I had just begun graduate school in Richmond, Virginia when September 11th, 2001 occurred. This happened just as I had immersed myself in abstract painting and gained a newfound involvement in the politics of a local queer organization called The Richmond Queer Space Project. Unbeknownst to me at the time, the amalgam of these intertwined events and experiences would form the foundation of my current work in New York City. In fact, the biggest influence on my art post-9/11 has been the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. My work is a direct reflection of the tension resulting from a prolonged war in Iraq, coupled with the recent possibility of invading Iran, and the building tension between Muslim and non-Muslim communities worldwide. More specifically,
the focus of my most recent
work has been on the role that
international women revolutionaries and female paramilitaries play within the global, socio-political economy of violence. Although my
emphasis has been
on Muslim women engaged in the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict, I have also examined the impact of war and conflict on women and children in
Chechnya, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and the Sudan.
Artist Bio / CV
68 JAY STREET, #910, BROOKLYN, NY 11201KALIKAGO@GMAIL.COM917-270-8094 Born in Pennsylvania, 1974Currently resides in Brooklyn, NY EXHIBITION HISTORY 2008 “Media X, Daily Planet And The Gorilla In The Room:An Exhibition About The Media”, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA 2008 “Works on Paper by Kalika Gorski” Saipua, Brooklyn, NY 2007-present Kentler International Drawing Space Flat Files, Brooklyn, NY 2007 “Mother, May I”, Campbell Soady Galley, The LGBT Center, NYC 2005 “Fifteen Paces”, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY 2004-present Pierogi Gallery, Traveling Flat Files, Brooklyn, NY 2003 “Frilly Bits”, Main Art Gallery, Richmond, VA 2002 “Rising Visions”, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA 2002 “Nine”, Orange Door Gallery”, Richmond, VA 2002 “Compression and Compression and Compression and then Expansion”, Queer Paradise, Richmond, VA (co-curated)
RESIDENCES 2006 Vermont Studio Center, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Johnson, VT 2000 Women’s Art Colony Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY
EDUCATION 2002-04 Studio Manager to Julie Mehretu, 2005 MacArthur Fellow, New York, NY 2001-02 Virginia Commonwealth University MFA Program, Full Fellowship, Richmond, VA 1998-00 BFA w/ High Distinction, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland and San Francisco, CA 1992-94 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.