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

Brazilian/American visual artist

Julia was born in Colorado and grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2010, Csekö moved to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue a 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. 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 shift of paradigm from a competitive to a collaborative mindset in social actions and interactions, inviting the viewer to be an active participant in a variety of proposed exercises. In a more intimate and self-referential body of work Csekö performs for the camera offering insight in her interior monologue exploring her experience as a Brazilian immigrant in North America and the existential shenanigans that ensue. Csekö is the recipient of a 2016 Walter Feldman Fellowship, awarded by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston and divides her time between being a practicing artist and an independent curator, having the pleasure of working at one of the largest Latin led organizations in greater Boston, Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (IBA Boston) between 2017 and 2018. In her role at VVCA 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. 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.