I hope you will join us to meet March’s artists-in-residence at Fountainhead. Join us virtually Thursday at 1:00pm or in-person this Saturday.
Minia Biabiany GuadelopeWebsite: www.miniabiabiany.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/minia_biabiany/
In her practice Minia Biabiany uses the deconstruction of narratives in installations, videos and drawings, by building up efimeral poetics of forms in relation with colonial presences, past or present. Her work proceeds from an investigation on the perception of space an dof the paradigm of weaving in language. She initiated the artistic and pedagogical collective project semillero Caribe in 2016 in Mexico City and continue to explore the deconstruction of narratives with the body and concepts from Caribbean authors with the experimental platform Doukou. Minia Biabiany works and lives between Mexico city and Guadeloupe.Her work has been shown in the Xth Biennale de Berlin, TEOR/éTica in Costa Rica, Witte de Wite in Rotterdam, Cràter Invertido and Bikini Wax in Mexico, Prix Sc Po 2019 in Paris, SIGNAL in Malmö.
Muna Malik Los Angeles, CAWebsite: www.themunamalik.com/ Instagram: @themunamalik
Muna Malik is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been featured in such exhibits and publications as The New York Times, Vogue, MCAD, and MOCA. Using interactive installations, sculpture, and photography, she creates bold and poetic narratives that abstract from contemporary issues, particularly those concerning, race, gender, and xenophobia. She also explores the complexities and entanglements between individuals and communities. The two core interrelated strands to her practice are using abstraction to explore the variations and nuances of identity, and the second is creating platforms for community connection through interactive installations, sculpture, and photography.
Her work has also been exhibited at Northern Spark Arts Festival, MCAD, Artworks Chicago, and The Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She has been a billboard artist in the “For Freedoms 50 State Initiative” and “2020 Awakening.” She recently completed exhibitions at the Band of Vices Gallery LA, Annenberg Space for Photography LA with Photoville, the International Center for Photography with “For Freedoms”, Somaal House of Art in MN, and MOCA Geffen in Los Angeles. Her work has also been featured in ArtForum and i-D Magazine. She’s recently unveiled a new large scale interactive sculpture in Battery Park City, NYC that has made its way to Governor’s Island.
Fatma Shanan Tel Aviv, Israel Website: http://www.fatmashanan.com/. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fatmashanan/
As a Druze Israeli artist, I explore the symbolic meaning and domestic function of rugs, which are an essential part of my autobiography and my cultural background. Within the cultural aspect, the rug is related to nomadism: it goes alongside the traveler, its four defined edges create a specific territory – a space that can be placed anywhere, anytime. It can create order and a sense of location, and facilitate a heterotopic zone. This zone is established through a subversive act, which deprives the rug from its traditional, symbolic status: As I take the rug out of its original social context and place it in new surroundings, it creates a personal space, through which I examine the ideas of borders, limits, territory, and colonization. My paintings are based on photographic documentation of installations I make with rugs in different locations.
My paintings examine the affects which social norms and codes of conduct have on the individual’s physical body. Whether they are placed in an open landscape and harness the scene around them, or filling in the whole canvas, the rugs in my paintings create a mental leeway: a private sphere where I can inquire my own mental and physical limits, my own borders as a woman and as a female artist.
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