Maya Ciarrocchi is a New York City-based interdisciplinary artist working across media in drawing, printmaking, performance, and video. Her projects excavate disappeared histories as in her current work Site: Yizkor, where architectural renderings of destroyed buildings, maps of vanished places, extant Yizkor books, and viewer contributed writing become sources for documenting manifestations of loss. Ciarrocchi investigates how displacement writes itself into generational consciousness through the layering of architecture, maps, and memory in this work. The resulting compositions construct new, fantastical spaces that offer possibilities for healing and remembrance.
Ciarrocchi has exhibited her work in such New York venues as Abrons Arts Center, Anthology Film Archives, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Equity Gallery, Kinescope Gallery, Microscope Gallery, and Smack Mellon, among others, and at Artisphere, (VA), Hammer Museum (CA), Borderlines Film Festival (UK), Moving Pictures Festival (CAN). She has received residencies and fellowships from the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bronx Museum of the Arts (AIM), LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (Process Space, Swing Space), MacDowell, Millay Arts, New York Artists Equity, UCross, and Wave Hill (Winter Workspace). She has received funding from foundations such as Bay and Paul, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Jerome Foundation, Mertz Gilmore, and project grants from Franklin Furnace Fund and MAP Fund. Ciarrocchi received a 2020BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts and a 2021 Trust for Mutual Understanding grant to bring Site: Yizkor to Poland.
Ciarrocchi earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and a BFA from SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY.