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Dorit Cypis

Dorit Cypis is an artist, educator, and mediator who has explored themes of history, identity, and social relations since the 1980s. At the core of her work is an exploration of the artist’s role as creator, educator, mediator, and community-builder—with a guiding question: “Who are we to each other?" Moving fluidly between the studio and the street, Cypis’s career covers a varied landscape: performance, photography, and immersive media installation; curriculum development and teaching at colleges and universities; civic programs building capacity for generative relations across differences; and publication on identity and social relations. She has exhibited across the US and internationally including at the Whitney Museum, San Francisco Art Museum, Walker Art Center and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Cypis has worked with many cultural, civicm and educational organizations as a trainer, communications consultant and dialogue facilitator. She is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders International, helping to build local and global capacity for conflict engagement, and founded Kulture Klub Collaborative in 1992, bringing artists and homeless youth together to bridge survival and inspiration, building self-knowledge, expression, and social engagement. In 2014, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Rauschenberg Foundation Residency. Cypis received a Master of Fine Arts, California Institute for the Arts and a Masters of Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and raised in Montreal, she currently lives in Los Angeles.

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