Congratulations to Zalika Azim, Shelly Bahl, Mimi Bai, Julian Chams, Dain DeltaDawn, Sareh Imani, Mei Kazama, Nsenga Knight, and Gustavo Prado, BRIC's summer 2019 BRICworkspace artists-in-residence!

Come by BRIC on August 1 between 6PM and 9PM to meet the artists and see their works-in-progress at BRIC's Open House/Open Studios Event.


BRICworkspace provides emerging and mid-career artists with essential resources and support as well as critical feedback and exposure of their work. The residency offers free studio space in the Artist’s Studio at BRIC House (647 Fulton), the Project Room at BRIC House, and in classroom space at Saint Ann’s School (33 Clinton St), all located in Downtown Brooklyn. The artists were selected by a panel of BRIC’s curatorial staff and past residency artists based on their work’s relevancy to Brooklyn’s diverse community, their artistic goals, and their ability to create work that is reflective of their innovation.


Zalika Azim is a Brooklyn-based artist conceptualizing her practice through photography, installation, performance, collage, and sound. Exploring the complexities of personal and collective narratives, her work investigates the ways in which notions of memory, displacement, and the body are negotiated in relation to nationhood and the American landscape. Azim recently had a solo exhibition at Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, titled in case you should forget to sweep before sunset, concluding her time there as a workspace resident. She has been included in group exhibitions at Pfizer, Brooklyn; International Center of Photography and The 8th Floor, both NY; Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, Cuba. Azim holds a BFA and a BA from NYU and has also worked as a teaching artist at the Center for Court Innovation, the Tisch Summer High School, and Aperture Foundation's youth program, On Sight, all in NY.

Born in India, raised in Toronto, and currently based in Brooklyn, Shelly Bahl is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores cultural hybridity, old and new forms of colonization, the global transmission of iconographies, and the surrealistic experiences of women who lead enigmatic trans-cultural lives. Bahl has had solo exhibitions at Bronx River Art Center, M.Y. Art Prospects, and White Box, all NY; LEE Ka-sing Gallery and Design Exchange Museum, both Toronto, Canada; and Gallery 198, London, UK. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art, Bullet Space, Aicon Gallery, all NY; Asian Arts Initiative and Twelve Gates Arts, both Philadelphia, PA; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA; and Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India, among others. She has participated in residencies at Artists Alliance and Center For Book Arts, both NY; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and Sanskriti Kendra Foundation, Delhi, India, among others. Bahl holds a BFA from York University, Toronto, Canada, and an MA from New York University.

Mimi Bai was born in Xi’an, China and is now based in Brooklyn. Her work encompasses an individual practice focused on objects, text, and drawing and a collaborative practice that takes the form of installations and sets. She examines how interactions between people, or between individuals and their social environment, are shaped by larger ideological, political, and cultural values. Bai's current project conceives of camouflage as a metaphor for cultural assimilation. She has had a solo exhibition at Bija, Brooklyn and has participated in group exhibitions at Artists Space and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both NY; and Space 538, Portland, ME, among others. Bai has been an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Arts and Design's Artist Studios Program, NY; Sculpture Space, Utica, NY; and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE. She participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program, received an MFA from Alfred University, and holds a BA from Wesleyan University. (Photo by Sam B. Jones)

Julian Chams is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist from Colombia who creates assemblages that include both natural and manmade elements. Chams’ work explores the space between the personal and the systematic; he uses photography to capture the mundane sensory data of daily life and recontextualizes it into seductive, tactile sculptures. He has had solo exhibitions at Splatterpool Artspace, Brooklyn; Wave Hill and AC Institute, both NY; Parallel Gallery, Kansas City, MO; and ars antiqua galleria, Barranquilla, Colombia. His work has been included in group shows at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Consulate of Colombia, both NY; La Esquina and 50/50, both Kansas City, MO; the 15th and 16th Salon Regional de Artistas-Zona Caribe, Colombia; among others. He was a Van Lier Visual Arts Fellow at Wave Hill, NY, and he holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Dain DeltaDawn is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist and curator who makes work about the landscape of queerness and how we perceive it through disseminating information like diagrams and tutorials. DeltaDawn’s work has been included in exhibitions at Public Address, Brooklyn; ChaShaMa and LMAKgallery, both NY; Fjord, Philadelphia, PA; The Heidelberg Project, Detroit, MI; Lillstreet Art Center and ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL; among others. Previously, they were a Media Arts Fellow at BRIC and a mentor in NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentorship program. They have participated in residencies and fellowships at Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY; MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL; Caldera Arts, Sisters, OR, among others. They hold an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; and are currently an adjunct faculty member at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

Sareh Imani is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist whose work incorporates sculpture, video installation, and performance. She is interested in the reparative potentials of art and science, intimacy and distance, instructions and poetics. Her work explores fragmentation and integration, using both the human body as a nexus for being made whole, as well as the role of collective memory and social change. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at 17 Essex Gallery, Arnold and Sheila Aronson Gallery at The New School, Westbeth Gallery, 25 East Gallery at Parsons School of Design, all NY, among others. Imani is currently participating in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum, NY, and has been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME, and at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. She also was recently selected for the A.I.R Fellowship Program, Brooklyn. Imani holds an MFA from Parsons School of Design.

Mei Kazama is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist whose work investigates genealogy, belonging, and alternative modes of reality. She searches for new and immanent ways of relationality through (re)understanding the body, bodily actions, and bodily interactions within her work and seeks an alternative world of possibility and of sociability determined by those who do not have a voice here and now. Kazama has had recent solo exhibitions at Wilde Gallery, Williamstown, MA; Fuyumedo Gallery, Kagaku Sanwakyozaisha, and Hyakkokumachi Gallery, all Aomori, Japan. She has also participated in group exhibitions at LaGuardia Arts Gallery, NY; the Hiratsuka Sculpture Garden, Andes, NY; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; and Lichtenstein Gallery, Pittsfield, MA.  She graduated from Williams College with a BA.

Born in Brooklyn and currently based in both Brooklyn and Cairo, Egypt, Nsenga Knight creates social practice projects, geometric drawings, text paintings, prints, and photographs. As a first-generation Black American Muslim woman, she seeks to make critical contributions to conversations on the status of Black America, American society, politics, culture, and Islam in the 21st century. She was recently awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and will be included in BRIC’s fall 2019 group exhibition, Beyond Geographies: Contemporary Art and Muslim Experience. She has had solo exhibitions at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; and California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn Historical Society, and Old Stone House, all Brooklyn; Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Drawing Center, both NY; and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX; among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Gustavo Prado is now based in Brooklyn and often uses off-the-shelf materials for work in varied formats, adapting them to enable viewers to recognize his source material while understanding potential deviations from the intended use. Through processes of combining seemingly disparate materials and subject matter, Prado tests cultural assumptions of what can or should belong together. He has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Richard, NY; Lurixs Gallery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Nara Roesler Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil. His works have recently been featured in group exhibitions at BRIC, Brooklyn; the Bronx Museum and Spring Break Art Show, both NY; the Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; and Itaú Cultural, São Paulo. He has presented a large installation at the Coachella Music Festival, Indio, CA, and created a permanent public art installation for Casa Firjan Institue, Rio de Janeiro. He studied at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Leandro Viana)

Every year BRIC hosts a series of residency programs that enable artists of all disciplines the opportunity to use BRIC’s resources to further develop their craft and careers. For more information, check out our artist opportunities.