Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2015-16

(New York, NY)Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey

Project Description

“Gender/Power” is a collaborative working methodology lead by Kris Grey and Maya Ciarrocchi. Together we produce performances, installations, workshops, and writing. Our methodology uses a transfeminist framework to directly engage with marginalized communities in order to address social justice issues around authority and gender. Rather than producing a fixed narrative, the work explores how gender presentation affects everyone regardless of their identity. “Gender/Power: Composition IV,” is a continuation of previous iterations, and will be comprised of live performance, projections and active audience participation.


Maya Ciarrocchi is a New York City based artist whose work in video, photography, installation and performance addresses identity and otherness via documentation and durational portraiture. Her work has been exhibited in New York at Anthology Film Archives, Chashama, The Chocolate Factory, Gibney Dance, The Invisible Dog Arts Center, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts, Sasha Wolf Gallery, and at Artisphere, (VA), Hammer Museum (CA); Borderlines Film Festival (UK); Moving Pictures Festival (CAN). Residencies include the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NY), Kala Art Institute (CA), LMCC (NY), and the Ucross Foundation (WY). She is the recipient of grants from the Jerome and Puffin Foundations and was awarded a Jeff and a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for video scenography. Ciarrocchi received her M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts and her B.F.A. from Purchase College.

Kris Grey is a New York City based gender-queer artist whose work exists at the intersection of communication, activism, community building, storytelling, lecture, and studio production. Grey earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Ohio University. They perform, teach, and exhibit work internationally. Grey was a 2012 Fire Island Artist Residency recipient, a resident artist for the ANTI Festival for Contemporary Art in Kupoio, Finland in 2012 and 2014, and a teaching artist in 2013 at The International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts in Brussels, Belgium.