Curated by Curator-in-Residence, Xavier Robles, Incongruent Lineage, the first of this year’s 2 x 2 exhibitions, presents recent work by Natalie Falero and Arash Fayez. Both artists explore the complex connections of foreigners to place through performance art. Incongruent Lineage aims to emphasize the ongoing tension between the simultaneous desire to belong yet remain foreign, to explore the effects of displacement on the body “from location A to location B [where one learns] to shed and become C.”  The opening reception will feature performances by both artists.

For Incongruent Lineage, Fayez will present videos and other items that document his development of a third identity in order to belong in his location B. His videos allude to the existence of multiple layers of being within the mind, depicting disjointed memories and fractured, multilingual phrases. Falero uses her body to engage in conversation about personal liberation and the post-colonial state of Puerto Rico, where she is from. Her videos depict this process: inserting herself into abandoned spaces in Puerto Rico and juxtaposing the abandoned spaces with the natural landscape and explore where she belongs.



Arash Fayez, officially known as Faeiz, is an artist, curator and educator based between San Francisco, Tehran and other locations. Spanning video, performance, live situations and photography, his practice intertwines to create para-fictional and multi-layered projects informed by notions of displacement, distraction, and bicamerality (a brain split in two parts). Through storytelling based on partial memories and notions of interstitial space, his works confront sociopolitical issues, while engaging the role of found footage and archival materials in constructing these narratives.

Fayez has exhibited and performed internationally at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; the British Museum, London; the Queens Museum, New York; and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco.


Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Natalie Falero is an interdisciplinary artist working in a range of mediums including performance, installation, video and photography. Falero received a BA in Journalism at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and MFA in Studio Art from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). While at SFAI, Falero was awarded the Anne Bremer Prize Award for Best MFA Exhibition 2017 at The Mint, San Francisco, CA.

Highly invested in understanding the body as a communication tool to interact with cultural and social constructs, Falero examines the body as site of activism and reinvention among acculturation and social-political conditions. Falero’s work explores social injustices related to discrimination of race, gender and colonialism. Through ritualistic acts, she dismantles traces of identity by marking territory with her own body.



Xavier Robles is a Mexican-born curator, visual artist, and educator, who grew up in Santa Ana, California. Robles previously worked as the Coordinator of Public Programs at the Grand Central Art Center, where he created programming and developed youth curriculum addressing contemporary art forms by artists of color.

Currently, Robles is the Curatorial Intern at Southern Exposure, where he works closely with the Curatorial Committee and Exhibitions and Projects Program Director. He is also an Artist-in-Education at Southern Exposure. In this role, he works one-on-one with youth to expand their craft. He is the founder of Paleta Zine, an ongoing self -published curatorial zine that creates a space of expression and documentation for queer bois of color.

Robles’ practice as a curator seeks to challenge and address the concept of “invasion” through a range of art forms that subvert in order to embrace the term as way to take space. Robles holds a B.A. in Architectural Studies from Hampshire College and currently resides in Oakland, California.


Opening Reception: Friday, August 11, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. featuring performances by Faiez and Natalie Falero, plus DJ Shizatin.

Oakland First Friday: Friday, September 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

ABOUT 2 x 2:

2 x 2 is a series of two-person exhibitions, featuring recent work by outstanding emerging artists, based in the Bay Area. The program specifically supports the freedom to create challenging and non-commercial work.

Xavier Robles’ Curatorial Residency at Pro Arts is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Pro Arts’ 2 x 2 exhibitions are funded in part by generous grants from The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.