|Daniel Bejar||selected projects||statement / bio||current||cv||contact|
Informed by questions of memory, identity, and the histories found in the present-day, my
practice looks to create ruptures within established narratives.
Utilizing performance, intervention, photography, and sculpture, my work employs
appropriation towards historical and cultural residue as a strategy to provoke historical
amnesia and subvert the established narratives of power operating within the present.
I believe the past can influence the future, and by employing modes of evocation to
bring the past into the present, a rupture can be created, which provides an opportunity to
explore unresolved histories, pose critical questions, and affect social change.
Connecting the past to the present within social and political contexts, projects like
“Get Lost! (NYC)” have restored the NYC’s subway map designed in 1979 to what it may
have geographically looked like prior to colonial intervention in 1609; in "Neither Here Nor
There" the halfway point between the United States and Puerto Rico was documented and
mapped, where it can now be found and viewed in the virtual globe software: Google Earth;
and in the “Betsy Ross Trilogy” the American Flag is literally deconstructed.
My practice aims to peel back the layers of history through radical poetics, where the public
is encouraged to question what is familiar, and envision alternative models and possibilities.
Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Bejar is
currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space on
Governors Island, NY, and was recently an Artist-in-Residence at The Center For Photography
at Woodstock, NY. Bejar has also participated in residencies at SOMA, Mexico City D.F.,
Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL and the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum
of Art, NY.
In 2013 Bejar was a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Grant, and in 2012 was selected
as A Blade of Grass Artist Fellow.
Bejar’s work has been exhibited internationally and was recently selected by Luis Camintzer to be
included in the 5x5 Castelló 13 International Contemporary Art Prize in Castelló, Spain. Additional
exhibition venues include El Museo Del Barrio, NY; SITE Santa Fe, NM; Georgia State University,
GA; Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany; and Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. In 2014 Bejar’s
work will be included in the “Crossing Brooklyn” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, NY.
Bejar is a 2007 MFA sculpture recipient from the State University of New York, New Paltz, and
received his BFA from the Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL.