Born in 1991, Ali Asgar is a Bangladeshi artist whose work focuses primarily on the body and the relationship between body and space. Ali’s early work and activism were around the area of gender, sexuality and social norms which often reflects upon their personal struggle and experience of growing up in conservative Bangladeshi patriarchal society and its attitude toward members of the LGBTQI community. The controversial and politically charged nature of Ali Asgar’s work—exploring gender and eroticism—exposed them to significant risk in their home city of Dhaka, where Asgar staged provocative street performances and gallery exhibitions intentionally designed to challenge the conservative sexual mores of the culture.
Asgar has a BFA in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Dhaka and has participated in major group exhibitions including the 2014 and 2016 Dhaka Art Summits, the 2016 Kolkata International Performance Festival, the 2014 Dhaka Social Art Festival and the Asian Art Biennial. For last one year Asgar toured around the USA with their work and performed several spaces in Boston, Chicago, NY and Maine. Ali’s most recent ongoing work is a solo performance-project entitled “No One Home,” a work constructed around the concepts of human interactivity, displacement, trauma and queer Identity.
Susan Bryand teaches Visual Art at Bangor High School. She focuses on making connections among ideas, media, and people. She has a passion for bringing awareness to everyday life through engagement in the art-making process, collaboration, and interaction with hand-made objects.
Rachel Church is an artist and printmaker currently living in Portland, Maine. She holds a B.A. in Art from the University of Southern Maine, with a concentration in Printmaking and Entrepreneurial Studies, and is currently working to complete a Bachelors of Fine Arts. In 2008, she spent time as an intern at the Engine House Press, on the island of Vinalhaven, Maine. After graduation, she spent a year printing with the Peregrine Press in Portland, thanks to the Kate Mahoney Memorial Scholarship. She currently creates at Running with Scissors Studios in Portland, Maine, and at the University of Southern Maine.
Josh Couturier did his undergrad in the New Media program, and now is currently in the IMFA program. Josh has a lengthy audio and video background. His previous works of the last 10 years have been mixed between solo works and collaborative audio and video pieces. Come in and chat with Josh if you have any Tech needs for IMRC spaces 104, 105, 108, 109,110, his lab hours are Mondays 11am-3pm, and Fridays 11am-4pm.
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