Hyla Willis REFUGIA-BAZ (Becoming Autonomous Zones)

Hyla Willis

Hyla Willis lives in Pittsburgh and is an original member/co-founder of subRosa. Her art practice combines design, performance, electronic media and installation. She is Associate Professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University and has performed in the U.S., Europe and Canada with subRosa, as well as with experimental music groups from Seattle and Pittsburgh.


  • subRosa

    subRosa is a mutable (cyber)feminist art collective combining art, social activism and politics to explore and critique the intersections of information and bio technologies on ...
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Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2014


    Willis is named Pittsburgh Artist of the Year by Pittsburgh Arts

  • 2012


    subRosa’s contributions to the cultural program “Soft Power: Art and technology in the era of biopolitics,” curated by Maria Ptqk, are included in a new catalog.

  • 2011


    “Bodies Unlimited A decade of subRosa’s art practice” is published in Vol 28 of n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal.

  • 2011


    subRosa premieres new installation, Feminist Matter(s): Propositions and Undoings, in the Pittsburgh Biennial at the Miller Gallery, curated by Astria Suparak.

  • 2009-11


    subRosa’s ConstructaVulva piece tours with EveryBody!: Visual resistance in feminist health movements, 1969-2009, curated by Bonnie Fortune.

  • 2009


    subRosa presents on their work to “The Scholar & Feminist Conference XXXIV- The Politics of Reproduction: New Technologies of Life,” Barnard College, New York.

  • 2008


    subRosa presents U-Gen-A-Chix performance at “Raw Symbiosis: Animals_Nature_Culture, 14th International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women,” Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

  • 2006


    Willis receives Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant

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