Liisa Roberts was selected for ArtPace’s International Artist-in-Residence Program by curator and cultural critic Okwui Enwezor, the Artistic Director of Documenta XI and Adjunct Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Since the early 1990s, Liisa Roberts has produced a number of films and installations incorporating film, which blur the line between media art and sculpture. Roberts’ work investigates what has been described as the “ethical dimension of images”–looking at the way images affect the individual’s experience in society while researching the material aspects of the image itself. Her installations have used the projected image and the screen to create a space that is unfamiliar, resembling neither the white cube of the gallery nor the flat screen to be viewed by a passive audience. Like the movement of a film in which one frame follows another, the viewer’s passage through one of her installations unfolds a series of physical and conceptual experiences.
New York-based Liisa Roberts was born in Paris in 1969 and received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since the early 1990s, Roberts has exhibited internationally, including group exhibitions at Artists Space, New York; Helsinki Kunsthalle and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England; P.S.1, Long Island City, NY; Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; and Bildmuseet Umeå, Umeå, Sweden. Solo exhibitions have taken place at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL. She participated in the 1997 Documenta X in Germany and the 1999 Venice Biennale in Italy. Her work will be featured in the Whitney Museum’s upcoming exhibit, The American Century.