Tatiana Vahan is an artist and community arts organizer living in Los Angeles. She creates projects that re-envision the social and economic constructs of the art industry in an effort to create greater financial or symbolic value for herself and others.

Vahan received her MA in Aesthetics and Politics from CalArts in 2014 and her BFA in Visual Art at New World School of the Arts in Miami. She has exhibited at 356 Mission Road, MDC Museum of Art + Design, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum (now called PAMM), and Monte Vista Projects among other spaces. She is the founder and organizer of bar-fund, an experimental public art project and artist-run initiative whose mission is to provide more financial opportunities for Los Angeles-based artists outside of the commercial gallery and private grant systems. Along with bar-fund, she is currently organizing the Los Angeles Artist Census, a socially engaged art research project that involves collecting basic financial data on LA-based artists to gain a better understanding of need versus resources available to artists in the city. 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in Miami, FL.
Lives in Los Angeles, CA.

 

EDUCATION
The Mountain School of Arts^
MA: California Institute of the Arts, Aesthetics and Politics
BFA: New World School of the Arts, Visual Art

 

PROJECTS
2017
bar-fund, an artist-run initiative dedicated to providing more financial opportunities for LA based artists. It is organized in the form of open discussions held at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA).The project has bartended at Armory Center for the Arts, Bob Baker Marionette Theater, Commonfield, Commonwealth and Council, Charlie James Gallery, Fahrenheit, FLAX Foundation, Ghebaly Gallery, Human Resources, Institute for Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Ibid, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), LAXART, Ltd, Main Museum, Other Places Art Fair, PANEL, Various Small Fires, 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA. (Ongoing)

An Ephemeral History of High Desert Test Sites, co curated with Andrea Zittel, Aram Moshayedi, and Sohrab Mohebbi, High Desert Test Sites 2017, Joshua Tree, CA.

2016
Full Body, an art installation that functioned as an exhibition featuring work by Alyse Emdur, Barbara T. Smith, Dan Bustillo, Jules Gimbrone, Julia Kouneski, Lygia Clark, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, CalArts REEF Residency, Los Angeles, CA.

The Mountain School of Arts: The First Ten Years, produced, edited, and published with Agnes Bolt and Piero Golia, The Mountain School of Arts^ and Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles, CA.

2015
Toggle, an internet browser plugin that functions as an international fellowship program and platform for research, communication, and projects. Created with neverhitsend. Inaugural fellows are: Anthony McCann, Cannibal Facts, Cassie McQuarter, Georgie and Min, Jennifer Moon, Leah Beeferman, Marii Nyrop, Micol Hebron, Vanessa Sioufi, Woofer Ten, and Zoya Sardashti. 221a and International Symposium for Electronic Arts, Vancouver B.C.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS

2019
What research already exists?Navel, Los Angeles, CA. (TBA: forthcoming)
L.A. Artists: What do we know about ourselves?Navel, Los Angeles, CA. (TBA: forthcoming)
ASSEMBLIES, Navel, Los Angeles, CA.

2018
Los Angeles Artist Census Presentation and Public Discussion, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles, CA.

2017
bar-fund and Community Fundraising Public Discussion II, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles, CA.
bar-fund and Community Funded Artist Grants Public Discussion I, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles, CA.

2015
The Promise of Something and Nothing, Sonce Alexander Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

2014
A Narrative of An Artist Exploring Capitalism, MDC Museum of Art + Design, Miami, FL.
Post Private, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA.

2013
neverhitsend, 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA.
Artist books exhibition, Ooga Booga #2, Los Angeles, CA.

2012
CashierGarage Pizza, Los Angeles, CA.
Vacation Rental Advisor, Vacation Rental Homes Made Easy, Los Angeles, CA.
Office and Studio Assistant, A-Z West, Joshua Tree, CA.
InternFrançois Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Phone OperatorDepartment of Social Services, Los Angeles, CA.
YardmanDepartment of Public Works Streets Services, Los Angeles, CA.
Parade Coordinator, West of Rome (Trespass Parade), Los Angeles, CA.
BarristaThe Coffee Pot, Los Angeles, CA.
Massage Therapist, Delano, Miami Beach, FL.

2011
Studio Sale ShowFountainhead Studios, Miami, FL.
Open ProcessMuseum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL.
Inside/OutsideLittle River Yacht Club, Miami, FL.
Mission Impossible, Little River Yacht Club, Miami, FL.
Home: Dream HomePraxis International Art, Miami, FL.

2010
Myself As a Storefront WindowBass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL.
Littlest SisterSpinello Gallery, Miami, FL.
The New FrontierChristopher Miro Gallery, Miami, FL.
New Work Miami, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL.
Home Videos (1986 -1991), American Airlines Arena Jumbotron, Miami, FL.
Home Videos (1986 -1991), Gansevoort Hotel, Miami Beach, FL.
Ponzi Schemes, The End/Spring Break, Miami ,FL.

2009
Art Basel 2010The Yard @ Casa Lin, Miami, FL.
Littlest SisterSpinello Gallery, Miami, FL.
Smash and GrabLocust Projects, Miami, FL.
AAEC ExhibitionFredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL.
Drawing and Painting Show, ArtSeen, Miami, FL.
How to Make a Gallery a HomeSpinello Gallery, Miami, FL.
BFA, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, FL.
Sentimental Garage Sale, my mom’s yard, Miami, FL.

2008
The Art of WomenRoxcy ONeal Bolton Women’s History Gallery, Miami, FL.
Marks and StrokesNew World Gallery, Miami, FL.

2007
ProgressionsNew World Gallery, Miami FL.

2006
NWSAEspiritos Santos Gallery, Miami, FL
Rising StarsNew World Gallery, Miami, FL

 

GRANTS/RESIDENCIES

2019
ASSEMBLIES nominated artist, Navel, Los Angeles, CA.
Artist in Residence, Art in the Park, Los Angeles, CA.

2016
Artist in Residence, CalArts REEF Residency, Los Angeles, CA.

2015
Media Artist Grant, British Columbia Arts Council, sponsored by 221a, Vancouver, B.C.
Curatorial Residency, 221a, Vancouver, BC.
Participant, International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA, Vancouver, B.C.

2014
Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.

2010-2011
Grant Nominee recipient, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL.

2009
Special Project Grant, Bass Museum of Art and Miami Beach Arts Trust, Miami Beach, FL.

2005
Frances Wolfson Endowed Visual Arts Scholarship, New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL.

2004-2009
Full Tuition Scholarship, New World School of the Arts and University of Florida, Miami, FL.

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Marissa Gluck. “Here’s Why You Should Tip the Bartender Next Time You’re at an Art Opening,” Los Angeles Magazine. 24 April 2018

Karen Archey. “Art & New Age: Who Cares?,” Frieze. 16 Feb 2017.

Braithwaite, Hunter. “Tatiana Vahan, A Narrative of an Artist Exploring Capitalism,” Miami Rail. Summer 2014.

Eler, Alicia. “Living in a Post-Private World,” Hyperallergic. 20 March 2014.

Parker, Allyson. “neverhitsend: A Conversation with LA Based Arts & Technology Collective,” ArtSlant. 8 February 2014.

Carlos Suarez De Jesus. “Ones to Watch: Eight Up-and-Coming Miami Artists,” Miami New Times. 24 March 2012.

Carlos Suarez De Jesus, “Miami’s MOCA celebrates its quinceanera,” Miami New Times. 17 March 2011

Denis Scholl, “Miami’s Emerging Artists: Who’s Next?,” Knight Foundation. 4 March 2011.

 

CONTACT

tatianavahan at gmail.com

IG: tateevee