Savona Bailey-McClain and Nadia DeLane are proud to announce the July artists for our Visual Muze Artist Residency on Governors Island. We have Valérie Hallier, Hilary Brown-Istrefi, Lamy Istrefi, Krista Knight, Lucas Recchione Gentzsch Mia Martelli, Laurel Richardson and Yalan Wen.

 Artist Bios

Multimedia artist Valérie Hallier came to the US with a Fulbright Scholarship after graduating from the ENSAD in her native Paris, France. In NYC, she received a MFA from SVA. Her work is being shown internationally. Main solo shows include “Screened Calls & Slow Portraits” at Medianoche gallery (NYC) and “Portraits Lents” at the ESAM, Caen, France. Group show locations include the LMCC Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Council, A.I.R. gallery, Housatonic Museum (CT), ACM Siggraph (FL) and SCAN Arts Symposium (PA.) Commissioned by the Drawing Center (NYC) for Draw Now! Hallier was also selected for BRIC Media Arts’ first Biennial. Residencies include LMCC Swing Space on Governor Island, Pioneer Works with the NY Theremin Society and NARS Foundation.

Valérie Hallier’s multimedia work consists of series and installations that reflect on the illusion of control. By way of practices and rituals like ranking all people she knows, portraying someone ad nauseam or drawing her every thought – each project explores the absurdity and the poetry of exhaustive study. By exposing technology’s processes along with her own obsessive workings, Hallier’s work renders a contemporary character and generates an exquisite tension between the humanistic and mechanistic sense of Being. Her current explorations with flowers and screaming expand on the exhaustive process while focusing on public interaction and the representation of the feminine.

Hilary Brown-Istrefi is a New York City based choreographer, performer, and arts administrator, originally from Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of École de danse contemporarine de Montréal, and has since performed for international dance and visual artists including Bouchra Ouizguen, Jillian Peña, Doug Elkins, Linda Tegg, and Candice Breitz. In 2013 she co-founded the award-winning performance collective, Same As Sister (S.A.S.), with Briana Brown-Tipley. Based in Toronto and NYC, S.A.S. was initiated to make experimental narrative performance accessible to a diverse audience through collaborative and interdisciplinary practices. Brown-Istrefi formed HB² PROJECTS in 2017, as a choreographic platform to expand her collaborations in performance.



Brooklyn resident Bajram Istrefi Jr., aka LAMY, is a jazz drummer, percussionist and composer who was born in Mitrovice (Republic of Kosovo), where he grew up and started his musical career at the age of 13, playing different percussion instruments of his native folk music.Mr. Istrefi’s growing interest in jazz music led, at the age of 16, to his enrollment at the renowned University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz (KUG) Austria, where he studied drums/percussion, and soon found a place in the local jazz scene, where he started to create his own voice in music. 


Professor Krista Knight’s work has been produced or developed at NYTW, The Vineyard Theatre, New Georges, Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Playwrights Center of MN, Cradle Theatre, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Ars Nova Ant Fest, Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival, Inkwell, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Dutch Kills, among others. She has written 16 full length plays, 5 full length musicals, 17 plays and musicals for young audiences, and sold a screenplay.

Commissions include a teen dance-a-thon to the death musical with Broadway composer Dave Malloy, the script for a ride at Tokyo Disneyland, The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Case Western Reserve University School of Biomedical Engineering, and The Assembly.

Professor Knight has been in residence at La Napoule Art Foundation, Tofte Lake, The Orchard Project, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Page 73’s Summer Residency at Yale, Santa Fe Art Institute, NYTW Summer Residency at Dartmouth, UCROSS, Yaddo, and The MacDowell Colony.

Professor Knight teaches Playwriting and Screenwriting at Vanderbilt and produces new work festivals every semester with her classes, including the One Minute Stage and Screen Festival (OMSSF) and Vanderbinge: Rapid Fire Scenes. 


Lucas Recchione Gentzsch (USA 1984) lives and works in Berlin. He holds an M.A in Architecture from the University of Applied Sciences, Stuttgart, a B.A. from Tufts University and B.F.A from the Museum School of Fine Arts.

Working as an architect proved in practice, that the spread of digital media and our perception of spaces and images was shifting. In response, LRG dedicated his studio art practice to making these changes more tangible through painting, drawings, and installation.

This pursuit geared his efforts towards the evolving dialogue between painting and digital photography. He began to question the reliance on the digital image. Damaged and glitched digital snapshots serve as a reference for his paintings exposing the tenuous relation between recorded memory and personal memory.

Laurel Richardson
is an interdisciplinary artist based in NYC. She received her MFA in Fine Arts degree from Parsons School Of Design in 2020. Recent exhibitions include: This is Not Enough, at Slag Gallery in NYC; The Next Generation of Artists: MFA 2020 Artsy online exhibition; and the 2019 AXA Art Prize exhibition tour. Richardson performed at The Kitchen in Dance in a Future with All Present in 2019. She danced professionally for modern dance companies and in Regional Broadway Theatre for several years. As a Parsons Student Research Award recipient, Richardson traveled to Ghana during the 400 Year Anniversary of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 



Yalan Wen is an artist based in New York City who works on computational images, new media installations and motion graphics. Born and raised in Taiwan, she developed her curiosity about art and science by observing nature. Her work explores the subtle events that happen beyond the surface, finding the balance between simplicity and subtle philosophical interpretations. Graphic design is the foundation of her visual language, which she continued to develop in the MFA Computer Arts program at the School of Visual Arts. Her most recent interactive installations incorporate programming, experimental music composition, visual graphics and physical computing.