Abraham Avnisan is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is situated at the intersection of image, text, and code. He creates artists' books, applications for mobile devices, interactive installations and technologically mediated performances that seek to subvert dominant narratives through embodied encounters with language.
Abraham has presented his work in national and international exhibitions and biennials including Refiguring the Future at the Hunter College Art Galleries (2019); Between Bodies at The Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington (2018-19); the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2017); and a four-person exhibition at Post-Screen: International Festival of Art, New Media and Cybercultures in Lisbon, Portugal (2016-17). He has been invited to speak about his work at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and The Kitchen in New York City, among other venues, and has presented his research at the &NOW Festival of Innovative Writing and The College Art Association (CAA), the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), and the Electronic Literature Organization’s (ELO) annual conferences. He has been interviewed by BOMB Magazine and his work has been published in INDEX Vol. 6: An Annual Document of Performance Practice; the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3; the International Symposium on Electronic Arts’ (ISEA) 2015 symposium proceedings, Stonecutter, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Drunken Boat, New Delta Review, and others.
Abraham is the recipient of a Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship through the Simpson Center for the Humanities, a Digital Studies Fellowship through Rutgers University—Camden, the Rosen and Edes Foundation Semi-Finalist Fellowship for Emerging Artists, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s New Artists Society Merit Scholarship. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Brooklyn College and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Abraham is an Assistant Professor of Digital Sciences and Journalism & Mass Communication in the College of Communication & Information at Kent State University.