theABSENTmuseum

the ABSENT museum was initiated by Polish born, LA based artist Gosia Wojas. Wojas has organized film screenings, exhibitions and performances at MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (2019), Łaznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland (2018), California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (2019/2018), Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA (2016), Souterrain gallery, at the Hoffmann Collection in Berlin, Germany (2012), Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA (2008), as well as Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA where she served as a director from 2006-2009.

Contact

gosiawojas (at) gmail (dot) com

Collaborators

 

Silvi Naçi (b.1987, Albania) is an art worker and educator working between Albania and Los Angeles. They work with performance, video, sculpture, photography, text, and installation. Their interest lies in the subtle and violent ways decolonization and migration affects and reshapes a people, language, gender identity as well as social and cultural dynamics. Naçi holds a dual BFA in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from Suffolk University (2011), and an MFA in Photography + Media from California Institute of the Arts (2019).
 
Naçi co-founded Radical Sense, a feminist reading group in Tirana, Albania, with Leah Whitman-Salkin and Doruntina Vinca. The group has taken form as performance in the Romania Bienniel (2019), presented at Montez Pres Radio, NY (2020), and is in the process of publishing two volumes of feminist translated texts into Albanian for the very first time. They work closely with a group of volunteers translating and making texts available to communities in Albania who do not speak English nor have access to feminist texts. The group meets weekly at 28 November, a bookshop and gathering space for readings and organizing. With Arts in a Changing America, they created opportunities for artists and community leaders, bringing unheard leadership voices to the forefront of social discourse, arts production, and community change. Naçi teaches at the Photo Conservatory at NYFA, Burbank, sometimes writes for East of Borneo, and other independent publications.

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