Stephanie Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Using critical wit and collaborative co-creation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. This has included starting a global collaborative project with crochet crafters to counterfeit high-end consumer goods, presenting parasitic art counterfeiting events, developing alternative vending economies, and other speculative propositions. Recent exhibitions include "Being: New Photography" at the Museum of Modern Art, "Public Knowledge," at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and “This Site is Under Revolution” at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. She will be featured in the upcoming exhibition "Disrupting Craft: the 2018 Renwick Invitational" at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington DC.
Born in the Philippines in 1974, Syjuco received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a 2009 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, and is featured in Season 9 of the PBS documentary series Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at MoMA/PS1, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ZKM Center for Art and Technology, the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, the 12th Havana Biennial, the 2015 Asian Art Biennial, among others. A long-time educator, she has taught at Stanford University, California College of the Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and is an Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of California at Berkeley. She lives and works in Oakland, California.