Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Series: Oli Rodriguez

Oli Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist working in filmmaking, photography, performance, installation, and writing. Currently, he is faculty in the Photography Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His projects conceptually intersect and dialogue within consent, queerness, family, childhood, and sexuality. He curated the exhibition, The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics at the Sullivan Galleries at SAIC. He is apart of the monograph Confronting the Abject, named from his research themed class that he co-taught with Catherine Opie at SAIC. He just finished his book, The Papi Project, which archives the AIDS pandemic through his queer, people of color (POC) family in Chicago during the 1980s. In its final stages, "LYNDALE," his feature length documentary delves into the complicated relationships between family members as they navigate childhood neglect, queer identities, cyclical familial trauma, and mental illness. Rodriguez has screened, performed, lectured and exhibited his works internationally and nationally at institutions and museums such as, The Banff Centre, Schwarzer Kanal, Berlin, Germany, Smart Museum, University of Chicago, Bridge, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL.

Rodriguez works interdisciplinarily within filmmaking, new media, video, photography, writing, installation, and performance.  His projects focus on spaces of geographic solidarity, queering and (re)inserting POC folks into the art historical canon, concepts of queerness which include notions of passing, visualizing the performativity of gender, explorations in appropriation, performative interactions with the public as collaborator, and a commitment to intersectional research, while referencing historical movements in gender, racial, and feminist histories.


This artist talk is part of the Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Series at Georgia State University.

To request disability accommodations at this event, please contact the Public Relations Coordinator at 404-413-5225  /jkuntz@gsu.edu with your request making sure to provide your name and the event name/date.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 6:00pm

Room 257, Arts & Humanities Building, 257 Room 257, 10 Peachtree Center Ave SE

Event Type

Lecture, Arts & Humanities


Atlanta Campus

Colleges and Schools

College of the Arts


Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Public




Free and open to the public!

Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
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