“Looking at these films and the oeuvre they attest to, we find time and again the same desire to uncover powerful contemporary strategies, writes curator Caroline Ferreira on Elizabeth Orr’s work, “...shot in 2021 in the middle of a global pandemic, (Mind Gamed) immediately evokes that other invisible monster which has taken over the planet since the beginning of 2020 — that other foreign body which has come to contaminate healthy bodies.”
Reflecting on Center is not a particular point on earth independent curator Banyi Huang writes, "As ‘aliens’ whose survival is dependent on the endless demonstration of their distinction, immigrant artists and art workers are often propelled by linear vision,attachment to authorship, and even obsessive-compulsive control over one’s narrative. Therefore, these long, patient shots that fully reveal space and its inhabitants push back against hyperactivity, our limited understanding of productivity, and social constraints--they force me, the viewer, to detect small details, and be confronted with the relationship between space and place, the body and identity."
Activist and writer Andrea Nikté Juarez Mendoza responds to Tanika Williams’ Sanctuary: “I have your eyes / So in the mirror I stand / And I see you looking back at me / Your love is in the schoolbooks / And the good cooked food / I felt your embrace in the warmth of new blankets / And heard your footsteps as I walked in shoes you sent to me / I have seen you in all the ways / one sees without eyes / Knowing you have loved me in all the ways one loves without touch/ Together / we filled the gaps.”
Writer, artist, and farmer, Jah Elyse Sayers responds to Jonathan González's video The Smallest Unit Is Each Other reflecting on how the work "holds open a space for feeling out, thinking through, and beginning or renewing a commitment to experiencing ourselves, that is being, differently, by only ever being-with."
The recent surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is rooted in the systemic normalization of nationalism and xenophobia that seeks to destroy our vision of a better world. At BRIC, we celebrate our beloved community of artists, creators, teachers, neighbors and friends. We believe we are enriched by the diversity of this community and will raise our voice against those that believe otherwise.
Nate Lewis is interested in excising invisible histories. He approaches his art through the diagnostic lenses of his former practice working as a critical care nurse for the last nine years. The artist uses repetition, patterns, and textures to mold his work across the different mediums he works in, which include cut paper as well as video and audio.
Scherezade Garcia is based in Brooklyn and is known for her mixed-media paintings that are informed by her Caribbean heritage. Garcia describes her work as being centered on the politics of inclusion. History, especially the colonial history of her native Dominican Republic, plays a central role in her work while she decodes visual narratives of power to bring forth suppressed voices.
Naomi Safran-Hon describes her mixed-media paintings, which often combine print, fabric, canvas and cement, as a depiction of neglected architectural spaces with traces of both their former human inhabitants and the external forces that brought about their desolation.
Common thematic concerns of Caitlin Cherry's work orbit around female subjectivity and the Black woman’s experience. “Not everyday women,” Cherry views her subjects through the lens of technology where they become beautifully superhuman, glossy, misunderstood, and disfigured.