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Joseph Liatela, Untitled (salvation is a collective gesture/I know that we are all here at the same time) (2022). Granite floor tiles, 49 Star gazer Lillies, acrylic, water, necklace chain, soundtrack recordings from New York City dance floors, transducers, and time.. 192 x 108 x 216 in. Photo by Carry Whittier.

Joseph Liatela is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. Using performance, sculpture, and video, he makes work that examines issues of biopolitics, memorial, trans and queer subjectivities, embodiment, and collective movement. He possesses and MFA in Sculpture from Columbia University, and was selected to be an artist in residence for the Smack Mellon Studio Program for their 2022-2023 season.

About Smack Mellon

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.