Abraham Avnisan is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and educator whose work is situated at the intersection of image, text, and code. He creates artists' books, applications for mobile devices, new media installations and mixed reality performances that seek to subvert dominant narratives through embodied encounters with language, history, and philosophy.
Abraham has presented his work in national and international exhibitions and biennials including a solo show at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark (2015); 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. His work has been published in INDEX Vol. 6: An Annual Document of Performance Practice; the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3; and 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 Studies Fellowship through Rutgers University—Camden, a Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship through the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the Rosen and Edes Foundation Semi-Finalist Fellowship for Emerging Artists, and The School of the Art Institute’s New Artists Society Merit Scholarship. He teaches creative writing, new media art and interactive media design as an Artist-in-Residence in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at University of Washington Bothell.