The Hostos Digital Design and Animation Program is giving four Hostos students and two recent graduates a summer experience to remember in Governors Island—4heads, the annual artist residency, to create a multi-media art installation titled, “Shelter in Place,” set to open the public in late September.
The 2021 summer project was developed and will be supervised by Hostos Lecturer Andrew London who will work with current Hostos students, Lizbeth Estevez, Jesus Galvez, JJ Grindley, Alan Pierre-Louis, Amanda Quintanilla, Natasha Villegas and recent graduates Carlos Tomas and Taisiia Smekalenkova, the Salutatorian of the Hostos Class of 2021.
Over the course of seven workshops, the Hostos contingent will use interviews they conducted during the academic year with friends and family members about such issues as life during the pandemic, social justice, and how the past is remembered. These “voices” will be brought to life through an interactive mixture of animation, video, sound, and objects.
Assistant Professor Simona Prives, and the Digital Design and Animation Program Manager at Hostos, works actively with 4heads and brought the opportunity to London’s attention. “The goal is to have them create original work to further develop their skills to become directors and artists through the experience of a real residency,” remarked London.
“Shelter in Place” will be one of several exhibits comprising this year’s Portal: Governors Island, formerly known as the Governors Island Art Fair.
The annual event is produced by 4heads, the nonprofit organization that hosts the free large-scale art fairs and studio residency programs for under-represented artists and provides arts education programs for underserved youth.
The installation will be open for the public in mid-September.