Dan Paz is an artist and educator who explores the labor of
imaging production as a collaborative site where the intersections of the image-idea and lived experience are produced and contested. Through
videos, photography, and sculptural projects that query the ability of documentary processes to be manipulated—to be multiplied and replicated, stopped and started, rewound and advanced—Dan works within the impossibilities of absolute replication to question the very ability of the image to truly represent. Throughout many long-term and large-scale projects, Paz acts as an artist-researcher to better understand the untold racial, social, and political histories as they unfold technically and formally in the environments we inhabit, working
toward more nuanced understandings of collaboration as a site for transformation.
Paz's work has been in international and national exhibitions and screenings, including Fabrica de Arte Cubano, Havana Cuba; I’m with you at Hayward Gallery London, UK; 4th Annual Camaguey Video Festival in Camaguey, Cuba; Band of Outsiders curated by Catherine Sullivan at CAA Media Lab in NY, NY; Immigrant/Emigrant at Angels Gate Cultural Center curated by Lara Bullock in San Pedro, CA; In Chicago, IL: Your body is a Battleground at Weinberg Newton Gallery, Making Chances, curated by Lorelei Stewart and John Neff, Gallery 400; The Square Root of Pi(e), curated by Alexandria Eregbu at Chicago Artist’s Coalition; Queering a New Reality at The Museum of Contemporary Art; Brown Paper Wrapper at Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture; Archetype Drift at Johalla Projects curated by Jason Lazarus; The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics at The Gene Siskel Film Center; Pillowtalk at Peregrine Program curated by Natalie Schuh and Stevie Greco; Eyeball Witness at Roots and Culture Contemporary curated by Scott Wolniak; Loneliness Chapel at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at The University of Chicago. Solo exhibitions include: Vachon Gallery at Lee Center for the Arts with Seattle University; Williamson Kinght Gallery in Portland, OR; Ditch Project in Springfield, OR; Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Space and The Franklin Gallery in Chicago, IL. In 2015, Paz co-created and hosted the symposium and exhibitions titled Art Present: Mapping space that could return to earth again at the 12th Havana Biennial. In 2012, Paz received The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur’s Connection grant for Arte no es fácil. In 2010, Paz was the recipient of the Ann Metzger National Award for Prints, in addition to the recipient of the Links Hall Link Up grant for the co-creation of the project Arte no es fácil. Paz has published twice with the art journal Shifter Magazine and has work compiled in a collection of video art, Eyeball Witness.
Paz has guest lectured and critiqued at The School of the Art Institute, The University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Washington at Bothell, The Hedreen Gallery at Lee Center for the Arts, Cornish College of the Arts, Sierra Nevada College of Art Lo-Res MFA program, University of Oregon, and as an invited moderator for “Picnic with Sharon Lockhart” at The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Smart Museum, Latitude, and Next:Expo in Chicago IL. Paz presented "The Performance of Gender in Documentary Practices" at Society for Photographic Education at Purdue University in 2014. Dan presented projects "Untitled, Kodak, HD" and "The New Neutral" in the New Media Caucus at College Art Association in 2017 and currently sits as co-chair on the Queer Caucus for The College Art Association. Residencies include: El Centro Desarollo de Artes Visuales Residency in Havana, Cuba; Artist as Activisit with The Luminary in St. Louis, Missouri; and The Artist Studios of Key West Harold Artist Residency in Chesterhill, Ohio; Acre Artist residency in Steuben Wisconsin; Chicago Artist Coalitions’ Hatch Residency; LinksHall Link Up Residency. Currently, Dan is in a yearlong residency with Lee Center for the Arts, High Resolution Media Artists Residency, at Seattle University that will culminate in a solo exhibition in 2019. Paz received an MFA in in Visual Arts/Interdisciplinary Studies in Art Theory and Practice from The University of Chicago and a BFA in Video, minoring in Photography and Art History from The Atlanta College of Art. Paz lectures in the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Program in The School of Art, Art History, and Design, The Contemporary History of Ideas Program, and the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at The University of Washington.