Camacho dedicates yo’-ña creative practice to the re-k/newal of ancestral knowing and the expression of Matao creativity. MALI'E, Camacho’s current work, is a performance research project re-k/newing the traditional Matao practice of embodied, improvisatory, collective, singing where oral history and prophecy converge.

Fox Whitney 

Fox Whitney is an interdisciplinary performance maker and artist working at the intersection of dance, film, theater and visual art. Fox is the choreographer/architect of Gender Tender, an interdisciplinary performance project that centers his transgender, point of view. While in residence, Fox will plan and launch a campaign to expand Melted Riot, a queer meditation inspired by the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

Imana Gunawan 

Imana Gunawan is a storyteller, multimedia journalist, dance artist, and creative director. She leads breaking news coverage of Indo-Asia-Pacific for Dataminr. As an artist, Imana creates scenic, surreal dance-based worlds that center the stories of marginalized peoples, their ancestry, and their futures. During the Kickstarter residency, Imana will be developing on an editorial lookbook and digital album featuring original songs by local QTPOC musicians.

Naomi Macalalad Bragin 

Naomi Macalalad Bragin is a dancer, performance scholar and community artist-activist. Naomi will run a campaign for Little Brown Language, a dance-incantation using aural kinetic rhythms of shared voice to remix historical texts of Spanish colonization and Catholic conversion, in their collaborators' linked motherlands of the Philippines and Venezuela. Naomi, Milvia Salvatierra Pacheco and Angel Alviar Langley perform these collective acts of cultural translation/reclamation to activate psychic ancestral patterns of memory, recovering their relationships to land, language and each other.

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