Anita Glesta is a native New York artist whose work has been informed by her international work and life. Over the past few decades she has lived, worked and taught in various cultures and countries. Her work reflects a contextual activism through her interest in history and culture.
Glesta has installed several permanent and temporary public art projects around the world including the USA, Australia, Italy, Spain, South America and Asia.
Her current work, WATERSHED is a public art projection dealing with Climate Change that will be projected on the face of the National Theater on the Thames as part of the Totally Thames Festival in September 2015. She is also creating a work as part of a global travelling exhibition about sexual slavery entitled “Intimate Transgressions” which opens at White Box. NY in the fall of 2015.
The travelling solo exhibition, GERNIKA/GUERNICA Project, was first exhibited as a multimedia installation in NYC in 2007 and as a public art work at Chase Manhattan Plaza produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
It was later exhibited at the MOCAK (Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow) and at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology Beijing in 2012/13.
In addition to numerous exhibitions and commissions, in January 2012, her large-scale video installation work, “PUTTI FOR SARA was featured at Big Screen Plaza in New York City. The multi channel video, “CYCLE INTERRUPED” 2009, was commissioned by Artport,_Making Waves and the United Nations for the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit. The work subsequently traveled to the Cancun Climate Change Summit in 2010.
Among her national permanent works is an outdoor integrated landscape sculpture for the Federal Census Bureau building in Suitland, MD under the GSAʼs Art in Architecture program. She also has a permanent integrated landscape sculpture in the center of Sydney at Cook and Phillip Park that was a commission by the city of Sydney.
In addition to her solo museum and gallery exhibitions, her works have also been included in exhibitions at the New Museum, the Queens Museum, Museum of Art and Archaeology, La Paz, Bolivia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia among others.
Glesta has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her works that include a Pollack/Krasner Foundation fellowship, New York State Council for the Arts New Media technologies grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Environmental structures fellowship, Puffin Foundation, the LABA Fellowship and, an Australia Council grant.
Currently she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Learn more on these links WATERSHED SHORT VIDEOS, SCHILLINGER AND THE DANCER, excerpts of installation here. Links to relevant sites for more information about this subject:
http://www.panzifoundation.org/, http://www.womenforwomen.org.uk/about-us, http://www.rescue.org/, http://www.unwomen.org/en