Alex Strada (she/hers) and Tali Keren (she/hers) are New York-based artists and educators who have been working together since 2016. Their collaborative work has been shown at the Queens Museum, NY; Anthology Film Archives, NY; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; Goethe-Institut, NY; MuseumsQuartier, Vienna; Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania; and on the screens of Times Square with Midnight Moment. Their projects have been featured in The New York Times, New Yorker, Vice, Montez Press Radio, New York Magazine, and on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer’s Show. They both received an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University.
Strada and Keren are transnational collaborators whose socially-engaged process foregrounds experimental pedagogy, transdisciplinary dialogue, and collectivity. Through poetic interventions in cultural sites and legislative documents, they question the construction of hegemonic narratives and open spaces for political imagination and re-telling. Their projects are often iterative and take the form of film/video, performance, multi-media installation, and participatory workshops.
Juror Susanna Temkin noted “Centering collaboration and collective memory, the research driven practice of Strada & Keren facilitates public dialogue about the challenges and potentials embedded in civic history and social structures, presented with aesthetic and equitable rigor.”
“In their multifaceted practice, Alex Strada and Tali Keren create platforms for engagement with the founding principles of democratic society. Their research-based, participatory installations serve as forums for the diverse voices of their publics, who come together to critique contemporary systems of injustice and imagine more equitable futures,” stated Juror Nat Trotman.