BRIC Announces Summer 2019 BRICworkspace Artists-in-Residence

May 17, 2019 • 10:00 AM

BRIC Announces Summer 2019 Finalists
for BRICworkspace Residency Program


(Left to right, top row to bottom): Zalika Azim, Shelly Bahl, Mimi Bai, Julian Chams, Dain DeltaDawn, Sareh Imani, Nsenga Knight, Mei Kazama, and Gustavo Prado

(BROOKLYN, MAY 17, 2019) BRIC, the leading presenter of free arts and culture programming in Brooklyn, is pleased to announce the nine artists-in-residence for their summer 2019 BRICworkspace residency program. 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.

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, visit


Artist’s Studio at BRIC:

Zalika Azim conceptualizes 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. She holds a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts and a BA from New York University.

Dain DeltaDawn is an interdisciplinary artist who makes work about the landscape of queerness and how we perceive it through disseminating information like diagrams and tutorials. They hold an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and have explored and exhibited around the country.

Mei Kazama is a 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 through 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 graduated from Williams College with a BA.

Nsenga Knight, as a first-generation Black American Muslim woman, seeks to make critical contributions to conversations on the status of Black America, American society, politics, culture, and Islam in the 21st century. Knight creates social practice projects, geometric drawings, text paintings, prints and photographs to seek out connective dots across geographical space and time. She holds an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Project Room at BRIC:

Mimi Bai’s 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. She received an MFA from Alfred University, and a BA from Wesleyan University.

Sareh Imani is a 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. Imani holds an MFA from Parsons School of Design.

St. Ann’s (via BRIC):

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. These narratives are based in facts and fictions rooted in specific cultural histories, which she then re-contextualizes and re-imagines. Bahl holds a BFA from York University, Toronto, Canada, and an MA from New York University.

Julian Chams is a multimedia artist 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 holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Gustavo Prado uses off-the-shelf materials, adapting them to enable viewers to recognize his source material while understanding deviations from their intended use. Using sculpture, performance, photography, video, and public art projects, Prado's work is predominantly devoted to the exploration of various aspects of space and to the complexities inherent in the act of gazing. He studied at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. The organization presents and incubates work by artists and media-makers that reflects the diversity of New York. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year. BRIC’s main venue, BRIC House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio and artist work spaces. BRIC’s acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park; groundbreaking media initiatives, including BRIC TV, BRIC Radio, and Brooklyn Free Speech; and renowned contemporary art exhibitions. BRIC also offers education and community-building programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences. BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression. This dual commitment enables BRIC to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.


Marcella Zimmermann
Vice President, Cultural Counsel

Danellys Wong
Account Coordinator, Cultural Counsel