As a graduate student in the early 1990s—a time when the Internet and other technologies were becoming ubiquitous—Anthony Aziz decided that he “had a responsibility as an artist to make sense of what has become known as a huge paradigm shift.” Since then, Aziz, in collaboration with his artistic collaborator Sammy Cucher, has used photography, video, and digital imaging to “address the impact of technology on our lives, our bodies, and our imaginations.” Their work has been exhibited at prestigious museums and festivals around the world including the Venice Biennale in Italy, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the List Visual Art Center at MIT in Cambridge, MA.
As Director of the BFA Fine Arts program and faculty member in the School of Art, Media, and Technology, Aziz urges his students to question what art means today. “People have acquired a greater appreciation of and interest in visual culture, which gives it greater value. Being in a community such as the one at Parsons allows students to make sense of the essential characteristics of art. It allows them to become leaders and to push the definition of art beyond its current borders.” Aziz credits the Parsons faculty with the ability to both nurture and challenge students, allowing them to flourish as artists, often in unexpected ways.