Rebecca Shapass

First-Year MFA Candidate
Photograph of Rebecca Shapass




Rebecca Shapass works at the intersection of moving-image, installation, and performance to deconstruct traditional narratives surrounding femininity and womxnhood through the study of personal and collective memory. Framed by the ideology “the personal is political,” Shapass’ process combines diaristic elements with archival footage, critical texts, and the use of her body in performance in front of and behind the camera. Tackling greater historical and social narratives, her work aims to address the shifting place of womxn within time’s flux through the themes of sexuality, identity, and the body.

Prior to her relocation to Pittsburgh, Shapass worked as a film editor, arts educator, and community organizer in her native New York City. In 2018-19, Rebecca was a part of Smack Mellon’s Artist Studio Program where she was also a NY Community Trust Van Lier Fellow. Previously, she has been a resident at NURTUREart (Brooklyn, NY), Signal Culture (Owego, NY), and Crosstown Arts (Memphis, TN). Rebecca received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Film & Television and Art History.

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