ROMEO ALAEFF

Berlin-based Romeo Alaeff was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1970. Initially studying Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics, he received his BA in Photography from Tulane University in 1993 and his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996.

His work has exhibited internationally in major museums and galleries including: The Lyon Biennale (France), Artists Space (NYC), The International Print Center (NYC), The Dundee Contemporary Arts Center (Scotland), The Brooklyn Academy of Music (NYC), The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia), The Chelsea Art Museum (NYC), The NY Video Festival (Lincoln Center, NYC), the Kunsthall (Rotterdam), Witte de With in conjunction w/ the International Film Festival (Rotterdam), the National Museum (Madrid), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Barcelona), The Dallas Museum of Art (Texas) and The Cartier Foundation (Paris).

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Alaeff’s work is the product of an obsession with the mechanisms through which individuals and societies acquire, ratify and exploit knowledge – specifically, how the couriers of knowledge (e.g. family, education, religion, mass media, etc.), informs worldviews, belief systems and identity. Moreover, Alaeff is interested in how knowledge influences and justifies behavior, especially ethical or amoral behavior on both personal and political scales. Alaeff’s process is investigatory and the work often interactive, implicitly asking the viewer to project their own personal narratives on to the work to “complete” them. Alaeff seems to be drawn to the beauty, evil, and strangeness that the dichotomies of life present and his work is an attempt to study and recreate it in the context of an artistic practice.

Born    New York City

Education

1996  MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

1993  BA, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

Awards / Scholarships / Residencies

2008

Artist Residency, Marfa, Texas, USA

Artist Residency, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgum

2007

Artist Residency, Glenfiddich, Scotland

2001-2004

Fiscal Sponsorship, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA): “Gabriel-Ten Years in the Life of a Boy”

1997

2nd Place, “Family Portraits”, Judah Magnes Museum’s 4th Annual Video Competition, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, USA

Selected Exhibitions / Publications / Screenings

2017

Benefit Exhibition & Silent Auction, The Drawing Hub,
Berlin, Germany

The End, Let’s Start Again, Donau 83, Berlin, Germany

2012

Benefit Exhibition & Silent Auction, International Print Center (IPCNY), New York City, USA

One Night Stand, Kim, Berlin, Germany

Turtle Salon, Meter Room, Coventry, UK

Turtle Salon, Grey Area, Brighton, UK

New Prints, International Print Center (IPCNY),
New York City, USA

Cut25 Exhibition, Yigal Azrouël, SoHo Flagship opening,
New York City, USA

Believe, Culture Unplugged Film Festival

2011

Book Launch and Exhibition, Powerhouse Arena, Dumbo, Brooklyn, USA

Book Release: “I’ll be dead by the time you read this: The Evolution of Despair” (Plume/Penguin, Dec, 2011)

2010

Benefit Auction, First Presbyterian Church Nursery School

Benefit Auction Housing Works New York City, USA

10thAnniversary Benefit Auction, International Print Center (IPCNY), New York City, USA

Book: “Stuck up Piece of Crap, Sticker: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art” von DB Burkeman, Shepard Fairy, Carlo McCormic & Monica Locascio (Rizzoli, 2010)

2009

Traveling Show: New Prints 2009/Winter, International Print Center (IPCNY) at Columbia College, Chicago and the Southern Graphics Council Conference

The Sonic Self II, The State Hermitage Museum / Center for Contemporary Arts, St. Petersburg, Russia & Chennai, India

Solo Show, Samuel Owen Gallery, Marfa, TX, USA

2008

New Prints, (Kuratiert von Jane Hammond), International
Print Center (IPCNY) & The New York School of Interior Design,
New York City, USA

The Sonic Self II, The Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, USA

Solo Show, Samuel Owen Gallery, Marfa, TX, USA

Collected Unconscious, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn, USA

Momma’s Boy, Bait Banamal, Comme-il-faut Center,
Tel Aviv, Israel

2007

Made at DCA, Collaborative Artist Print Editions, Dundee Contemporary Arts Center (DCA), Abertay University Gallery, Dundee, Scotland

Exibition, Glenfiddich Gallery, Dufftown, Scotland

2005

Wrong Way (Video Selections, Vlatka Horvat), Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia

April Meetings, V.I.P. Gallery, Belgrad, Serbia

2004

Based on a True Story, Artists Space, New York City, USA

Around Narrative, Kino Tuškanac, One Take Film Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

2003

Home-made: Video Screenings (Forced Entertainment), Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

16th Annual Dallas Video Festival, Dallas Museum of Art,
Dallas, TX, USA

The Sonic Self, Chelsea Art Museum, New York City, USA

Screening, Sugar, New York City, USA

2003

Pop Music & Art, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York City, USA

The Illuminated Self, Aquatic Creations, New York City, USA

2002

My Father Told Me, Suite 106 (Popiashvili & Newman Gallery), New York, NY

Motion, 450 Gallery, New York City, USA

Photo 2002, Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York City, USA

Monique Goldstrom Gallery Exhibition, Queensborough Community College, New York, USA

Screening, Halcyon, Brooklyn, USA

Video Lounge: Narrative, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Holland

2001

Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon 2001, Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon, France

Traveling Show: Bodywrappinc. (Kollaboration mit Annette Meyer), Spiral Garden (Spiral Wacoal Art Center), Tokyo,
Japan; Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Niederlande; Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan

Inaugural Exhibition, Suite 106 (Popiashvili & Newman Gallery), New York City, USA

2000

Somewhat Corrupt, Plaza Gallery, Fordham University,
New York City, USA

American Living Room Film and Video Salon, HERE Art Center, New York City, USA

Black Box Video Shorts, The College Art Gallery, Ewing, NJ, USA

1999

Nomadic Nights: Home Screen Home, Cartier Foundation (Foundation Cartier Pour l’Art Contemporain), Paris, France

Sitcom: Compromising Positions, Galerie Montenay-Giroux,
Paris, France

Home Screen Home, John Baldessari 4RMS W VU, National Museum (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia),
Madrid, Spain

The Photographic Persona, University of Louisville, Allen R. Hite Art Institute, Louisville, KY, USA

Knotes on Moving Images: Speaking in Public, 57 Hope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Sitcom: Compromising Positions, Anton Weller Gallery,
Paris, France

1998

Home Screen Home, John Baldessari 4RMS WVU, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain

Einzelausstellung, Osmos, Berlin, Germany

Home Screen Home, John Baldessari 4RMS W VU, Witte de With (in association with the International Film Festival), Rotterdam, Holland

Knotes on Moving Images: Speaking in Public, 57 Hope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Space-Time Discontinuum, Taos Talking Picture Festival,
Taos, NM, USA

The Computer in Art, Edison State College, Piqua, OH, US

1997

Film Society of Lincoln Center: 6th Annual Video Festival:
High Tech-Lo Fi, Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater,
New York City, USA

10th Annual Dallas Video Festival, The Texas Show and Jewish Families, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA

12 Minutes Max: The Text and Image, Diverse Works, Houston, TX

Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Show, Fishbone Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA

4th Annual Jewish Film Festival, Judah Magnes Museum,
Berkeley, CA, USA

Providence Filmmaker’s Film Festival, AS220, Providence, RI, USA

Film Society of Lincoln Center: Lunchtime at the Wall, Thundergulch: Arts & Technology Bldg., 55 Broad Street,
New York City, USA

1996

Reconstructions: New Alternative Documentaries, Mobius,
Boston, MA, USA

PhotoVideo, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

MFA Exhibition, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

From Fact to Fiction, Video Space, Boston, MA, USA

1994

Photography Biennial, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, USA

Art by the Inch, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI, USA

1993

Art for Art’s Sake, Icons Gallery, New Orleans, LA, USA


Selected Academic Screenings/
Course Curriculums

2006

Masters Thesis Seminar (Cay Sophie Rabinowitz), Parsons,
New York City, USA

2004

More than One (Christian Rattemeyer), Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA

2001

Masters Thesis Seminar (Cay Sophie Rabinowitz), Parsons,
New York, NY, USA

1999

American Studies: Religion & Society in American Literature (Bryan Stone), University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA

1998

Video Techniques & Technology (Ruby Baresch),
New York University, New York City, USA

The Displaced Person, Literature Beyond the Canon (Cay Sophie Rabinowitz), Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

1997

Screening, Williams College (Anita Davis), Williamstown, MA, USA

1996

Independent Feature Film (John Carstarphen), Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

Teaching/Lecture/Critique/Panels

2006

Presentation/Lecture, Masters Thesis Development Program (Cay Sophie Rabinowitz), Parsons School of Design (The New School), July, 2006

2004

Artist Panel, Based on a True Story, Artist’s Space, October 23, 2004

Visiting Artist, More than One (Christian Rattemeyer), Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, October 14, 2004

2003

Presentation/Lecture, Jewish Heritage Program, New York, NY, October 24, 2003

2001

Visiting Artist, MFA Program (Cay Sophie Rabinowitz), Parsons School of Design (The New School), December, 2001

Presentation/Lecture, Masters Thesis Development Program (Cay Sophie Rabinowitz), Parsons School of Design (The New School), October, 2001

1999

Jury, Best of New York 1999 Addy Awards, Hill Holiday, New York, NY, February 19, 1999

Guest Critic, Masters in Design & Technology Thesis Review (Colleen Macklin), Parsons School of Design (The New School), January 20, 1999

1988

Visiting Artist, Photography I (Sue Wrbican), Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY April 13, 1998

Visiting Artist, Special Topics in Photography (Ron Jude), University of Georgia, Athens, GA, January 14, 1998

1997

Presentation/Lecture, Educational Psychology: Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning, Graduate College of Education (Dr. Dennis Thompson), Georgia State University, April 13, 1997

1996

Photography Instructor, Bending Oaks High School, Dallas, TX, Fall 1996

Photography Lab Instructor, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Spring, 1996

Visiting Artist, Photography II (Sue Wrbican), Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Spring, 1996

1995

Photography II Instructor, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Fall, 1995

Assistant Teacher, Photography I (Henry Horenstein), Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Spring, 1995

Guest Critic, Photography II (Vivian Poey/Barbara Columbo), Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Spring, 1995

1994

Guest Critic, Hypertext (Bob Arellano), Brown University, Providence, RI, Fall, 1994

2017

Mixmag, 10 Year Anniversary Edition, (Photo credit), “Moments of the Decade No. 6 – 06/02/2014, Rolling Stone reports on the “Secretive Sex Fuelled World of Techno’s Coolest Club”, Berlin’s Berghain)”, (2017)

Groove Magazine, (Photo Credit), Alexis Waltz, “Ben Klock, Eine Eigene DJ-Grammatik”, July/Aug., 2017

Berliner Zeitung Print (Front Page Story), Clemens Schnur, “Berliner Nacht: Facetten einer dunklen Stadt”, (February 17, 2017)

Berliner Zeitung Online, Clemens Schnur, “Fotoprojekt: Diese Bilder zeigen die echte Berliner Nacht”, (February 16, 2017)

Mit Vergnügen, Charlott Tornow, “Unterwegs zur Geisterstunde – Der Fotograf Romeo Alaeff zeigt eine andere Seite Berlins”, (January 23, 2017)

Forbes Magazine, (Photo credit), Denise Restauri, “How This Woman Found Pride And Success Beyond Her Career”, (May 24, 2017)

2016

Berlin Art Link, “CITIES // Systems of Control: An Interview with Romeo Alaeff”, (May 20, 2016)

2011

Oprah’s Book Club, Leigh Newman, “11 books you thought you’d read, but will fall in love with instantly.”, (Oprah.com, December 2011)

New York Review of Books, Renee C. Fountain, “Review: I’ll Be Dead by the Time You Read This: The Existential Life of Animals”, (November, 2011)

[defective] GEEKS, Space Pirate Queen,
“Book Review: I’ll Be Dead by the Time You Read This: The Existential Life of Animals”, (November, 2011)

Book: “I’ll be Dead by the Time You Read This: The Existential
Life of Animals
”, (Plume/Penguin, December, 2011)

Press-Citizen.com, Jake Nelson, “If Animals Could Speak
They’d Need Therapy Too”, (November, 2011)

Our Town Down Town, Our Town East Side & The West Side Spirit (Manhattan Media), Aspen Matis, “Romeo Alaeff Examines the Human Animal”, (November, 2011)

Antenna Magazine, Ashley Conde, “Evidence: Romeo Alaeff”, (November, 2011)

Berlin Art Link.com, Monica Salazar, “On the Road Series: Artist Studio Visit”, (February, 2011)

2010

Book: “Stuck up Piece of Crap, Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art” by DB Burkeman, Shepard Fairy, Carlo McCormic & Monica Locascio (Rizzoli, September. 2010)

New York Press, Rachel Reeves, “Catching Up with Romeo Alaeff”, (October 7, 2010)

Antenna Magazine, Erika Yorio, “Romeo Alaeff: Case Study”, (August, 2010)

Gopher Illustrated Online, Michu Benaim, “Romeo Shows Us
His Tapeworm”, (July, 2010)

Gopher Illustrated, Print Pull Out Stickers (“Issue #1,” June, 2010)

Paper Magazine, Alexis Swerdloff, “The subversive and the sticky”, (Summer, 2010)

2007

The Scotsman, Susan Mansfield, “Vintage Works”, Schottland, (September 21, 2007)

The Dundee Messenger, Donna Holford-Lovell, “Made at DCA”, Schottland, (August 28, 2007)

Priority Life ,“Art Symposium”, Taiwan, (p.78, Autumn 2007)

Artist, Taiwan, (No.390, p.396, November 2007)

CANS, Taiwan (No.31, p.86, August 2007)

IW, Taiwan (No.56, p.38, July 2007)

Men’s Uno ,“Artistry Spirit”, Taiwan (No.98, p.385 October 2007)

Madame Figaro, Taiwan (p.10, July 2007)

Beverage Media: Metro New York, “News Front”, New York, NY (August 2007)

2003

Vacarme, Anne Bertrand, “John Clare, forét, amours, folie-poésie” (Photo, p.100), Paris France, (Autumn, 2003, n.25)

NY Arts Magazine, Nuit Banai, “Mobilizing Difference”, New York, NY, (p.42 June, 2003)

Zycie Pabianic , Andrzej Adamczewski, “Zakrecona”,Pabianice, Poland (p.6 April 3, 2003)

Dallas Morning News, Manuel Mendoza, “Dallas Video Festival-Worth Watching this Weekend”, Dallas, TX (p.4J March 21, 2003)

2002

NY Arts Magazine, Pal Moore, “Motion”, New York, NY, ( Vol.7, April, 2002)

2001

Biennale de Lyon, Connivence, 2001 Catalog, Anne Bertrand, “Un Monde, Lyon, Frankreich” (pp.27-28, September, 2001)

1999

Parachute Magazine, Anne Bertrand, “Home Screen Home. Programme de Videos Realisees par des Artists Pour la Television Entre 1970-1999”, Montreal, Quebec, (No.96, p.62, Oct/Dec., 1999)

Visual Arts, Bruce Nixon, “The Photographic Persona”, Lousiville, KY, (p.42, December 8, 1999)

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