Dec 1-17, 2023

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is a multimedia artist, activist/organizer, critic, and educator. A Tulsa Artist Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he is author of the poetry/photography collections, Archipiélagos; Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking; and South Bronx Breathing Lessons.

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran headshot - Mixed race, trans-male, with brown hair and a beard, wearing a light colored shirt.

Bodhrán is editor of the international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought; and co-editor of the Native dance/movement/performance issue of Movement Research Performance Journal. His visual art is exhibited in New York, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. His films have been shared in the U.S. and Australia. He continually works with Indigenous, womanist, and queer/trans communities of color to create compelling multimedia dance works. He organized an international womanist/queer/trans Indigenous roundtable dialogue on issues of water for Hawai’i Review. Co-founder of the world’s first transgender film festival, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival; and the world’s first transgender Arab roundtable dialogue for Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal. He has received scholarships/fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo, Radius of Arab American Writers, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, and Lambda Literary.

Artist-in-Residence Statement

Good Hart Artist Residency appeals to me as a multimedia, ecologically-focused, and community-grounded artist, activist/organizer, critic, and educator.

Weaving cultural and organic design principles, I employ transcompositional techniques, alternative means of producing text. Still invested in extemporaneous, formal, prompt-based, and site-specific composing, I move beyond ekphrastic engagement with other arts into deployment of their inherent approaches. I enact experiments to see what performative, visual, tactile, acoustic, and terrestrial approaches to composing yield, in terms of documented process, textualization, and multimedia production.

Yerbabuena, my multigenre book-in-progress and multimedia project, is a womanist/queer/trans multiracial decolonial remapping of New York and California, the East and West Coasts, and Atlantic and Pacific worlds, worlds linked to and through the Great Lakes. During my time at Good Hart, I will work on the remaining nonfiction/autobiographical essays of the collection, as well as photo, video, and sound engagements of the land, waters, and skies. I will examine how the natural world transfigures the larger project, surfacing the econarrative strands, to strengthen their centrality.

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