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Above (left to right): The 2020 BRIClab: Video Art finalists. First row: Jonathan Gonzalez, Sareh Imani, Melissa Joseph, James McCracken. Second row: T. Autumn Newcomb, Elizabeth Orr, Carrie Elston Tunick, Tanika Williams. Third Row: Hanwen Zhang.

Congratulations to Jonathan Gonzalez, Sareh Imani, Melissa Joseph, James McCracken, T. Autumn Newcomb, Elizabeth Orr, Carrie Elston Tunick, Tanika Williams, and Hanwen Zhang, our 2020 BRIClab: Video Art Residents!

BRIClab is a multi-disciplinary residency program created to advance opportunities for artists, performers, and media makers. The program's four tracks are Contemporary ArtFilm + TVPerforming Arts, and Video Art.

The BRIClab: Video Art residency track is a year-long residency for professional, local visual artists who have a desire to explore video and audio as distinct mediums, or as part of an interdisciplinary practice.


MEET OUR 2020 BRICLAB: VIDEO ART RESIDENTS:

Jonathan Gonzalez is a performance artist whose work explores the intersections of black non-being, the non-human, and economies of creative production on a damaged planet. Their work exists at the intersections of performance and collaborative interdisciplinary practices.

Sareh Imani is a multidisciplinary artist who works with a wide range of disciplines, including sculpture, installation, performance, and video. Her practice dwells between her individual studio work and her collaborative projects in non-gallery spaces. Imani’s work explores the reparative potential of art and science, intimacy and distance, instructions and poetics. 

Melissa Joseph is an artist whose practice addresses the idea of what it means to be human and to be fragile. She creates work dedicated to mending and healing some of the seemingly persistent failures of civic and social infrastructure. Joseph is interested in connecting people through shared memories and experiences.

James McCracken uses photography, sculpture, video, printmaking, and found objects to create a narrative that reframes his experiences with systems of control and opens new possibilities of reform. His work often explores the trappings of our cultural identities and the vestiges of communities that he has lived in. He uses his camera to create lyrical photographic essays, and his visual storytelling addresses themes of political and social justice, along with investigations of family, religion, community, and the home.

T. Autumn Newcomb is a multidisciplinary media and performance artist. She uses color, humor, and optimism to celebrate diversity and promote self love through a variety of mediums including video, soft-sculpture, illustration and glass.

Elizabeth Orr is an artist whose work combines video installation, performance, and text. Her subject matter evolves from an interrogation into methodologies of thought and representation, oriented towards an understanding of the history of philosophy through a queer feminist perspective.

Carrie Elston Tunick is a multimedia artist who explores manifestations of love and sanctioned violence in the public consciousness through videos, prints, and paintings. Her practice is primarily driven by her video works which pulls from world events both historical and contemporary, pop culture, politics, and environmental disasters for subject matter.

Tanika Williams employs the use of narrative prose, video, performance, and installation to explore black women’s transfer of generational knowledge and transmission of embodied family archives. She designs liturgical rites to uplift the voices and expertise of marginalized black women and give authority to their autobiographical expressions in the production of knowledge. Her work is influenced by Afro-Caribbean aesthetics of magic and mystical phenomena.

Hanwen Zhang is an artist and filmmaker. Zhang’s practice is based on still and moving images, supplemented by performance, digital technology, and writing. Derived from observation in his personal experience, his work examines the status of individual existence in contemporary society, as well as its relationship with space, image, memory, and ideology.