Hali Eliza has been a storyteller since she could babble. She desires to find or learn the particular language each story speaks, and wonders if one day she will happen across an absolutely new language. In the meantime, a believer in the power of found objects and the ethics of recycling, she is content to open her own ports connecting performance, installation, poetry, and video. Her work revolves around about memory, time, loneliness, invisibility, limits, mysticism, love, violence, silence, human/san/ity, social woes, supranational movements. She dreams of creating a Divine proof. She has lived in New York City (which sketched and sculpted her concept of identity and collectivity, respectively), Los Angeles (where she studied acting and personal rebellion and experimented in video), provincial Italy (where she learned the art of simplicity), New Haven (where she gulped down theatre and the struggled with the complexities of equity), and Ann Arbor (where she became a single mother, and understood that you can be a refugee in many, many ways). She has no links, no online presence, but that is bubbling up on her ever-growing to-do list. Most of her work has been invisible, integrated, long long ago, or otherwise undocumented, so a silent work about hidden lives seems just the place to turn tides.
Hali's ArtPrize Entries
These are Hali's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.