VisArts Studio Fellowship: Ada Pinkston

Ada Pinkston, This Bridge Called My Back or the Never-ending Journey to move past the Isms…, performance 


An inter-subjective exchange is the primary substrate of my work. Through an examination of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies, I utilize performance, sculptural forms, installation, and digital media. The product of all of these methods mixed together like a gumbo is the creation of trans-disciplinary artworks. The work that I make sits on multiple borders: the border between traditional and experimental performance, the border between 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional, the border between community art and conceptual art. Performance art is an act of liberation. Liberation against the boundaries that exist in the art world, the boundaries that exist in the world of traditional theater, and the boundaries that exist throughout the world. I use my body, video projection, and installation to create an immersive experience and environment that the viewer/audience can engage with on multi-sensory levels. With sound, scent and the movement of my body through a visually stimulating space, I provide the viewer and audience with glimpses of poetry.


About the Artist:

Ada Pinkston is a multimedia artist, educator, and organizer living and working in Washington DC. Born in New York, her artistic research interest spans across social science, American Studies, and socially engaged community art practices. Over the years, her work has been featured at numerous institutions including The Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, the Peale Museum, Transmodern Performance Festival, P.S.1, The New Museum, Light City Baltimore and the streets of Berlin. She is a Baker Artist award semifinalist (2016), a recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant in Visual Arts, administered by The Contemporary (2017), and a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Ruby’s Project Grant in Visual Arts (2017). A graduate of Wesleyan University (B.A.) and Maryland Institute College of Art (M.F.A.) she has given guest lectures at The French Embassy, NYU, UCLA and The National Gallery of Art to name a few. Her most recent collaborative project includes founding the LabBodies Performance Art Laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland.