Singing on a
Sinking Ship

illustration by
Shin Moon

graphic design by
Pete Valenti

curated by
Llio Zogra

Singing on a Sinking Ship defies logic. How is this flying machine high in the sky?  When we say, this ship was sinking, we mean tragedy struck, our ship became helmless—though it also grew wings. The artists in this residency circuit willed this ship out of the ocean and into the sky. They are the community who came together to create something bigger than their individual practices. This residency program spans 76 weeks of one-week residencies. It is artists making amongst a pandemic. It is a reflection of resilience and passion, of creative community.

llio sophia, Curator


29 Lives

graphic design by
Pete Valenti

exhibiting artist
Llio Zogra

curated and
exhibition designed by
Ezra Arsenault

This exhibition has 22 pages
to view them all you must navigate 2x+

To navigate click on text or image and be taken to the next page

Llio is fonder of metaphor than the cut and dry but I wanted to be perfectly clear before you enter this next page that this is like a book that must be read multiple times to pull all of the meaning out of it except that no amount of careful first reading will stop you from missing whole chapters.

Llio and I live together therefore I know that they work on their practice (and pedagogy) relentlessly. Like a spider they weave against time, as if without doing so they wouldn’t have a home. Cobwebs and a mind map are one and the same: a network of dense, translucent, spindley lines intersecting and dissecting in three dimensions. This web collapses thirteen years of labor into one.

a hand
in a hand

video still by
llio sophia

lecture by
llio sophia

We are the shoulders the next generation will stand on. The stories passed like lips kiss like fallen snow on a warm summer’s day. Our bodies are made of our conversations. Our performance histories must be shared and continue to be shared. New adventures will be had and more tales will surface. New voices will change our perspectives. But, like Virginia Woolf says in her work, A Room of One’s Own, “masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.” Storytelling is the generated wisdom after hurdles are stumbled over and mountains that are so high you’re all of a sudden surrounded by orange clouds when you climb them. It is mistakes made and successes won. Storytelling is survival.

llio sophia, Lecturer
Current AIR

Romina Gonzales

location | new york city, us
AIR April 20 – 26, 2021

Romina Gonzales is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, writing, performance and sound. A Peruvian native, raised along the Pacific ocean in the midst an internal armed conflict, Gonzales' work is informed by social and political structures of power that are internalized, questioning perception, interpretation and subjectivity from a post-colonial lens.

Exhibitions and collections include the Museum of American Glass, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, Vitraria Museum in Venice, Italy and Fundación Euroidiomas in Lima, Perú. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, CBS New York, Hyperallergic, and New Glass Review by the Corning Museum of Glass, among others. She graduated from New York University in 2013 (B.F.A) after previously attending Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

︎Romina’s IG
︎Romina’s Website

Current Exhibiting Artist


location | chicago, us
Released January 29, 2021

llio sophia is a neuroqueer individual who radiates mad scientist energy. Everyone always assumes sunflowers are llio’s favorite flower, and they’re not wrong. They have unexpectedly received sunflowers at birthdays, openings, and once was gifted two bouquets at a going away party from two different people. When they were first hospitalized for psychosis, they pulled those same bouquets out of their pockets. They recited Since Feeling is First by memory, by heart. llio is a self-taught poet who spends their summers lifeguarding at the local swimming pool and their winters drinking too many cups of coffee. In the springtime they try not to slaughter flowers and during the autumn they fall in love with the fire of their surroundings, every year, all over again. llio cherishes their role as Executive Director of Holly and the Neighbors.

My role is a conductor standing at the front of an asymmetrical orchestra conveying untold tales and unheard histories encouraging these notes to form in unison catalyzing a cacophonous symphony. I value centering historically marginalized stories. Encouraging mythology-making and allowing pathways for people to access their discomfort in a comfortable way. Listening, deeply, to each other’s experiential knowledge and decision making in a collective and holistic way in order to to move us toward an equitable future.

︎llio’s website
Current Lecturer


location | chicago, us
Released March 11, 2021

As a New York University trained studio artist, llio is currently studying to be a master of performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They are the first in their family to be admitted to graduate school. llio is drowning in student loan debt—though they are not rolling the dice in choosing to advance their education. They are investing in themselves, in the people around them, and in our collective future.

︎llio’s exorcism