Artspace Fall Exhibition Artist Conversation: Ilana Harris-Babou with Bergman & Salinas
October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join Artspace New Haven, Ilana Harris-Babou, and artistic duo Bergman & Salinas (Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas) for a conversation moderated by Artspace Director of Curatorial Affairs, Laurel V. McLaughlin, about their fall exhibitions. Ilana Harris-Babou: Revelations presents recent video installation, collage, and sculpture in an exploration of consumption, revelatory critique and humor, and alternative knowledge-building. Bergman & Salinas’s Against the General Good/ Contra el Bien General explores a new series of conceptual works including sculptures, wall-mounted mixed-media, photography, painting on canvas, sound, and text works, which critique how systems of capitalism corral the commons, against the general good for humans, non-humans alike.
This free public program is held in conjunction with both fall exhibitions, on view September 17–December 3, 2022. For in-person programs, Artspace encourages mask-wearing and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our community.
Ilana Harris-Babou (b. 1991, Brooklyn, New York) lives and works in Brooklyn. She has presented solo exhibitions of her work at institutions including Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany (2021); Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland (2021); Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle (2020); and The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York (2017). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions including Contact Traces, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, California (2021); Care Box, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2021); and After the Plaster Foundation, Queens Museum, Corona, New York (2020). She has participated in major exhibitions including the Istanbul Design Biennial, Turkey (2020); and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (2019).
Aeron Bergman (b. Detroit, USA) and Alejandra Salinas (b. La Rioja, Spain) are an artist duo. The pair founded the artist-run space Institute for New Connotative Action: INCA and the independent art publisher INCA Press. They have lived in New York, Toronto, London, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Oslo, Seattle, Portland, and are currently living in Detroit. Bergman and Salinas have shown work internationally at institutions such as the 4th Athens Biennale; 1st Bergen Assembly Triennial; 2007 Turku Biennial; 1st Struer Tracks Sound Art Biennial; Steirischer Herbst 2013, Graz; Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna; Kunsthall Aarhus, Denmark; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; ICC Tokyo; IASPIS, Stockholm; Lincoln Center and DAC in New York City; e-flux and Berlin Film Festival in Berlin; Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow; Edinburgh Film Festival and Dundee Contemporary Art in Scotland; MOCA Novi Sad; Taipei Fine Art Museum; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Centre George Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris; Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen; Henie Onstad Art Center and Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo, MUDAM Luxembourg; Ruler and HIAP in Helsinki; The Luminary, St. Louis, The Ski Club, Milwaukee; and Poor Farm, Wisconsin; FUEGO, Mexico City among many others. Their sound art has been broadcast on radio such as the BBC and Resonance FM, in London; WDR Cologne; R2 Madrid; SV2 Stockholm; Radio France; CBC Canada; WFMU New York; and Taipei Philharmonic Radio. The pair won an award of distinction in digital music at the Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. Their work has been written about in BOMB Magazine, Temporary Art Review, Afterall, Frieze Magazine, and The New York Times among many others.
Bergman and Salinas were Senior Artists-in-Residence at the University of Washington 2013–2017, professors and chair at the Pacific Northwest College of Art 2013–2022. Bergman was professor at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts 2007–2013.