A view of several white sculptures reminiscent of conch shells suspended from the ceiling at various heights over a flamingo pink floor

Sasha Wortzel, Dreams of Unknown Islands (2021). Sculpture and Seven-Channel Sound Installation. 9.5 x 18 x 9.5 in. 8 min. Photo by Pedro Wazzan.

Sasha Wortzel is a Brooklyn-based visual artist and filmmaker, working frequently in South Florida. Blending the archival and the imaginary, Wortzel’s practice across video, installation, sculpture, sound, and performance traces the ways the past haunts and inextricably shapes contemporary American life.

Wortzel’s films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art’s DocFortnight, True/False Film Festival, DOC NYC, BAMcinemaFest, Blackstar, New Orleans Film Festival, Wexner Center for the Arts, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Berlinale, among others. Their work has been exhibited at the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Kitchen, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign; and SALTS, Birsfelden. Wortzel has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Ford Foundation, Field of Vision, Doc Society, Chicken and Egg Pictures, Art Matters, and a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship. Wortzel has participated in residencies including Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, Abrons Arts Center, Watermill Center, New York; AIRIE (Artists in Residence in the Everglades) and Oolite Arts; Miami Beach. Wortzel’s film This is an Address (2020) is distributed by Field of Vision. Happy Birthday Marsha! (2018; co-director Tourmaline) won special mention at Outfest and is distributed by Frameline. Wortzel&;#039;s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum of Harlem, Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, and Miami-Dade County&;#039;s Art in Public Places collection. Wortzel has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, and New York Magazine.

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.