Joseph Liatela is a multi disciplinary artist based in New York City. Through a transgender lens, his work explores the institutional, cultural, and medico-legal notions of what is considered a “complete” or “correct” bodily formation. Using performance, sculpture, and photography, he makes work that examines issues of gender representation, biopolitics, embodiment, and questions of authenticity.
They completed their BFA with distinction from the Individualized Honors program at California College of the Arts (2017) and have performed/exhibited in numerous galleries, including exhibitions for the the National Queer Arts Festival (2016), the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (2017), SOMArts (2017), Denniston Hill (2017), Human Resources LA (2017), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2018), Trestle Gallery (2018), Paul Robeson Galleries (2018), Field Projects (2018) and BRIC (2019). Liatela’s work has been featured in Artsy, SF MoMA’s Open Space, KQED Arts, Strange Fire Collective, and the East Bay Express. They are a recipient awards and fellowships from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project, Denniston Hill, California College of the Arts, and Banff Centre. He is currently an MFA candidate in New Genres at Columbia University.