Julia Csekö
Image: Pauca Paucis - performance during MASS MoCA residency 2018

Brazilian/American Visual Artist

Csekö was born in Colorado and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2010, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue an MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University. Graduating in 2013, she mounted her thesis exhibition at Laconia Gallery in Boston, MA. In 2018 Csekö was invited to the Assets for Artists MassMoCA residency program where she further investigated her multi-disciplinary practice as a sculptor, painter and performer. Her most recent work gravitates around social experiments grounded on a paradigm shift from competitive to collaborative mindset in social actions and interactions. Csekö invites the viewer to be an active participant in a variety of proposed exercises. Her work ranges from exploring her experience as a Brazilian immigrant in North America and the existential shenanigans that ensue, in intimate and self-referential internal monologues performed for the camera to public murals. Csekö is the recipient of a 2016 Walter Feldman Fellowship, awarded by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston. She divides her time between being a practicing artist and an Art Administrator. Csekö has worked in several local cultural institutions and non-profits in roles related to outreach, education and curatorial activities.  At Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (IBA Boston) she implemented an exhibitions program at La Galleria, showcasing contemporary art by artists of Latin American origin/heritage, including artists working within Latin American subjects and aesthetics, VVCA is currently closed due to structural renovations. Currently, she serves as the Outreach Coordinator at Artisan’s Asylum, a 40,000ft Maker Space where hundreds of makers and artists work on the intersection of art and technology. Her trajectory as a curator and organizer focuses on diversity, inclusion, community building, artistic innovation, political engagement, social justice, experimentation, and risk-taking. Csekö has participated and organized numerous group exhibitions at national and international venues as well as in unconventional spaces such as houses under construction and a ferryboat. Her work is featured in collections including the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and Centro Cultural São Paulo, Brazil, as well as private collections in the United States and Brazil.