2017 LAB ARTIST
Victoria Bradford works in the fields of performance, video, and installation, with training in the visual arts and upbringing in theatre, dance, and voice. Awards and recognitions include: DCASE Theatre and Dance Residency for 2016, Featured Artist for Chicago Artists Month and an Affiliate Program for the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2015, High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also been produced in conjunction with the MCA Chicago, Governors State University, Gallery 400, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and Decordova Sculpture Park & Museum.
Dance is for me any artistic expression in the service of setting body and mind together at work. Whether in the form of running or gesturing, dancing is about the idea that making or doing is thinking. My body as a physical presence has the power to intervene in systems much larger than itself, and brings a sense of scale to the otherwise incomprehensible paradoxes and conundrums of our times. Through the use of systems, objects, visual codes, considerations of rigor, time, repetition, I interrogate local gestures, customs, and rituals to reveal complex identities embedded in tradition and class structures.—Victoria Bradford, Artist Statement