Maya Ciarrocchi is a New York City based interdisciplinary artist whose work addresses identity, outsiderness and the body as a site of history. Her focus is on unseen and underrepresented populations including communities living in the coal fields of Appalachia, formerly ultra- Orthodox Jews, and Trans* and gender non-conforming people. She is influenced by her previous career as a dance artist not only formally and compositionally, but also in her focus on physicality as a form of expression that can convey meaning outside of language.
Her work has been exhibited in New York at: Abrons Arts Center, Anthology Film Archives, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts, and at Artisphere, (VA), Hammer Museum (CA), Borderlines Film Festival (UK), Moving Pictures Festival (CAN). Residencies include the Kala Art Institute, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swing Space, Sedona Summer Colony, and the Ucross Foundation. She received a Film/Video grant from the Jerome Foundation and project support from the Puffin Foundation. She was awarded a Jeff and a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work as a projections designer and has collaborated with choreographers and directors such as Wally Cardona, Ping Chong, David Cromer, Merce Cunningham, Kristin Marting, and Bebe Miller among many others. Ciarrocchi is a 2017 Artist in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum.
Her interdisciplinary project Gender/Power, which she co-directs with her collaborative partner Kris Grey, has been presented at Gibney Dance, the Invisible Dog Arts Center, and Smack Mellon. Gender/Power has received funding support from the MAP Fund and the Franklin Furnace Fund and has been awarded residencies from the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Process Space.
Ciarrocchi earned a MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and a BFA from SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY.
Master of Fine Art in Comupter Art - The School of Visual Arts
Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance - Purchase College
2018 Solo Exhibition, Site - Maya Ciarrocchi, Kinescope Gallery, New York, NY (forthcoming)
2017 A Remedy for a Constitutional Crisis, A Performed Reading of the US Constitution, durational performance, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
2017 Group Exhibition, AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx NY
2016 Gender/Power Composition IV, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Gender/Power Composition III, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY
2015 Gender/Power Composition II, The Agnes Varis Performance Lab at Gibney Dance, NY, NY
2015 SELECT 2015: Washington Project for the Art's 34th Annual Exhibition, Artisphere, Arlington, VA
2013 (e)merge Art Fair, Artist Platform, Washington DC
2013 Frei, Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
2013 Overburden, Quiet Disruptions, Videos by Amanda Belantara, Maya Ciarrocchi, Angela Ferraiolo, and Charmaine Ortiz. Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013 Archipelago, Works by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Artists-in-Residence on Governors Island. Westbeth Gallery, NY, NY
2012 Beyond the Parking Lot: The Change and Re-assessment of Our Modern Landscape, Artisphere, Arlington, VA
2012 I’m Nobody! Who Are You? New York Live Arts, New York, NY
2012 Moving Portraits - Bebe Miller Company (comission), Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH. National touring.
Video Art/Installation, Performance, Social Practice, Identity Politics, Environmental Studies
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