A+P+I Current



The 2023 Art+Process+Ideas (A+P+I) artist-in-residence program brings Bay Area artists Liat Berdugo, Heesoo Kwon, and Ranu Mukherjee to campus for the spring semester, with by an exhibition of new work presented at MCAM in September 2023. This year’s residency is supported through the generosity of We Are the Voices, a Mellon Foundation Higher Learning funded project linking Mills College at Northeastern University students and faculty with poets and scholars working in Oakland and beyond.


Liat Berdugo

LIAT BERDUGO is an artist and writer whose work investigates embodiment, labor, and militarization in relation to capitalism, technological utopianism, and the Middle East. Her work has been exhibited and screened at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), MoMA PS1 (New York), Transmediale (Berlin), V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam), and The Wrong Biennale (online), among others. Her writing appears in Rhizome, Temporary Art Review, Real Life, Places, and The Institute for Network Cultures, among others, and her latest book is The Weaponized Camera in the Middle East(Bloomsbury/I.B.Tauris, 2021). She is one half of the art collective, Anxious to Make and is the co-founder of the Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly new media art series. Berdugo received an MFA from RISD and a BA from Brown University. She is currently Associate Professor of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco. Berdugo lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Heesoo Kwon

HEESOO KWON is a multidisciplinary artist from South Korea currently based in the Bay Area. In 2017, Kwon initiated an autobiographical religion Leymusoom as an ever-evolving framework to explore her family histories and communal feminist liberation. Kwon received a business degree from Ewha Woman’s University (BA, 2015) and the 2012 Female Inventor of the Year Award from the Korean Intellectual Property Office. After realizing herself to be a product of Korean patriarchal society and the misogynist commercial field, she started making art to shed the burden of being a Korean woman and to redesign her feminist/queer life. Kwon received an MFA from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including BAMPFA (Berkeley); Pheobe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology (Berkeley); Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (San Francisco); Ryan Lee Gallery (New York); 47 Canal (New York); Site Gallery (UK); Blinkers (Canada); and WMA (Hong Kong). Kwon is the recipient of a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission for media arts in collaboration with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco.

Heesoo Kwon

RANU MUKHERJEE makes hybrid work in painting, film, and installation, guided by the forces of ecology and non-human agency, diaspora and migration, motherhood, and transnational feminisms. The work often takes form in layered tableaux; amalgamations of images, patterns, drawings, fragments, materials and time frames that draw on histories of collage, feminist science fiction and Indian mythological prints of the late 19th century. Using saturated color, printed pattern on cloth and overlays of tempo and choreography, Mukherjee amplifies physical presence and sensuality. Her recent work considers how experiences of rupture and longing can be catalysts for building new imaginative capacities.

Last Updated: 2/22/23