Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary based in Brooklyn, NY. His work challenges the representations of histories, identities, and places. By constructing new narratives and transmitting them into the public realm, his practice reveals the underlying, often unquestioned, ideologies and power structures that pervade our physical and digital worlds. In 2018, Bejar was commissioned to create a permanent public artwork at a public school in Queens, NY, by NYC Percent for Art & NYC SCA Public Art for Public Schools. Bejar has received many prestigious awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work (2015), a Franklin Furnace Fund Grant (2014), and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Grant (2013). Bejar has also participated in several residencies including The Drawing Center's Open Sessions Program, New York, NY (2016-17); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, New York, NY (2011-12); and the SOMA Summer Program, Mexico City, D.F. (2012). His work has been featured in publications such as the New Yorker, Harpers Bazaar HK, Magazine B, and Hyperallergic, among others. His work was also recently included in the Vector Artists Journal #8 which launched at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; Espai-d'art Contemporani de Castello, Spain; El Museo Del Barrio, NY; SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Georgia State University, GA; Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany; and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. Bejar has an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz, NY, and a BFA from Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL.
Working at the intersection of art & life my practice considers life as a material and a site to make art that challenges the representations of our histories, identities, and places that are found within our physical and digital worlds. Working with forms of performance and site-specific interventions I insert myself and my work into public sites and systems such as Googles search engines in my project The Googlegänger, Google Maps in Neither Here Nor There, protest rallies at the Republican National Conventions in Rec-elections, and a gerrymandered NY State Senate District in Re-Districting to construct and transmit new narratives into the public realm that reveal the built ideologies and power structures lying beneath them. In doing so my work unearths a space where the public is challenged to question the status quo and envision alternative realities and histories.
Working project to project, my performance-based, interventionist practice manifests itself in different forms including installation, documentation, photography, video, text, sculpture, and web-based media.
I believe that by inserting my work and myself into the everyday, opportunities in the public sphere can be seized to ask critical questions through radical poetics, push the gesture of production beyond art, and affect social change in our Information Age.