Biography

Video, new media, and interactive technologies are a part of Stefani Byrd’s profile. Byrd is most noted for her interactive temporary public art installations that create “empathy training” experiences for the audience. These works are a hybrid of video and performance art that both disorient and re-orient the viewer. Her work is both playful and sophisticated, drawing the viewer into active and often interactive engagement. Her practice aims to shed light on the complicated nature of communication within a contemporary culture where social stereotypes often define our interactions. Often, Byrd’s work confronts or undermines these stereotypes by turning the tables on traditional power relationships. She has received grants and support from groups such as: Creative Capital of New York, Flux Projects, the InLight Richmond Festival, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, and Idea Capital. Her work has been featured in such places as the Public Art Review Magazine, the Public Art Archive, the Huffington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and Art Papers Magazine. Byrd’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Columbus Museum of American Art, and the Diane Marek Collection and Trust. She received her B.F.A. degree in photography from Georgia State University in 2008. She is a current M.F.A. candidate at the University of California San Diego with an emphasis in Art + Technology. She currently lives and works in San Diego, California.

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