ABOUT IRENE SOSA

Irene Sosa, Associate Professor. Fulbright Scholar; MFA Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; Licenciatura in Mass Communication, Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Irene Sosa began working in film in 1982 and since then has making documentaries. She has also worked as camera-person and editor in film and video, and collaborated with other artists in many multimedia installations and dance performances.

In 2016 she finished Vertical Slum, a project that takes up issues of architecture and culture, and how buildings reflect the ever-changing social reality. The documentary will focus on a building with great architectural pretentions in the heart of Caracas that was left unfinished and abandoned after a huge economic crisis in 1989. In 2007 the building was taken over by some 200 families and has since become a “vertical slum” housing some 5,000 people.

Her previous work, Shopping to Belong  2007 explores the search for cultural citizenship in the Latino community through consumerism.

In 2004 she was commissioned by the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea in Galicia, Spain to make an anthology of her work on artist Nancy Spero  (13 documentaries) as part of a retrospective of the artist. Two of these documentaries are included in the DVD Spero/Golub produced by Kartemquin films.

Her work has been shown in many national and international venues and has received recognition in the press both here and abroad.

Sosa has been the recipient of various grants and awards, including: an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a fellowship from The Andrea Frank Foundation, an Individual Artist grant from the New York State Council for the Arts. She has also received five PSC-CUNY Research Awards as well as a Brooklyn College Creative Achievement Award.