MIRELLE ZACHARIS

Mirelle Zacharis is a Twin Cities native who has worked in and around the performing and visual arts for many years both in Minneapolis and in New York City. A graduate of the Perpich Center’s Arts High School, she also holds a B.A. in Religious and Cultural Studies from New School University. She is trained primarily in creative writing, social theory, and religious mythologies. It is through these lenses that she has creatively and analytically explored topics ranging from prostitution, activist/squatter culture, terrorism, xenophobia, and globalization; to the use of technology, religious martyrdom, and cults of fame. In ’98 she was the creator, producer, and host of The Young Artists’ Forum, held at Intermedia Arts; a successful cabaret series made for and by emerging artists under 21 years old. Since then, she has participated in numerous public readings, art projects, and sociopolitical adventures. Mirelle participated in Coco Fusco’s Operation Atropos video project (2006), an experience that culminated in her own analytical piece investigating the performative aspects of torture and interrogation. For 3 years she served as assistant manager for a small art handling and shipping company in Brooklyn, NY and is currently a volunteer at Midwest Art Conservation Center, located within the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Mirelle has spent the last 2 years in Minneapolis experiencing firsthand the disabling effects of bureaucracy, loss, and rebirth, out of which the concept for No Assumption has arisen.