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Quintan Ana Wikswo

New York City, NY      

Quintan Ana Wikswo is a human rights field worker, multidisciplinary writer, visual and performance artist whose work integrates her fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay with her photographs, performances, and films. Her projects are exhibited, published, and performed internationally. A human rights worker since 1988, in her artistic practice she uses salvaged government typewriters and cameras to navigate known, unknown, and occluded worlds, especially obscured sites related to crimes against humanity, gender and sexuality, and shamanism.

Her books include the story-and-photograph collection THE HOPE OF FLOATING HAS CARRIED US THIS FAR (Coffee House Press, 2015), the novel A LONG CURVING SCAR WHERE THE HEART SHOULD BE (Stalking Horse Press, 2017), the artist book SCHWARZER TOD AND THE USELESS EATERS (Catalysis Projects). Her writing appears regularly in magazines such as Tin House, Guernica, Conjunctions, the Kenyon Review, and Gulf Coast, and in anthologies, catalogues, and artist books including POETS FOR LIVING WATERS (Dzanc, 2015), PROCESSION FOR THE EXTRACTED (California College of the Arts, 2015), EMERGENCY INDEX (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015 and 2017), RITUALS AGAINST FORGETTING (Kehler Verlag, 2014), and ONE BLOOD: THE NARRATIVE INFLUENCE (Univ. of Alaska Press, 2010).

Her visual art, text and video installations have received three solo museum exhibitions in New York City and Berlin, and appear regularly in museums and galleries throughout Europe and NYC, including F.A.C.T. (UK), the Berlin Jewish Museum, the Musee d’Art Moderne (France), and the Ronald Feldman Gallery (NYC).

Thirty-two of her solo and collaborative performance works are actively presented in stage performance, museum exhibitions, and site-specific installations, featuring live narration, video projection, and original scores by prominent composers. She performs regularly in New York City at venues including Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Club, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, and more.

A Creative Capital Grantee in Emerging Fields (2013), her work has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Theo Westenberg Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, ARC-Durfee, Montalvo Arts Center, Djerassi, Puffin Foundation, Millay Colony. She has received multiple fellowships to Yaddo, including the Pollock Krasner Residency.