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In a practice built upon exploratory sampling from many different mediums, my work seeks to understand the invisible, both through my personal spiritual practices and my collaborative work with incarcerated individuals. I braid together the possibility of multiple realities beyond the here and now by carefully considering the treatment of materials in order to cultivate the transfiguration of systems. Mixed-realities become liberated architectures that playfully defang technologies of punishment and confinement.

In a collaborative search, I seek to disarm the evolution of our violent institutions and social systems through the representation of new realities. I synthesize images, objects and materials that map pathways of healing within our volatile prison ecosystems which render people invisible and cause irreparable harm.



Maggie Hazen is New York-based visual artist, activist, and experimental filmmaker from Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited, screened, and performed at the Bronx Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Tolerance, CICA Museum, South Korea, Granoff Center at Brown University, Pulse Miami Beach as part of Pulse Play, The Boston Young Contemporaries exhibition, and the Center for Photography at the University of California Riverside as part of Southern California’s Pacific Standard Time; among others.

Public works include Hidden in Plein Site, a billboard about carceral landscapes in the Catskill Mountains, Transmimic, a projection on the Manhattan Bridge, and Of Departed Delineations, a transformative memory commemorating the 1992 LA Riots. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at venues throughout the United States and internationally, including New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and Philadelphia.

Hazen has had fellowships, grants, and residencies from Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY; AIM Fellowship at the Bronx Museum, Squeaky Wheel Media Arts Center, New York State Council on the Arts/Wave Farm; Lighthouse Works Visual Artist Fellowship; Vermont Studio Center and the Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art in Switzerland; and many others.

Current projects in her ongoing series of work Fraught Imaginaries have evolved through personal collaboration with incarcerated individuals in New York State at the Columbia Secure Center for Girls, the Brookwood Secure Center for Youth, and the Shawangunk Correctional Facility. In 2020 Hazen founded the Columbia Collective, an exhibiting group of emerging female/trans incarcerated and formerly incarcerated artists dedicated to exercising their gifts of creative freedom.

She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, NYU, The Stevens Institute of Technology, The Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, and as part of the Bard College Clemente courses in the humanities. She is a visiting artist-in-residence at Bard College in the Studio Arts program. She has studied at Brown University, MIT, and the European Graduate School. She holds a BFA from Biola University in California and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.


maggie.m.hazen @ gmail.com



For Freedoms Newsroom @ Brooklyn Museum Talking Back: Artists of the Columbia Collective @ Foreland
Columbia Collective & Maggie Hazen @ Pioneer Works Moving Picture Show @ Foreland
SFA Projects
Bronx Calling @ the Bronx Museum
On The Walls and Politics Panel, Bronx Museum
Pioneer Works Corner Gallery
Vox Populi
De:Formal Artist in Residence
Microscope, “YES” Online emerging artist screening

Times Union: Talking Back
Chronogram: Talking Back
The Imprtint: Talking Back
Chronogram: Moving Picture Show
Pioneer Works Technology Resident Interview
The Art Newspaper by Kendra Walker
Phily Artblogy by L Autumn Gnadinger
Remote Reviews
Pioneer Works Separate Sundays Radio Broadcast

De:Formal Resident Interview
Remote Reviews
Pulse Play
Cool Hunting
Digital America
CICA Museum
OBO Microscope Gallery
Made In Mind Magazine
White Hot Magazine
Bard Responds to a Global Pandemic
Of Departed Delinations