Dan Paz

Lunchpoems with Dan Paz

Roots & Culture
9/27/15

Roots & Culture is delighted to bring the work of DANPAZ to the gallery for our first film/video screening of the Fall 2015 season. Named after a collection of Frank O’Hara poems, Dan’s program is a compilation/essay/collection of audio and video moments that are both considered and casual invitations to listen, observe, navigate and feel. All of Dan’s collected wonderings and wanderings investigate and reframe our daily lives and all of the hurricanes, communities, songs, text conversations, and car rides that fill it. Dan observes the world with the aid of video and audio recorders in order to guide us in paying closer attention to context and details.  This tuning of our eyes and ears can lead us to exciting, engaged spaces of curiosity, joy and empathy. To quote a text message quoted in one of Dan’s videos: “realness sounds pretty good”.


Dan Paz is a Chicago-based artist and educator working in video, photography, and performance. Dan uses the labor of production to explore how performances of belonging are staged between the image-idea and the lived experience. Selected exhibitions include: Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana, Cuba; Hayward Gallery, London, UK, Angels Gate Cultural Center, CA; The Media lab @ The College Art Association in NYC; In Chicago, IL: The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Gene Siskel Film Center, Gallery 400, Chicago Artist’s Coalition, The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Evanston Art Center, Peregrine Program, Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, The Franklin, Johalla Projects.

In 2010, Dan was the recipient of the Ann Metzger National Award for Prints. In 2012, Paz was the recipient of the Links Hall Link Up residency and grant for the co-creation of the project Arte no es fácil. Later that year, Dan received The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur’s Connection grant for Arte no es fácil. In 2012, Dan was the recipient of the Critical Fierceness Grant. Dan has work compiled in the collection of video art, Eyeball Witness, curated by Scott Wolniak. Residencies include: Harold Artist Residency in Chesterhill, Ohio; Acre Artist residency in Steuben Wisconsin; El Centro Desarollo de Artes Visuales Residency in Havana, Cuba, Chicago Artist Coalitions’ Hatch Residency, and The Luminary in St. Louis, MO. In 2016, Dan will be participating in Key West Studios Artist Residency in Key West, FL. Dan is  Assistant Professor of Art at Harry S. Truman College teaching photography, video, and art history.