BIO

Alexia Mellor is an interdisciplinary artist using humor and performative strategies to investigate issues of security, displacement and identity in an increasingly corporatized world. A graduate of SUNY Geneseo and a recent MFA graduate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, Mellor transposes traditional gestures and objects that culturally define us into unfamiliar contexts to deconstruct social norms, consumer culture and notions of place. She was recently featured in the Boston Globe as one of the six graduate students to watch and is co-founder of the WRMC Collaborative and ProjectSoya. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has most recently been included in the Woman as Photographer: Picturing Life as a Woman, Mpls Photo Center, Minneapolis, MN, Mash-ups, Lake Forest College, Illinois, New England Photography Biennial at the Danforth Museum of Art, and at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. Mellor is currently organizing and chair of MIND THE GAP at ISEA2011 Istanbul at Sabanci University.

TEABUCKS, INC

Using uniforms and language reminiscent of corporate American coffee shop chains, Mellor and Dunn enter into bustling public spaces in Istanbul, offering weary visitors samples of tea. We use the persona of a barrista to engage participants in an investigation of the relationship between the local and the global. Through these interactions, the artist pair involves the public in a personalized corporate experience with the aim of questioning the ways we negotiate individual and national identity in an increasingly corporatized world.

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