Hannah Hughes is an artist based in Los Angeles currently focused on performative work engaged with philosophical questions provoked by contemporary experience. Recently, she has performed for Maiden LA in Los Angeles, Boxo Projects in Joshua Tree, California, the Contemporary Art Center in Santa Fe, Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, and The American Academy in Rome.
She obtained her MA in Philosophy of Media from European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland where she studied with director Claire Denis, writer and publisher of Semiotexte Sylvere Lotringer, philosopher Jean Luc Nancy, and curator Hubertus Amelunxen. Her EGS thesis, Theory on Holiday was published by Atropos Press, Dresden in May 2014 titled Together to the Beach. In 2011 she did a residency at Mountain School of the Arts in Los Angeles with Piero Golia, Steve Hanson, Simone Forti , and Richard Jackson. At Hunter College in NYC she studied in the MFA painting program under Robert Morris. She did her undergraduate studies at Columbia University, UC Berkeley and Syracuse in Madrid, receiving her BA in Art History from Mills College.
A residency (Nov 2015) at Boxo Projects in Joshua Tree, California revolved around two investigations specific to the ecology and culture of the area - learning to ride off-road motorcycles in Wonder Valley and foster caring for a baby desert tortoise- that culminated in an exhibition and series of performances. Two months (Nov- Dec 2014) as visiting artist at The American Academy in Rome were spent working on performances placed within the tradition of the Roman public sculptures and at Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro her five week (July 2015) research focused on improvisation in public space and the melancholic carnivalesque body. During May 2014 she worked in Rio de Janeiro on Cuts, using the activity of haircutting in atypical environments as a lens, with the support of Green My Favela director Lea Rekow.