Brooklyn's BRIC Biennial Features Two Visual Arts Alums

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The BRIC Biennial: Volume II, Bed Stuy/Crown Heights Edition, currently on view in Brooklyn, features work by two Visual Arts alumni Kambui Olujimi '13 and Ilana Harris-Babou '16.

BRIC, a Brooklyn-based cultural organization whose mission, as they state it, is to “present programs in contemporary art, performing arts, and video that reflect the creativity and diversity of Brooklyn,” launched the BRIC Biennial in 2014. This year’s edition, curated by Elizabeth Ferrer and Jenny Gerow, features an even broader selection of artists, and will be centered at BRIC House in Fort Greene, with portions of the show also on view at other important cultural institutions and galleries nearby: Weeksville Heritage Center, the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and FiveMyles. Forty artists were selected for this year’s edition from hundreds of applications.

The BRIC Biennial aims highlights the significance of Brooklyn as the place where New York artists live, work and develop careers. Both Olujimi’s and Harris-Babou’s work is on view at BRIC House, in an exhibit of the Biennial which focuses this year on the theme of “Affective Bodies” – drawing on affect theory, which places emphasis on the corporeal versus the cerebral. Artists exhibited at Weeksville Heritage Center will be grouped under the theme “The Lived City,” which examines how urban spaces are endowed with emotional resonance. The exhibition at the the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, “Translations and Annotaitons,” will include the work of five artists who use found documents as source material.

The BRIC Biennial opened November 9, 2016, and will run through January 16, 2017.

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