Cat Del Buono Keynote Speaker
- Photographer and filmmaker
- Creator of video installations and public happenings that focus on social issues
- Developed the "Voices" project, focusing on domestic violence
Artist Cat Del Buono began drawing and filming at an early age, making her first Super 8 film at age 11. She received a BA from Boston College where she studied photography, film, and communications. She received an MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from School of Visual Arts. She also attended the prestigious graduate film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Trained as a photographer and filmmaker, Del Buono creates video installations and public happenings that focus on social issues. Her works have shown in the US and abroad, including Fountain Art Fair, Bronx Museum, Vetlanda Museum Sweden, Fonlad Digital Arts Festival Portugal, Chashama NYC, and MoCA Miami. “Voices,” her current installation and panel discussion, has been traveling to different cities since 2014. The project focuses on domestic violence and utilizes art as a focal point for an open public dialogue on this social problem.
Del Buono’s work has been featured in Jezebel, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, The Art Newspaper, and Miami Herald to name a few. She was also featured on the PBS show “Art Loft.” Del Buono has lectured on the topic of women in the media, has given numerous art talks, has been a panelist for art organizations and a mentor and thesis advisor for art students. She also works as a freelance Talent Manager on televised specials including the Super Bowl Halftime Show, In Performance at the White House, and the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize.
Cat’s events consist of a 20-monitor video installation and panel discussion addressing domestic violence. This project utilizes art as a focal point for an open public dialogue about an ongoing social problem. It allows local women to add their own voices to the project plus an open conversation with the community/university about this epidemic. The project has been traveling to different cities across the US since 2014.
With the help of domestic violence organizations in different cities, Cat has been filming survivors recounting their stories of domestic abuse. She adds the local voices to the installation, which keeps growing as it travels. The project has also been included in university violence awareness programs and has included student voices in the installation.
The small video monitors are installed on a gallery’s walls, surrounding visitors. Only the mouths of survivors are displayed as they speak of their own personal experience. When visitors enter, they hear a symphony of unrecognizable words and when they approach a single monitor they begin to hear the individual’s story and have a virtual one-on-one experience. The necessity of this movement functions as a metaphor: we are not aware of victims in our own social circles until we become close enough for them to tell us their story. The project transforms these women from statistics to real people.
The panel discussion takes place on one evening during the exhibition and allows the community/students to ask questions and hear from survivors, advocates, law enforcement, and art professionals speaking of traumatic events, amazing recovery, and how art can be a catalyst for change.