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Ava Porter

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Ava Porter is an multidisciplinary artist who has worked as a photographer, installation artist, and experimental filmmaker. Over her career so far, she has uses her art to analyze the “overlooked influences and exploited bystanders of Western popular (entertainment, religious, and war) culture, vis-a-vis the history of aggression and theories of embodied cognition”.[1] To reinforce her content, she usually presents film and photographic works as large-scale installations, through which viewers must walk and therefore acknowledge their own physicality. She dwells in the examination of the human condition and it is this curiosity that drives her practice.[2]

Ava Porter
BornLos Angeles, USA
EducationMFA in Visual Art from UC San Diego, BA in Photography & New Media from UCLA
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles & University of California, San Diego
Notable workOrgans Player

Life and Career[edit | edit source]

Porter was born and raised in Los Angeles. She attended University of California, Los Angeles and received a Photography & New Media Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in 2007. She is also a 2015 Masters of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) recipient from the University of California, San Diego,[3] where she is currently a professor in the aforementioned department.[4] Her film work in Narcissister Organ Player has been screened in several national and international festivals including the 2018 South By Southwest (SXSW)[5] and Sundance film festivals[6] and her installations and photography have also been exhibited throughout Los Angeles, New York, and San Diego. Porter is currently in the post production phase of her latest ethnographic documentary feature, Wild Honey, which is set to be release sometime 2019.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Selected works produced, directed, photographed, or edited by Ava Porter.[7]

  • 2016  Trashy (Short Film). Director, Editor.
  • 2016  Forever Young (Performance Film). Cinematographer. Dir. Narcissister.
  • 2015  The Wrestlers (Short Film). Director, Editor.
  • 2014  The Pond (Short Film). Cinematographer. Dir. Aitor Lajarin.
  • 2014  Soldier: Desertion (8-Channel Video/Experimental Film). Director, Cinematographer, Editor.
  • 2014  Soldier: Battle (8-Channel Video/Experimental Film). Director, Cinematographer, Editor.
  • 2014  Soldier: Buildup (8-Channel Video/Experimental Film). Director, Cinematographer, Editor.
  • 2014  Soldier: Breakdown (8-Channel Video/Experimental Film). Director, Cinematographer, Editor.
  • 2014  Soldier: Recruit (8-Channel Video/Experimental Film). Director, Cinematographer, Editor.
  • 2014  SLAUGHTER (2 Channel Video and Painting/Sculpture Installation). Artist, Director, Cinematographer.
  • 2013  Lost (Short Film). Director.
  • 2012  Love Walked In (Short Film). Director, Cinematographer.
  • 2012  I Exist For You (Experimental Film Series and Multi-Channel Installation). Director, Cinematographer, Performer.
  • 2011  Ima (Experimental Film). Director, Cinematographer.
  • 2011  The Vessel (3 Channel Video Installation). Director, Cinematographer, Performer.
  • 2010  Sunnyview (Short Film). Camera Assistant. Dir. Courtney Rowe.
  • 2010  Forever No More (Short Film). Cinematographer. Dir. Earnest Rhea.
  • 2010  Friends (Short Film). Cinematographer. Dir. Mazzin Chaudhari.
  • 2009  ABC’s Private Practice (Television Series). Camera Intern. DP Lex Dupont.

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2017  Fulbright Documentary Film Fellow. Fulbright US Program, Washington, DC
  • 2015  Creative Capital Award Finalist: Emerging Fields. Creative Capital Foundation, New York, NY
  • 2014  University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2014  Visual Arts Fellowship. Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego, CA
  • 2014  Russel Grant. Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego, CA
  • 2013  IDEAS Award. The Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), La Jolla, CA

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Soldier". UC San Diego Library | Digital Collections. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  2. Staff, Filmmaker. ""I Am Very Sensitive to the Needs of the Performance Artist": DP Ava Porter on Narcissister Organ Player | Filmmaker Magazine". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  3. "Ava Porter's Linkedin Page".
  4. "Lecturers". visarts.ucsd.edu. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  5. "SXSW Film Festival (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  6. "organ-player". www.sundance.org. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  7. "CV". Ava Porter. Retrieved 2018-10-24.


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