Maïa Cybelle Carpenter
I position my work against the narrative expectations of moving-image media. Through explorations of the material specificity of film and video, I seek to produce new dialogues with philosophical and current cultural approaches to visual form. Taking identity politics beyond overt polemics, my work engages its audience in multi-layered examinations of identity through spatial experiences.
As an artist, the practice of curating allows me to build a body of research around theoretical problems that I consider in my own work and to mobilize a community of other artists who also wrestle with these questions.
Maïa Cybelle Carpenter is a moving-image artist, experimental film curator and professional Executive Assistant. She has been on the Board of Canyon Cinema since 2006. Her films and videos have been exhibited internationally, and selected exhibitions have included: Arts Electronica, The Rotterdam International Film Festival Pacific Film Archive, Ontario Cinematheque, Anthology Film Archives, Exit Art Gallery NY, The British Film Institute, Telluride International Experimental Film Festival, The Taiwan Cinematheque, and PBS Television. She has served as visiting curator for the Pleasure Dome in Toronto, Ontario, was the Programming Coordinator for MIX NYC at Anthology Film Archives and has subsequently curated programs for this festival, SF Cinematheque and SF International Film Festival. She has a BA in Women's Studies/Film Theory from Barnard College, Columbia University (1997), and has a MFA from the Film/Video/New Media Dept. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2001). She is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Canyon Cinema, Inc., on the Advisory Board of Lunafest, ClifBar & Co, a pre-screener for the SF International Film Festival and is the Executive Assistant to the Managing Directors of Elevation Partners, Inc. in Menlo Park, CA.