Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2014-15

(Brooklyn, NY)Daniel Bejar

Project Description

In 2011 the Mexican Government disrupted a plot dubbed “Operation Guest” to smuggle Saadi Gaddafi, the son of the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi, from Niger, Africa to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX under the assumed name Daniel Bejar Hanan. My name is Daniel Bejar. “Operation Guest” is an interdisciplinary project which utilizes this bizarre coincidence as a unique opportunity to continue my research into questions of identity, authorship, and politics in the Information Age. The project realizes this failed exotic exile through a series of site-specific performances documented through photography, a search engine intervention, videos, and installations.

Biography

Daniel Bejar is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Bejar is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Process Space on Governors Island, NY. In 2013 Bejar was a recipient of the prestigious Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Grant, and in 2012 was selected as A Blade of Grass Artist Fellow. Bejar’s work has been exhibited internationally, most recently in 5x5 Castelló 13 International Contemporary Art Prize in Castelló, Spain. Additional venues include El Museo Del Barrio, NY; SITE Santa Fe, NM; Georgia State University, GA; Artnews Projects, Berlin, Germany; and Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY. In 2014 Bejar’s work will be included in the “Crossing Brooklyn” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, NY. Bejar is a 2007 MFA recipient from the State University of New York, New Paltz, and received his BFA from the Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL.