We are a small team of artists and researchers. 


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Maia Chao is an interdisciplinary artist whose work—often playful and absurd—uses existing institutions and their systems as sites of social intervention and critique. Using video, performance, installation and social practice, she is dedicated to art that models counter-institutions, alternative spaces, and redistribution.

Chao is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and a RISD Presidential Scholarship and currently lives in Provincetown, MA, where she is a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.



Josephine Devanbu is an artist committed to engaging non-traditional audiences, including overworked doctors in a rural health clinic in India, inmates in a Rhode Island prison and migrant workers in California’s Central Valley. Devanbu holds a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Science and Technology Studies from Brown University.

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Maria Paula Garcia Mosquera is a public historian/cultural worker interested in exploring ways to narrow the gap that exist between institutions working with heritage and a broader public. This interest has taken her to work in a range of cultural organizations and government institutions, such as the Colombian National Public Radio, the Bogotá’s Office of Culture, Recreation and Sports, and the Museums of the Central Bank of Colombia. Garcia holds a BA in History from the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and is currently an MA candidate in Public Humanities at Brown University.



Bryn Pernot is an interdisciplinary researcher and program developer who seeks to bring together fields like anthropology, education, theater, and design to create innovative museum programs that integrate diverse backgrounds and perspectives and provide a space for public participation. Pernot holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and is currently an MA candidate in Public Humanities at Brown University.