OFFICIAL JUROR: Nia Burks
Nia Burks is an American artist working in the medium of video, sound, and movement. Her research investigates sincerity, belonging, and loneliness, as exhibited through the lens of pedestrian culture in user generated content websites, primarily YouTube. Through the creation of a sound/image relationship via editing, her work recontextualizes appropriated footage in an effort to call attention to spectacle, simulacra, and gaze. The aim is to use connection to investigate disconnection through the visual cues of performance identity as it relates to authenticity. Her movement work incorporates pole dance as both content and as object of cultural transmission. She recieved a BFA in Sculpture from from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MA in Digital Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA in Photo/Film from Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently lives on the East Coast with her dog/best friend, Grrr. She is represented by Art Claims Impulse Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Her exhibition record includes, but is not limited to New York, Miami, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Jakarta, and Jyväskylä.