Barrett Barrera Projects Launches Artist Residency Program

Barrett Barrera Projects is excited to announce it will launch a St. Louis- based visual artist residency program this summer. Interdisciplinary artist Paul Soileau, better known as alter ego CHRISTEENE, and award-winning filmmaker PJ Raval will be the first artists-in-residence from May 21– June 4, 2017.

Aimed at connecting contemporary artists to the City of St Louis, the residency will produce multi-venue, site-specific experiences, foster collaborations with local creatives, and give participating artists the opportunity to create and show new work.

“The world is evolving into the breakdown of barriers of discipline and thought and we are resolved that artists should be utilized as an important part of the composition of realizing human and global solutions. This premier artists’ residency will allow artists from around the world to investigate and perfect this working process of art as a verb, as well as interact with local artists and organizations.” – Susan Barrett, President of Barrett Barrera Projects.

While in residence, Soileau and Raval will work out of both the historic Lemp Brewery in the Cherokee Arts District and a former pharmaceutical warehouse in South City, as well as collaborate extensively with local talent to produce a series of pop-up events around the city. These events are wide ranging—from a transgender and queer artist symposium to performances to fundraising in support of the St. Louis PrideCenter—plus the events dynamically and holistically explore both artists work:

Thursday, June 1: Symposium and Barrett Barrera Projects Residency Culmination. A Conversation exploring the experience of making and being art as a Transsexual, genderqueer, androgynous, intersex, drag or questioning artist. Hosted by Justin Vivian Bond with Paul Soileau and PJ Raval. Taking place at 4568 Manchester Avenue.  Space is limited, please RSVP to [email protected]

Friday, June 2: Barrett Barrera Projects presents Justin Vivian Bond with performance from CHRISTEENE, video work from PJ Raval, guest appearance Nath Ann Carrera and local artists, Corey Chambers, Maxi Glamour and Joss Barton with DJ set from 18&Counting. Proceeds from the event are donated to the Metro Trans Umbrella Group and PrideCenter STL. Event to be held at JJ’s Clubhouse, 3858 Market Street.

Soileau and Raval are frequent collaborators working together under the name “Three Dollar Cinema” on CHRISTEENE’s graphic, charged music videos that are both permanently banned from Youtube and Facebook and have received critical acclaim. The two were also invited to the CentralTrak Artist Residency Program where they co-created a series of videos inspired by the Old Testament featuring Reverie and Randee, over-the-top telethoner personalities.