The Main Announces 2018 Artists-in-Residence


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For immediate release: Monday, December 4, 2017



Susu Attar, Beatriz Cortez, Travis Diehl, Kelman Duran, and Guadalupe Rosales are selected for 2018 residency program

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Images: Susu Attar, Beatriz Cortez, Travis Diehl, Kelman Duran, and Guadalupe Rosales

Los Angeles—The Main in Downtown Los Angeles today announced the five artists selected to participate in the museum’s 2018 residency program: Susu Attar, Beatriz Cortez, Travis Diehl, Kelman Duran, and Guadalupe Rosales. Designed to provide much-needed support for artists living and working in Los Angeles, The Main’s artist-in-residence program offers each artist a free private studio space on-site at the museum and a $1,000 monthly stipend. The nine-month residencies will take place from February through October 2018.

This residency program is central to The Main, a non-collecting museum dedicated to the art and artists of Los Angeles. Since the inauguration of the program in 2016, The Main has hosted Los Angeles–based artists Carolina Caycedo, Sid M. Dueñas, Lauren Halsey, and Star Montana. In this iteration of the program, The Main accepted applications through an open call, to which more than 600 Los Angeles artists applied. The Main’s curatorial team, including director Allison Agsten and curatorial associate Monica Rodriguez, reviewed all submitted applications and conducted interviews with final candidates.

“After spending so much time with each of the 600+ applications, it was clear how essential this type of artist-in-residency opportunity is to Los Angeles,” said Agsten. “We are unbelievably thrilled to begin working with the 2018 class of artists in our residency program. This cohort is representative of the rich perspectives and practices of artists actively working in Los Angeles and furthering the city’s reputation as one of the creative capitals of the world.”

“We look forward to supporting the work of Beatriz, Guadalupe, Kelman, Susu, and Travis,” said Rodriguez, “but most importantly, we look forward to them engaging with and learning from one another throughout the residency. We can’t wait to welcome them to The Main next year.”

The Main’s 2018 Artists-in-Residence

Susu Attar (b. 1982, Iraq) is a multimedia artist. Born in Baghdad and raised in Los Angeles, she draws from life in both cities, exploring the space between diasporic memory and the documentation of loss. Referencing family photos, Attar’s work involves re-creating childhood memories of people and places that no longer exist. She received a B.A. in painting and conceptual information art from San Francisco State University in 2007 and has exhibited in Delaware, Dubai, Los Angeles, Montreal, and San Francisco.

Beatriz Cortez (b. 1970, El Salvador) is an artist and writer. Cortez has lived in the United States since 1989. Through her work, she imagines possible futures and explores simultaneity—existence in different temporalities and versions of modernity—in relation to memory and loss in the aftermath of war and immigration. Cortez holds an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and a doctorate in Latin American literature from Arizona State University. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and internationally in Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Travis Diehl (b. 1985, United States) is a critic, editor, and writer. His writing foregrounds the ways in which the rhetoric of art has substantial consequences in a shared reality. Diehl is focused on art invested in a malleable world and is subject to distortions and idealisms—art that is proactive rather than didactic in its engagement with history. He also examines Los Angeles as an art capital and as an example of the concrete results of well-deployed metaphors. Diehl’s criticism and reviews appear in Art-Agenda, Artforum, CARLA, Frieze, The Guardian, Salon, and X-TRA, where he currently serves on the editorial board.

Kelman Duran (b. 1984, Dominican Republic) is an artist, filmmaker, and musician who is interested in the way disenfranchised communities respond to civic architecture and mechanisms of surveillance. Since 2012, he has been creating a long-term work titled To the North, a video archive comprising research of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to examine marginalized histories and aesthetics of the region. Duran received a B.A. in sociology from State University of New York at Binghamton and an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts. He has exhibited and screened works at the Echo Park Film Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Guadalupe Rosales (b. 1980, United States) is an artist, archivist, and founder of the @Veteranas_and_Rucas and @Map_Pointz Instagram accounts. Since 2015, Rosales has been actively archiving crowd-sourced photos, party flyers, and videos of Chicana/o and Latina/o youth culture in Southern California in the 1990s. Rosales describes her work as an “archive of previously inaccessible material of an underrepresented and unstudied group of people.” She received an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. She has held previous residencies at the Guapamacataro Center for Art and Ecology Residency, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists Residency, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s first Instagram residency.



The Main Museum's mission is to engage the public with the most important ideas of our time through the art of Los Angeles. As a non-collecting museum with a residency program at its center, The Main forefronts artists in its work and supports wide-ranging practices from artists at all stages in their careers.

When complete, The Main will include a variety of exhibition galleries, additional studio spaces for its artist residency program, a rooftop plaza including an amphitheater and cafe, and a restaurant. For more information on The Main and to sign up for updates, visit


True to its name, Beta Main is a space for testing and learning in anticipation of the creation of The Main. Throughout all phases of The Main’s development, which includes exhibitions, artist residencies, and public programs mounted by Beta Main, the institution will continue to refine its vision and methods as it learns from the community, artists, experimentation, and Downtown Los Angeles.

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