I’m Staci Bu Shea. Born in 1988, I’m from Miami, Florida. I’m a curator and writer living in Utrecht, The Netherlands. My pronoun.is/they.  

Broadly, I focus on aesthetic and poetic practices of social reproduction and care work, as well as its manifestations in interpersonal relationships and daily life, community organizing and institutional practice.

I’m a curator at Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons since 2017. Right now I have a special interest in archiving and commoning the “clerical,” as well as arts accessibility from a disability justice perspective. 

With Rizvana Bradley I’ve embarked on a study trajectory called “Poetics of Living” to explore already existing and emerging non-normative forms of living together in consideration of rapidly changing discourses around sexuality, health, communal life, and death.

Stemming from this, I’m working on an artistic and poetic research project called Dying Livingly, which looks at the ways communal life and interior architecture of hospice inform one another and highlights emergent cultures of end of life care. Since 2019 I help out at a beloved local hospice. Recently I’ve started a death midwifery practice which involves planning, organizing, and holistic support. 

In the past, I co-curated Barbara Hammer: Evidentiary Bodies (2017) at Leslie Lohman Museum of Art (NY) with Carmel Curtis, and graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College with the group exhibition Emphasis Repeats (2016) at Hessel Museum of Art (NY). From 2011-2014 I worked as a studio manager and assistant to Jacksonville-based artist Jim Draper. 

Below are some upcoming and recent highlights of what I am doing:

October 2021 - January 2022 - Crip club (for every body), with Pernilla Manjula Philip, seminar course in the Design Department of Sandberg Institute

27-28 September 2021 - The Grand Finale, with Mira Thompson, text contribution to Softer Structures and the Social Dimension, organized by UKS at Bergen Kjøtt, NO

August-September 2021 - A New Culture of Accessibility, with Mira Thompson, Metropolis M, print

20 May 2021 - Barn's burnt down – now I can see the moon with CA Conrad, Camisha L. Jones, and Ching-In Chen, ASL interpretation and CART, graphic recording by Radical Roadmaps, as part of Wxtch Craft spring cycle: The poisons, the remedies, co-curated with Leana Boven, presented by Studium Generale KABK and Casco Art Institute

13 May 2021 - Access Intimacy with Mia Mingus, opening contribution by Not a Playground, ASL interpretation and CART, graphic recording by Radical Roadmaps, as part of Wxtch Craft spring cycle: The poisons, the remedies, co-curated with Leana Boven, presented by Studium Generale KABK and Casco Art Institute

2 April 2021 - Kasvio Restaurant in Utrecht, co-curated the artworks within the restaurant interior with chef Mari Pitkänen

17 March 2021 - Dying Livingly with Barbara Hammer, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie

27 February 2021 - Learning from griefMetropolis M, print and digital, audio available

13 April 2020 - Care in times of CareMetropolis M, print and digital

2019-2020 - Casco’s COOP study group All about my mother, Dutch Art Institute