Julia Phillips '15 Featured in the 2018 Triennial at The New Museum

January 16, 2018

Alumna Julia Phillips '15 will be exhibiting her work in the 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage at the New Museum in New York. The 2018 Triennial, which opens on February 13th, 2018, will feature the work of nineteen emerging artists from around the world—from countries such as Haiti, Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Russia, and Greece, to name a few—who are “shaping the current discourse of contemporary art and the future of culture.”


Phillips, who was born in 1985 in Germany, works primarily in ceramics and metal sculpture. Her most recent work is “a series of ceramic and metal objects: ‘tools’ and ‘apparatuses’ which the artist invites the viewer to imagine a function for.” This series examines “subject-object relationships and questions power dynamics,” according to Phillips’ bio. Her “intellectual interests are framed by psychoanalytical Black feminist thought and the body as a primary ground for experiences.”


Prior to being selected for the 2018 Triennial, Phillips was one of three artists who were awarded the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Artist-in-Residence for 2016-2017. The residents’ culminating exhibit was mentioned in the New York Times article, “The Personal Made Political: 19 Artists To Watch For Next Year.” Past Artists-in-Residence have included Macarthur “Genius” fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and the 2018-2019 residents will include Columbia alumna, Allison Janae Hamilton '17, and a current Columbia Mentor, Sable Elyse Smith.


The artists in the 2018 Triennial: Songs for Sabotage “engage with new and traditional media in order to reveal the built systems that construct our reality, images, and truths...these structures are linked to the entrenched powers of colonialism and institutionalized racism that magnify inequity.” Through their work, the selected artists “offer models for dismantling and replacing the political and economic networks that envelop today’s global youth.”


Phillips has had solo exhibitions in Hamburg and London, and group exhibitions at FRIEZE Art Fair, ART BASEL, and various galleries throughout New York City. After graduating from the MFA Visual Arts program, she was selected for the year-long Independent Study program at the Whitney Museum.