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Public Art Fund Virtual Talks: "Global Positioning" Panel with Myriam Boulos, Nolan Oswald Dennis, and Denisse Ariana Pérez

Monday, January 31, 2022, 1:30 - 2:30pm

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Global Positioning tryptich

(Left to right) Myriam Boulos, Fantasies, 2021. Digital photograph. Courtesy the artist.
Nolan Oswald Dennis, Notes for a Planet (willfully), 2021. Digital print. Courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery.
Denisse Ariana Pérez, Bodies of Water (AGUA), 2021. Analogue photograph. Courtesy of Denisse Ariana Perez and Open Doors Gallery.
All works commissioned by Public Art Fund for Global Positioning, an exhibition on 320 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York City, Chicago, and Boston, on view from January 26, 2022—June 5, 2022.

On January 31, join artists Myriam Boulos (Beirut, Lebanon), Nolan Oswald Dennis (Johannesburg, South Africa), and Denisse Ariana Pérez (Barcelona, Spain) virtually for a conversation with Public Art Fund Artistic & Executive Director Nicholas Baume. The artists will discuss themes of subjectivity, consciousness, and imagination through the lens of their newly-commissioned works for "Global Positioning."

This past summer, Public Art Fund invited 20 artists from 17 countries across six continents to create new works that help us begin to understand our reshaped and ever-changing world. The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted how we interact with one another, emphasizing our shared vulnerability. Concurrently, it has revealed and sharpened many divisions that have been unequally distributed among demographic groups, communities, and regions. The conversation will explore these artists’ approaches as well as the role of public art and its ability to serve as a vital tool in our creative and spiritual reconnection.

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Public Art Fund Talks are presented in partnership with The Cooper Union

About the Artists

Myriam Boulos was born in 1992 in Lebanon. At the age of 16 she started to use her camera to question Beirut, its people, and her place among them. She graduated with a master’s degree in photography from Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in 2015. Boulos has taken part in both national and international collective exhibitions, including “Infinite identities” (Amsterdam), 3ème biennale des photographes du monde arabe (Paris), and “C’est Beyrouth” (Paris). Today she uses photography to explore, defy and resist society. In 2021 she was awarded the Grand Prix ISEM and she joined Magnum Photos.

Nolan Oswald Dennis is an interdisciplinary artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. Their practice explores the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization, questioning the politics of space (and time) through a system-specific, rather than site-specific approach. They hold a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and a Masters of Science in Art, Culture and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dennis is a research associate at the Visual Identities In Art and Design (VIAD) research centre at the University of Johannesburg.

Denisse Ariana Pérez is a Caribbean-born, Barcelona-based copywriter, published author and photographer. Focusing on people, nature, gender, culture, and words, and how they interact with one another, her work finds itself at the intersection of fantasy and reality, art and social commentary, particularly in regards to marginalized communities. Denisse's works have been featured in publications such as Dazed, It’s Nice That, i-D, The Guardian, British Journal of Photography, Atmos, Marie Claire, El Pais, Elephant Magazine, VICE, Paper Journal, Another Magazine, Boys by Girls, Gaze, Afropunk, Hunger, Ignant, Paulette, Sand Magazine, and Accent Magazine. Her first monograph Agua was published in March 2021.

About the Talks
Public Art Fund Talks, organized in collaboration with The Cooper Union, connect compelling contemporary artists to a broad public by establishing a dialogue about artistic practices and public art. The Talks series feature internationally renowned artists who offer insights into artmaking and its personal, social, and cultural contexts. The core values of creative expression and democratic access to culture and learning shared by both Public Art Fund and The Cooper Union are embodied in this ongoing collaboration. In the spirit of accessibility to the broadest and most diverse public, the Talks are offered free of charge.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.