FIFTY-FIFTY is an artist collective founded by Lisa Bulawsky and Laurencia Strauss, working at the intersection of individual experience and the public sphere, negotiating cultural tensions through socially engaged participatory art practices. Their work includes Portable Memories in Rising Seas at the Miami-Dade Public Library, Miami, FL and at The Studios of Key West in Key West, FL (2018), the first iteration of Stories for Fishes at O Cinema Wynwood, Miami FL (2016), Ferguson (with Emily Squires), as part of Signs in the Public Sphere in Knoxville, TN (2015). Proposals for future projects include Portable Memories in Rising Seas in other US coastal cities and Sea Alms in South Florida.
Lisa Bulawsky is an artist/printmaker known for her mixed media works on paper, installations, and temporary public projects. Her work explores the reciprocal influence of culture on the individual, especially as it is shaped by history and memory. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum in Roanoke, VA (2015) and the Martin Wong Gallery in San Francisco, CA (2014) as well as group exhibitions at the International Print Center in New York, the Opole Contemporary Art Gallery in Poland, and the International Print Biennale at Northern Print in the UK. She is Professor of Art at Washington University in St. Louis and the director of Island Press, the Sam Fox School’s collaborative publishing workshop.
Laurencia Strauss is a visual artist and trained landscape architect who investigates vulnerabilities and ingenuities of people and the places they inhabit. She creates experiences that challenge our interdependencies. Social actions, installations and projects in public spaces become platforms for conversations and rethinking normative systems. Her alternative site analyses rely on social engagement and share researching a place with the people who live there. Recent solo exhibitions include Infiltracao at Peninsula Gallery, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2016), Landlines at Penland School Gallery, North Carolina (2016), and Reclining Islands at Fort Gondo Compond for the Arts, St. Louis (2014). Group shows include Waterscapes at The Box Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale (2016), Hightide at Satellite, Miami Beach (2015), and Museo con Piernas, Chile (2014).