Visual Artist AIRspace 2020-2021 Cohort: Review Retrospective
Review Retrospective features artworks by the Abrons Arts Center Visual Artist AIRspace 2020-2021 cohort Shirley Bruno, Hyperlink Press, Sa’dia Rehman, and Carlos Rosales-Silva. The exhibition is curated by Abrons Arts Center Programming Manager and independent curator Brooke Nicholas.
Included works in Review Retrospective examine the ideas of a self-selected history, the rewriting of personal narratives and historical movements, and the unearthing of a version of the truth through the framework of the retrospective.
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Carlos Rosales-Silva (He/Him) was born on the borderlands of Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, and the lands of the Piro/Mansa/Tiwa peoples. He currently lives and works in New York City. His studio practice imagines and works towards a modernism that is free of Euro-colonial interference and violence. Previous residencies include Residency Unlimited NYC (2020), Artpace in San Antonio, Texas (2018) and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY (2017). His most recent exhibitions were a curatorial project at Spring Break Art Show in 2020 and a solo exhibition at Sadie Halie Projects in Minneapolis, MN (2019).
Inspired by South Korean online LGBTQ communities in the 2000s, Hyperlink Press is an online publication and curatorial collective to create intersectional platforms to showcase work by artists navigating the in-between spaces. Hyperlink Press’ mission is to empower the underrepresented history, experience, and identity in the tech field, and art gallery system. Founded by Taehee Whang, Jeong Yoon Lee, and Minsoo Thigpen in 2018, Hyperlink Press would like to share the time of utopic excitement that we felt back in our shared childhood of the 2000’s, for an equal world, breaking free from the traditional forms of community building.
Sa’dia Rehman’s work explores how contemporary and historical images communicate, consolidate and contest ideas about race, power and gender. Through techniques such as wall drawing, cut outs and assemblage, Rehman pulls apart and puts together images from family photographs, historical records, and mass media to interrogate their resonances. Rehman has presented her work at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Columbus Museum, Kentler International Drawing Space, and Queens Museum. She has been awarded residencies at the NARS Foundation, Edward Albee Foundation, Byrdcliffe Woodstock, Vermont Studio Center, Rasquache Residency, ASI/LMCC & Creative Capital and AIM Bronx Museum.
Shirley Bruno is a filmmaker-artist living and working between New York, France, and Haiti. Her work seeks to radicalize ancestral narratives and (re)create modern myths which investigate the everyday, the Sacred, and the intimate violence in things left unsaid. Her films and video-installations take their point of departure from neglected histories as well as from rumors, dreams, collective memories both real and imagined. Shirley holds two Masters from London Film School and Le Fresnoy–Studio National des Arts Contemporains. Her work screens internationally at major festivals, contemporary art exhibitions, and television. She is currently developing Saltwater Heart, a large-scale video-installation alongside her debut feature Just Come//Been To.
Review Retrospective is presented with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation.
Studio shot from Sa’dia Rehman, image courtesy of the artist