Fellows in Residence

Bogliasco Fellowship Recipients
Fall 2022 - Group 1


Pinar Yoldas

Pinar Yoldas – Associate Professor of Visual Arts, UC San Diego – Turkey/United States

Hollow Ocean 2048 is a research project that combines experimental architecture and ocean activism. Throughout her stay, Pinar Yoldas will combine scientific data on the future of oceans with architectural drawings, sketches, and models. The result will be a multi-platform publication, an e-book, web presence, and a physical collectible book.


Taghrid Abouelhassan

Taghrid Abouelhassan – Screenwriter and Director – Egypt

Taghrid Abouelhassan will be working on Red Velvet, a feature film she is writing and directing. The film deals with the questions of love and freedom. A young Egyptian couple with different beliefs challenges the resilience of their choices as they journey within themselves, evaluating their beliefs and freedom. Her Egyptian heritage helps to mold a unique world where religion, black magic, and Pharaonic dominance affects every aspect of her film.


Wu Hung

Wu Hung (Visual Arts-Scholarship) – Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, University of Chicago – United States

Completed in 847, Zhang Yanyuan’s Famous Paintings of Successive Dynasties has been called “the progenitor of the history of painting as well as painting history par excellence.” This project aims to conduct a comprehensive study of this seminar work by focusing on its content and structure, historiographical contexts and publication history, and by comparing it with early painting histories from different cultural traditions.

Judith Zeitlin

Judith Zeitlin (Literature-Scholarship) – William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago – United States

Judith Zeitlin plans to complete the introduction for her book on the culture of musical entertainment in early modern China (1560-1700). During this period, musical entertainment depended on two fashions where elite and popular culture met: courtesans and opera. The book is structured around three key thematic components: voice, text, and instrument. Each category offers fruitful ground for thinking through the material and social aspects of music-making in contemporary, manuals, plays, songs, and pictures.


Karin Altenberg

Karin Altenberg – Writer – Sweden/United Kingdom

Karin Altenberg’s forthcoming novel is set on the coast of southern Sweden in 1943 and 1981, at two pivotal historical moments, characterized by great threat. The Coldest Sound is a novel about hard borders and porous boundaries, about connections going back decades, love, solidarity and betrayal and the web of lies we weave around the secrets we keep. It is a story that speaks to this historical moment: ordinary people living in uncertain times under great threat, when moral codes and the normal rules of society can be suspended.

Robin Robertson

Robin Robertson – Writer – United Kingdom

Robin Robertson will be working on a book-length narrative poem following the lives of three self-made artists – Tiepolo, Piranesi and Goya – as the 18th century slides towards the convulsion and carnage of revolution and war. It will examine the central importance of art and culture in the midst of social and political upheaval, and – particularly – the crucial role of the Outsider.


Michael Harrison
Photo Erica Cavanagh

Michael Harrison – Composer and pianist – United States

Michael Harrison will be working on Raga Cycle, a multi-dimensional project involving the composition, performance and recording of multiple raga-based works corresponding to different times of day, for piano tuned in just intonation, vocals, electronics, tabla and tanpura. In addition to releasing recordings, Raga Cycle  will form the audio component of Passage, an installation with artist Nina Elder, on exhibit July-December, 2023 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in Boone, NC.


Stephen Lloyd Helper

Stephen Lloyd Helper – Playwright, Director – Australia/United States

Stephen Lloyd Helper will be completing the latest draft script of SLIPPIN' THROUGH THE CRACKS, The Blues Journey of Bobby Rush. Bobby Rush is a multi-Grammy winning African American artist whose life story of resilience is dramatic and inspiring. He will also be continuing work on a theatrical adaptation of a great American historical novel about hubris and the human cost of capitalism.


Anita Fields
Photo Tom Fields

Anita Fields – Visual Artist – United States – Anonymous Was A Woman Bogliasco Special Fellow

Anita Fields creates works of clay and textile that reflect the worldview of her Native Osage culture. Her practice explores the complexities of cultural influences and the intersections of balance and chaos found within our lives. The early Osage notions of duality, such as earth and sky, male and female, are represented in her work. Heavily textured layers and distorted writing are elements found in both her clay and textile works.