RYAT        ˈrī-ət        

RYAT YEZBICK 



Ryat Yezbick, b. 1985 Michigan, U.S.A., lives and works in Los Angeles.

ryat.yezbick[at]gmail.com


EDUCATION
2016  MFA Program in Art, CalArts
2009 M.A. Cultural Anthropology, Michigan State University
2007 B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (International Development and Anthropology) Michigan State University


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 Empirical Reality (Upcoming), curated by Nicoleta Chatzopoulou at NGallery, Athens
2019 It’s Tricky, curated by Diego Ramirez at SEVENTH Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Cover Me, curated by Britte Geijer and Zach Korol-Gold at Garden, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Potentially Dangerous Contraptions, curated by Elke aus dem Moore at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
2018 Scroll, Toby Kim Lee and Rachel Yezbick, curated by Matt Town at The Reef, Los Angeles, CA
2016 This Parasitic Plant is a True Serial Killer, CalArts thesis exhibition, Valencia, CA
2014 Familiar Discipline, CalArts, Valencia, CA
2013 May Our Civilities Never Be Too Civil, 312 W. Princes St., Glasgow
2012 Death in Three Chapters: Let Be Be Finale of Seem, curated by Magdalen Chua at Studio 41, Glasgow, Scotland
2012 Tenuously Submerged, curated by Joo Choon Lin at New City Space, Glasgow


JOINT EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCES
2020 The violence that occurred is no longer present and all that is left is the picture once described, curated by Prima Sakuntabhai for the Bangkok Biennial MAHA PAVILLION, Bangkok, Thailand
2020 Sick Speech, curated by Daniel Wroe at My_____________Space, Los Angeles, CA
2019 It’s Kind of a Scary Feeling, curated by Jean MacPherson at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canad
2019 Sick Speech, curated by Jean MacPherson at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canada
2019 Octopus 19: Ventriloquy, curated by Joel Stern at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia
2019 BreathWatchListenTouch, A Pre-Concert Tribute to Yoko Ono, curated by Femmebit for the LA Philharmonic, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Potentially Dangerous Contraptions, curated by Elke aus dem Moore at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, German
2018 Privacies Infrastructures, curated by Aurora Tang and Jia Gu for Materials & Applications, Los Angeles, CA
2017 The ground beneath her feet, curated by the wulf at Coaxial, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Mystic hyperstitians in the heart of empire, curated by Joey Cannizzaro in MOCAM- The Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis
2016 Studio Program, curated by Edgar Miramontes, Joey Cannizzaro, Stacy Dawson Stearns at REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Exit Interview, Human Resources, Los Angeles
2015 Mid-Residency Group Exhibition, CalArts, Valencia, CA
2015 DLectricity, curated by Michaela Mosher at The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
2014 Banana, Public Pool, Detroit MI
2014 A Final Thought, CalArts, Valencia, CA
2013 Quick and Dirty, curated by John Da Wan at Wintersgills, Glasgow, Scotland 
2013 Prismism, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
2013 Perfectly Hidden, curate by Joo Choon Lin at New City Space, Glasgow, Scotland
2012 Let’s Talk About Love Baby, curated by Chido Johnson at Printed Matter, New York, NY
2012 BYOB Glasgow, Glue Factory, Glasgow, Scotland=
2011 Hot Dogs and Hummus, performance in Music in the Hallway, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit, MI
2011 BRB Total ID Pigs, performance in collaboration with Ian Swanson, Re:View Contemporary, Detroit, MI


SCREENINGS
2020 An Articulated Image, Space One, curated by Dahn Gim and Kelly Sun Kim, Seoul, South Korea
2019 Epicurus’ Conundrum, University of Melbourne, curated by Lauren Bliss, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Hook & Loop (Stills), curated by Lauren Bliss and Giles Fielke at Projections, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Epicurus’ Conundrum, curated by Nina Mulhall at Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Epicurus’ Conundrum, curated by Dahn Gim at Femmebit Festival 2019, Los Angeles, CA
2019 Hook & Loop (Stills), curated by Dahn Gim at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Epicurus’ Conundrum, Materials & Applications, Los Angeles, CA
2018 Epicurus’ Conundrum, Glasgow International Biennial, Glasgow, Scotland
2018 Epicurus’ Conundrum, Garden, Los Angeles, CA
2017 Coinfection, Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Coinfection, Bijou Theater, CalArts, Valencia CA
2016 Threat Management, Bijou Theater, CalArts, Valencia, CA


FILMOGRAPHY
2022 The Innocence of Unknowing (in progress), compilation video  
2021 Spillover, 5 channel video installation
2020 Sick Speech (in progress), Video, 23 minutes and 33 seconds
2019 Hook & Loop (Stills), HD video, 8 minutes and 22 seconds
2018 Epicurus’ Conundrum, HD and archival video, 47 and 36 minutes
2016 Coinfection, HD video, 27 minutes and 22 seconds
2013 Parade for an Ordinary Occurrence, HD video, 2 channels video, 10 minutes 29 seconds; 8 minutes and 3 seconds
2012 May Our Civilities Never Be Too Civil, HD video, 18 minutes and 4 seconds


SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
Anuradha Vikram, How can I use outdoor spaces to share my art and build community?Creating Art in Public Space during COVID for How To Change, KCET (December 21st, 2020)

Maeve Hanna, Known/Unknown: Rachel Yezbick’s ‘Sick Speech’ and the Exploration of Performing the Self and Queer Aesthetics in the Life, Death and Work of Nasim Aghdam,  BlackFlash Magazine, Issue 37.2 (September 3,2020)

Thomas Ragnar, MOUTHING: Octopus 19: Ventriloquy, Gertrude Contemporar Naarm/Melbourne, 31 May - 20 July 2019, unprojects (August 29, 2019)

Toby Julif, Octopus 19: Ventriloquy, Art + Australia (September 10, 2019)

Georgia Sydney Lassner, Willing to fail at eating your own chocolate face, Rachel Yezbick’s “Cover Me” at Garden, Unpublished (May 11, 2018)

Lara Salmon, Rachel Yezbick, Cover Me at Garden, Art and Cake (April 16, 2018)

Paul Muller, The Ground Beneath Her Feet at the wulf,  Sequenza 21 (October 18, 2017)

Alexandra Weiss, Don’t Worry, There’s an Art Museum Coming to the Moon, Bullett (February 28, 2017)

Rosie Sharp, Envisioning an Art Museum on the Moon, Hyperallergic (February 24, 2017)

Barbara Aswad, Book Review – Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade, The American Institute for

The American Institute for Progressive Democracy (May 5, 2013)

Craig Fahle, Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade, The Craig Fahle Show (April 17, 2012)


SELECT PUBLICATIONS
2020 Maryam Keshavarz with Rachel Yezbick, Lineage Gertrude Press
2016 We Are Critic: Made in L.A. 2016, The Best Friends Learning Gang, Temporary Art Review        
2016 The Modernist Gaze and Interchangeable Labor: Clarissa Tossin at Samuel Freeman, Infinite Mile Journal of Art
2011 Contributing chapterArab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade; The Arab. American National Museum: Sanctioning Arabness for a Post 9/11 America, Wayne State University Press
                                     

RESIDENCIES
2018 Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canada
2018 Visiting Artist at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany                  ­


SELECT LECTURES / PANEL MODERATION
2020 The Los Angeles Artist Census, workshop facilitator, Women’s Center for Creative Work, Los Angeles, CA
2019 The Politics of Immersive Experience, panel and workshop co-organizer, Radcliffe Accelerator Workshop, Harvard University, MA
2018 Rethinking Performance, New Frontier Story Lab, Sundance Institute, UT
2018 Introductions and Q & A’s, The Box at New Frontier, Sundance Film Festival, UT
2017 Edge of Art, New Frontier Story Lab, Sundance Institute, UT
2017 Discussion with artists Amelia Winger-Bearskin and Callum Cooper, New Frontier Story Lab, Sundance Institute, UT
2014 Visiting Artist, Graduate critique, Eastern Michigan University, MI
2013 Guest lecture, Concept Form and Context Studio I, University of Michigan, MI
2011 Guest lecture, ART 150: Monuments and Culture, Washtenaw Community College
2010 Guest lecture, Concept Form and Context Studio II, University of Michigan, MI
2009 The Costs of Full Citizenship: Navigating Sites of Contradiction in Arab Detroit Post 9/11, Michigan State University, MI
2009 Contextualizing Identity Shifts in Arab Detroit Narratives, Michigan State University, MI


SCHOLARSHIPS / GRANTS
2020 Center for Cultural Innovation Grant
2019 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Nominee
2019 Australia Arts Council Grant, $17K grant for And Laid Him On The Green
2019 Radcliffe Accelerator Workshop Recipient, $20k grant, Harvard University
2018 Mary E. Hofstetter Legacy Scholarship for Excellence in the Visual Arts, Banff, Canada 2017 Vermont Sculpture Studio Grant
2016 Chiquita Canyon Found Art Prize
2016 Graduate Scholarship, CalArts
2015 Graduate Scholarship, CalArts     
2009 Full Ride Scholarship, Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and Research
2008 Research Development Grant, Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and Research
2005 Tower Guard Scholarship, Michigan State University


TEACHING
2019 Lecturer, Oakwood Schools, Los Angeles, CA
2016 Assistant to the Program Directors in Art, CalArts. Valencia, CA
2016 Graduate Assistant for Asma Kazmi. CalArts, Valencia, CA
2015 Graduate Assistant for Neha Choksi. CalArts, Valencia, CA
2011 Lecturer, Washtenaw College. ART 150: Monuments and Culture, Ann Arbor, MI
2011 Lecturer, Henry Ford Community College, ANTH 131: Introduction to Anthropology, Dearborn, MI
2010 Lecturer, Henry Ford Community College, ANTH 131: Introduction to Anthropology, Dearborn, MI


AFFILIATIONS
The Guild of Future Architects


INDEPENDENT RESEARCH & FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE
2020 The Politics of Immersion: Nonfiction Storytelling and the Implications of Presence Los Angeles,  CA
2019 And Laid Him on The Green, Cultural Mishearings and Voice ID in Court Rooms | Los Angeles, CA
2014-2018 Private Security: Threat Management and Tactical Surveillance in Detroit | Detroit, Michigan
2011-2013 Glasgow’s New Frontier, Independence and The Triangular Slave Trade | Glasgow, Scotland
2009-2011 The Costs of Full Citizenship: Navigating Zones of Contradiction in Arab Detroit Post 9/11 |  Detroit, Michigan
2006 Gendered Violence: Acid Throwing in Bangladesh | Dhaka, Bangladesh
2004 Ethics and Development | Bamako, Mali








portfolio
Recent
Empirical Reality at N Gallery, Athens.The MAHA Pavilion Bangkok Biennial, Bangkok


Contact: ryat.yezbick [at] gmail.com


Photography: Hagen Betzwieser, Keelan O’Hehir, Jessica Wittman, Panayiotis Tsangas, Cedric Tai, Eleni Maligoura, Zach Korol-Gold


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