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Christopher Corey Allen (born 1985) is an  transdisciplinary artist working between Minneapolis, Minnesota and Detroit, Michigan.

CCA utilizes video installation, sculpture, performance, and experimental lectures to explore ways of viewing the body outside of a perceived finitude of development— transcending a normative understanding of the subject as bound and contained.  

Utilizing a punk and queer theory optics, CCA cites his work within the speculative body, as a way of understanding ourselves as mentally and physically unfinished.  In this constant flux, messiness and contradiction are where the borders of normativity and binary systems are tested. These contradictions act as beautiful ruptures of representation and identity.  They resist and redefine culturally agreed value through a refusal of perfection, allowing for multiple ways of being to emerge.  
In his practice, CCA  balances humor and delight alongside  the complex criticality in his work.   Aesthetic tools such as fixation, repetition, and fetishization are used to explore what it means to live with our bodies.  
CCA embraces the idea of failure as a political act.  This embrace empowers us to exist beyond the limits of duality and fixed categorization, in a space where anger can be joyous, pleasure can be loud, dance can be ugly, discomfort is essential, and contradiction is a part of learning.







CCA received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2018 and a BA in fine arts from the University of Minnesota in 2007.  

Awards and grants include a 2018 Toby Devin Lewis Fellowship, The New Beginnings award from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, and the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation award, and a Minnesota Artist Initiative grant.

Exhibitions and performances include White Page Gallery Minneapolis MN,  Walker Art Center Minneapolis MN; Cobo Center Detroit MI, Minnesota History Museum St. Paul MN, Roman Susan Chicago, IL; and Summer Street Providence, RI.   Residencies include Mass MoCA in North Adams, MA, Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium; and Pino in Florence, Italy.

He is a co-facilitator of SpaceSpaceSpace in Detroit, an annual conference centering around alternative pedagogy, self-organizing, and exploring ways of disrupting productions of knowledge within academic structures.
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