PROJECT THIRD 2019 Invited Artist: Shaun Leonardo
Shaun Leonardo’s multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice, anchored by his work in Assembly – a diversion program for court-court-involved youth, is participatory in nature and invested in a process of embodiment, promoting the political potential of attention and discomfort as a means to disrupt meaning and shift perspective.
For his PROJECT THIRD residency, Leonardo will partner with students to conduct a Social Practice laboratory, offering an investigation into forms of creative public engagement. Viewable from the window-front of the Dekalb Gallery on campus, a series of student-driven projects will explore the interpersonal potential of this ever-broadening and messy practice, in various social spaces including the community center, prison, classroom, and living room, while instigating the public vs. private nature of this work.
Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, is a recipient of support from Creative Capital and Guggenheim Social Practice and was recently profiled in the New York Times. His work has been presented in galleries and institutions, nationally and internationally, and featured at The Guggenheim Museum, the High Line, Recess, and VOLTA NY. Leonardo joined Pratt Institute as the School of Art, Visiting Fellow, in fall 2018 and will remain on campus as the 2019 PROJECT THIRD artist in residence.