Bad, 2019
Portrait of my mother, NY, NY



Asa Mendelsohn is an artist and filmmaker. He works as a teacher, and often collaborates as a writer, editor, and performer. He is currently working on a non-fiction film that moves between quiet places in Southern California where in the mid-2000s a grassroots movement formed to fight private military development — and New York City, where the filmmaker is coming from. Pasture reflects on relationships between coalitional organizing and passing, and between activism and fantasy.

Asa was a Fulbright Fellow in Vienna (2014-15), a SOMA Summer resident (2018), and a Flaherty Film Seminar Fellow (2019). He is currently a Teaching Artist Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy in Brooklyn, NY and is pursuing an MFA in visual arts at UC San Diego.

He has presented work at: Kunsthalle Wien; Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago; Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz; The Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; Anthology Film Archives, New York; San Diego International Airport. He has written screenplays, stories, and essays for: Contour Biennale 9 and Argos, centre for audiovisual arts, with Jelena Juresa; Sounding Out!; The Brooklyn Rail; and Ztscrpt, among others.

Email: asamen (at)