Headlands Center for the Arts

Thematic Residency on Climate Equity

Building on the previous Climate Change Thematic Residency, the Climate Equity Thematic Residency was guided by the question “Given that climate change is exacerbating existing inequities, how can we as artists, scientists, policy makers, and advocates synchronize our efforts to promote justice?” Participants convened to address the effects, dangers, representation, and the cultural psychology of climate change.


Shahzeen Attari

Shahzeen works on environmental decision making at the individual level. Her research focuses on biases that shape people’s judgments and decisions about resource use and systems and how to motivate action on climate change. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. She is a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

Kat Austen

Kat is based in Berlin and is Cultural Fellow in Art and Science at the Cultural Institute, University of Leeds and Artist in the Arctic for Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (University of Cambridge), Bonhams and One Ocean Expeditions. She lectures at University College London’s Arts and Sciences BASc, and is Artist in Residence in UCL’s Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences. She worked as an environmental chemist at the University of Cambridge and holds a PhD in chemistry from UCL. She consults widely at the intersection of science, art, technology and participation, including as a Futureshaper for Forum for the Future, for the European Commission, Ofwat and DEFRA. http:// katausten.com

Gaye Chan

Gaye Chan is a conceptual artist who engages in both solo and collaborative activities that take place on the web, in publications, streets as well as galleries. Her recent work often ruminates on how cartography and photography simultaneously offer and occlude information. Past exhibition venues include Art in General (New York City), Articule (Montreal), Artspeak (Vancouver), Asia Society (New York City), Gallery 4A (Sydney), Honolulu Museum of Art (Honolulu), SF Camerawork (San Francisco), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), and YYZ Artist Outlet (Toronto). Chan received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a professor and the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. 

Torkwase Dyson

Torkwase Dyson describes herself as a painter who uses distilled geometric abstraction to create an idiosyncratic language that is both diagrammatic and expressive. The works are deconstructions of natural and built environments that consider how individuals negotiate and negate various types of systems and spatial order. Dyson’s work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Drawing Center, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Dyson has been awarded the Graham Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists, Visiting Artist grant to the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices. Fellowships include, Graham Foundation, Eyebeam Art,Technology Center Fellowship, and the FSP/Jerome Fellowship. Dyson’s work has also been supported by, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, The Laundromat Projects, the Green Festival of New York, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, The Kitchen, and the Rebuild Foundation. In 2016 Dyson was elected to the board of the Architecture League of New York as Vice President of Visual Arts. Torkwase is now based in Jersey City, NJ and is represented by Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago, and Davidson Contemporary in New York.

Melecio Estrella

As Associate Artistic Director of BANDALOOP, Melecio Estrella has led BANDALOOP in performances in Asia and the US, directing site specific vertical dance for live audiences of thousands. Melecio has also performed with the San Francisco Opera, Scott Wells and Dancers, Faye Driscoll among others. Melecio has been engaged as a choreographer for the San Francisco Opera Center’s esteemed Merola program. Along with his extensive experience as a creator and performer of Dance Theater and Vertical Dance, Melecio brings a breadth of knowledge on community engagement and education in the live arts. He is also Co-Artistic Director of performance company Fog Beast.

Nahal Ghoghaie

Nahal Ghoghaie is the Bay Area Program Lead for The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW), as well as the Policy Chair for the Bay Area’s Resilient Communities Initiative Coalition (RCI). She holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Tribal Leadership in Watershed Management and Climate Change Adaptation. She has devoted close to a decade to “fostering alliances for a resilient planet” through her roles at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, Earth Economics, Sound Ecosystems (her private consultancy), The California Resiliency Alliance, Alameda County Waste Management Authority, and now with EJCW and RCI. Nahal leads EJCW’s work as the Bay Area Proposition 1 Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program administrator, and serves as an Advisory Committee member for the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority.

Solange Gould

Solange Gould oversees the CDPH’s “Health in All Policies” initiative and the climate change and health teams. She provides expertise on integrating health and health equity into climate change, land use, transportation, housing, and related policies and plans.

Summer Gray

Summer Gray is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she teaches courses on infrastructure, adaptation, and the environment. She is also a founding member of the Climate Justice Project at UC Santa Barbara and a DIY filmmaker. Prior to joining the Environmental Studies Program in 2017, she was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at UC Santa Cruz.

Ayasha Guerin

Ayasha Guerin is an artist and scholar based in Brooklyn, New York. Her art and writing concern themes of the urban/natural, public and private space, ecology, community and security. A PhD candidate in NYU’s American Studies department, her research engages questions about the socio-ecological histories and the resiliencies of waterfront communities. She is currently a Fellow of Urban Practice at The Urban Democracy Lab. 

Ellie Irons

Ellie Irons works in a variety of media, from walks to WIFI to gardening, to reveal how human and nonhuman lives intertwine with other earth systems. Recently she has been an artist in residence at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University and the SVA Nature and Tech Lab. Recent exhibition venues include Wave Hill, the Queens Botanical Garden, Pioneer Works and the Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture in New York City, and Flora Arts and Nature in Bogotá, Colombia. Her garden projects have been featured at Sure We Can, a redemption center in Bushwick, 1067 PacificPeople, an art center in Crown Heights, and the Gallery at Industry City as part the Brooklyn Rail’s exhibition Social Ecologies. Her recent writing is published in Temporary Art ReviewThe Brooklyn Rail and Landscape Architecture Futures, and her tours have been presented by Chance Ecologies, Genspace, and Atlas Obscura. Irons received an MFA from Hunter College and is currently pursuing a PhD in Arts Practice, focusing on Public Fieldwork at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Andrew Jones

Andrew is Deputy Director of the Climate Readiness Institute and a research scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab where he leads the Earth Systems and Society Program Domain, and is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A climate scientist with interdisciplinary expertise, Andrew’s research portfolio spans economics, ecology and policy analysis in addition to earth system modeling.

Sona Mohnot

Sona Mohnot is a Program Manager and Policy Analyst at the Greenlining Institute. Sona graduated from Tulane Law in 2014 and received an LL.M in Environmental Law and Natural Resources from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2015. As the Environmental Equity Manager, she focuses on climate adaptation and resilience policy in California, specifically looking for ways to build community resilience in low-income communities of color.

Raj Pandya

Raj Pandya directs AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX). TEX helps volunteer scientists and community leaders work together to use science, especially Earth and space science, to advance community priorities related to sustainability, resilience, disaster risk reduction, and environmental justice. Raj chairs the National Academies committee on “Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning,” serves on the boards for Public Lab and the Anthropocene Alliance and is a member of the Independent Advisory Committee (IAC) on Applied Climate Assessment. He was a founding member of the board of the Citizen Science Association and has helped lead education and diversity related activities for the American Meteorological Society. As part of TEX, Raj helped launch the Resilience Dialogues – a public-private partnership that uses facilitated online dialogues to advance community resilience.

Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer on a mission to create profound and lasting social change in the world. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and sexual freedom. Favianna is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. In 2009, she co-founded Presente.org, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities. 

Nandita Sharma 

Nandita Sharma’s research interests address themes of human migration, migrant labour, nation-state power, racism and nationalism, and processes of identification and self-understanding. Nandita is an activist scholar whose research is shaped by the social movements she is active in, including No Borders movements and those struggling for the commons. Amongst her publications is her book, Home Economics: Nationalism and the Making of ‘Migrant Workers’ in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2006); a special issue of the journal, Refuge “No Borders: A Practical Response to State Controls on People’s Migration” that she co-edited; and a forthcoming book, Home Rule: National Sovereignty and the Separation of Natives and Migrants (Durham, NC: Duke University Press).

Mika Tosca

Mika Tosca is a full-time faculty member teaching climate sciences at SAIC and a climate scientist at JPL in the joint JPL-UCLA JIFRESSE program. Her research is focused on elucidating the impact of biomass burning (and other absorbing) aerosols on cloud dynamics, meteorology, and regional and global climate. She is also an affiliate researcher with the Clouds & Aerosols Group at JPL and on the MISR and AirMSPI science teams. She is also an out and proud transgender scientist (she/her pronouns). She earned my Ph.D. in Earth System Science at University of California, Irvine, in the Earth System Science Department.

Marina Zurkow

Marina Zurkow is a media artist focused on near-impossible nature and culture intersections. She uses life science, materials, and technologies – including food, software, clay, animation, mycelium, and petrochemicals (when necessary) to foster intimate connections between people and non-human agents. Her public art engagements have been supported by Creative Time, New York; LACE, Los Angeles; Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; The New Museum’s Ideas City, New York; Northern Lights.mn, Minneapolis; The Artist’s Institute, New York; 01SJ Biennial, San Jose, California; Rice University, Houston; Boston University; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; and Baruch College, New York. Zurkow is the recipient of a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. She has also been granted awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Creative Capital. She is on full time faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) in Tisch School of the Arts, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is represented by bitforms gallery.