Online, a work by artists Francheska Alcantara and Alicia Grullón, is an active meditation on connection and its challenges during a global pandemic. Shot in the Bronx where both artists are based, the piece looks at two subjects arriving at and sharing space through play. Attempting to fly a kite together, the piece becomes a reflection on infallibility as COVID 19 has moved us beyond what we knew as normal. It questions what is on the line for each of us to reach out, move, and build together.
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Alicia Grullón moves between performance, video, and photography. She directs her interdisciplinary approach towards critiques of the politics of presence, arguing for the inclusion of disenfranchised communities in political and social spheres. Grullón has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including The 8th Floor; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; BRIC House for Arts and Media; School of Visual Arts; El Museo del Barrio; Columbia University; Socrates Sculpture Park; Performa 11; and Old Stone House and Art in Odd Places. Grullón has participated in residencies at the Hemispheric Institute for Politics and Performance at New York University; the Center for Book Arts; the Bronx Museum of Arts; and the Shandanken Project on Governors island. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Hyperallergic, and ArtNet News. Grullón is a recipient of the Walentas fellowship at Moore College of Art and Design 2020-2022.
Francheska Alcantara is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from The Bronx who looks at domestic life and signifiers of Caribbean culture and the diaspora to explore slippages of identity, fragmentation, and longing. They graduated with a MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, and hold a BFA in Painting from Hunter College and a BA in Art History from Old Dominion University. Alcántara has exhibited and performed work at the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Queens Museum, La Mama Theater, Grace Exhibition Space, and BronxArtSpace. She is currently a recipient of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship in Tusla, Oklahoma.