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Montserrat Gallery

June 15, 2020 - June 19, 2020

Various Locations

Reception N/A

HERE is a series of performances projected across numerous digital platforms. It is an investigation, reaction, and dialogue about Art on the Screen.

HERE explores the trivium of subject, camera, and observer. It concerns itself with time, in that the works are temporal and permanent; performance and document. It ponders the voyeuristic paradigm many are navigating in the age of COVID-19 where we are physically separated yet invited into each other’s homes.  Moments happen and are held in no place places. They are here, anywhere, everywhere, and nowhere.



Monday, June 15

Jimena Bermejo

Tuesday, June 16

Mandy Cano Villalobos
Sanities and Solitudes: Blow (Birthday)

Wednesday, June 17

Morehshin Allahyari
She Who Sees the Unknown (Aisha Qandisha)

Thursday, June 18

Kirk Amaral Snow

Friday, June 19

Jovan Brock

Jylik Buissereth
Survey and Herd



Jimena Bermejo

Jimena Bermejo is a dancer, choreographer, performance artist, and dance educator. She holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Studio for Interrelated Media and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. Bermejo is the Director of the Dance Program at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and is currently faculty at Berklee College of Music, and The Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

After twenty years as a performer on stage in theaters striving for perfection, Bermejo is now interested in imperfection and in breaking the separation between audience and performer. Her technique includes movement, text, and performance actions to interact with the audience and bring them closer and into the work. Experimenting with closeness and live feed video, she uses her own experiences, good and bad, from her personal history which include issues of race, trauma, growing up in Mexico in a family of artists, as a mother, as a cat owner, all to draw emotional content in her work and frame the performance space as a place where both the viewer and artist can feel safe to share it.

Mandy Cano Villalobos

Mandy Cano Villalobos is an interdisciplinary artist whose projects span installation, painting, drawing, performance, sculpture and video. She received her MFA from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. and currently resides in Grand Rapids, MI. Cano Villalobos has exhibited and performed both nationally and internationally.

Her work is informed by her life experiences and focuses on the intersection of chronological progression, personal memory, and the atemporality of ritual. Cano Villalobos works in a variety of genres seeking to utilize diverse approaches in order to situate her personal history and practice within a larger, human history. Her projects are a materialization of time, a record of her process and life.

Morehshin Allahyari

Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, writer, and educator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions society faces every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective lives and struggles in the 21st century. Allahyari is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke.

Allahyari has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world. She is the recipient of the leading global thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Her 3D Additivist Manifesto video is in the collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and recently she has been awarded major commissions by Rhizome, New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Liverpool Biennale, and FACT to work on developing different components of her current project She Who Sees The Unknown.

Kirk Amaral Snow

Kirk Amaral Snow is a Baltimore-based intermedia artist. He holds BA’s in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Rhode Island and an MFA from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

His practice investigates the relationship between the built world and performative aspects of culture. Shaped by the DIY Punk scene as much as visual art, his work finds a middle ground between the minimalism of early Wire, the poetic cultural critique of DC’s Revolution Summer bands, and the post-minimal and conceptual art practices of the 60’s and 70’s.

Influenced by the idea of “vernacular building”, Amaral Snow finds a similar poetics to what Rolling Stone’s Paul Nelson saw in the Ramones when he described them as “authentic American primitives”. In designing sculptural objects and performances, this idea becomes the lifting off point to explore the shifting, slippery, and conflicted US national identity through construction-grade building materials placed in simple, yet poetic relationships. The materials enact gestures where the temporary is made permanent, the disposable is made monumental, and the transient becomes fixed.

Jovan Brock

Brock is a Military Veteran and current student at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He has attended rallies throughout Colorado to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed and others who have died at the hands of police.

Jylik Donell Buissereth

Jylik Donell Buissereth, born and raised in New York City, has pursued art since childhood. Attending the High School of Art and Design allowed him to explore graphic design as an artistic passion, but he did not begin to fully flourish as an artist until declaring sculpture as his major in college. He has exhibited in several shows across campus, namely the I/Object Show as well as The Thing Is, both held in Montserrat’s 301 Gallery. Buissereth received his BFA at Montserrat College of Art in 2020.

With the clash of bright toxic colors and stimulating designs, born from his love of graffiti and street art, Buissereth channels all the contemporary culture and influence he absorbs into artistic expressions of the mind. A large part of what drives his practice is the pursuit of the overlooked. He seeks out the beauty in things that have been abandoned and left behind. His material choice is based around what he considers to be pillars of our society metal, stone, and glass. Buissereth finds excitement in taking a table, a man-made structure or object built from these materials, found in the trash and bringing new function to it as an automatic expression.