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BRIC Announces BRIClab 2023 – 2024 Artists-in-Residence
BRIC will support artists for a year in one of three tracks – Contemporary Art, Film + TV, and Video Art
(BROOKLYN, NY — September 14, 2023) — BRIC, a leading, multi-disciplinary arts and media institution anchored in downtown Brooklyn, is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 BRIClab artists-in-residence. BRIClab is a multi-disciplinary residency program that offers emerging and mid-career artists essential resources, financial support, mentorship, and skills-based learning opportunities. In addition, it provides a chance to share their work with their peers and the public. This year marks the 10th anniversary of BRIC hosting a contemporary art residency, and it will be the first time in its history that it has accepted collectives and collaborations and allows artists to participate virtually, hybrid, or in person.
BRIClab aims to build a more robust and diverse artistic community in Brooklyn by fostering relationships and supporting long-term growth and engagement with BRIC. Disabled, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ artists were prioritized as part of BRIC’s ongoing commitment towards addressing systemic inequities in creative fields and industries. The program helps artists to explore the possibilities of their practices freely and diligently. Each of the three creative tracks offers unique resources tailored to meet the distinct needs of varied artistic expression.
Wes Jackson, President of BRIC, said:
“We’re excited to welcome this new cohort of artists into BRIClab – a program that truly embodies BRIC’s mission to provide vital support for artists and media makers in Brooklyn. BRIClab alumni have gone on to play the stage at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, hold solo exhibitions at BRIC House, and more. It’s an honor to invite these brilliant creatives into the BRIC family.”
BRIClab: Contemporary Art is a year-long residency program that offers emerging and mid-career artists studio space, mentorship, and curatorial support to develop their projects. The program has expanded to involve teaching, learning, and sharing on topics including: mutual aid, organizing, and peer education models; the relationship of support and care within the context of artistic making; and modes of artistic production that include an expansive definition of collaboration. Selected artists have practices that deeply embody and recognize interdependence and interconnectedness in process and product inspired by practices of disabled artists and activists.This year’s residency program is part of BRIC’s multi-year disability artistry initiative, which will culminate in a Fall 2024 exhibition at BRIC House, co-curated by danilo machado and Jenny Gerow. An open studio event will take place April 13 – 14, 2024.
BRIClab: Film + TV is a year-long residency track that incubates innovative and ambitious documentary filmmakers working on short-form, episodic and feature-length non-fiction films. This year’s cohort documentaries explore topics such as coyotes in New York City and how humans can co-exist with them; the entangled relationship between voice, gender, and opera; and a Vietnamese refugee turned Chinatown gang leader in 1990’s New York City. A public screening will take place in Spring 2024.
BRIClab: Video Art is a year-long residency that provides support through free courses, video and audio equipment, 80 hours of access to BRIC’s community media studios, editing suites and laptops, and mentorship. This year’s cohorts are multidisciplinary and work across video, performance, sound, and installation. A public screening of the work will take place in September 2024.
BRICLAB 2023-2024 COHORTS
BRIClab: Contemporary Art
Co-facilitated by danilo machado (they/them)
Pelenakeke Brown (she/her) Born and based in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Laura Li嘟嘟 (they/them) Born in China, based in New York City and Los Angeles
huiyin zhou徽音 (she/they) Born in Guangdong, China, based in New Lenapehoking/New York City and Durham, NC
fran yu/jiao jiao (they/them) Born in China, based in Lenapehoking/Queens, NY
Alex Dolores Salerno (they/them) Born in Washington D.C., based in Brooklyn
Steven Anthony Johnson II (they/them) Born in Baltimore, based in Brooklyn
Cinthya Santos Briones (she/her) Born in Tulancingo Hgo., Mexico, based in Brooklyn
You can read more about the artists HERE.
BRIClab: Film + TV
Lucy Adams (she/her), Born in Hastings-on-Hudson, based in New York City
Brit Fryer (he/ him) and Lydia Cornett (she/ her), Born in Chicago, IL, and born in Baltimore, MD, based in Brooklyn NY
Sally Tran (she/her/they/them), Born in New Zealand, based in New York City
Read more about the filmmakers HERE.
BRIClab: Video Art
Olivia Rose Barresi (she/they) and Emily Barresi (she/her), Born in Connecticut, based in New York, NY and New London, CT
DaeQuan Collier (he/him), Born in the Bronx, based in Brooklyn
Eliza Lu Doyle (she/they), Born in Paris, based in Brooklyn
Rachael Guma (she/her), Born in West Covina, CA, based in Ridgewood, Queens, NY
Yasi Ghanbari (she/they), Born in Carlisle, PA, based in Brooklyn, NY
Eriko Tsogo (she/they), Born in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, based in Brooklyn
You can read more about the artists HERE.
Due to economic constraints felt across the arts & culture sector, the BRIClab Performing Arts track is paused 2023-2024. BRIC remains committed to supporting the lifecycle of artists within the performing arts community and hopes to resume the BRIClab Performing Arts residency at a future date.
Major support for BRIClab is made possible by the TD Ready Commitment, with additional support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and Ford Foundation.
General Support for BRIC is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, M&T Charitable Foundation, Scherman Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, and numerous individuals.
Public support is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.
BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for our community, we ignite learning in people of all ages and centralize diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC is building Brooklyn’s creative future. Learn more at bricartsmedia.org.
Commitment to Accessibility
BRIClab is part of a BRIC-wide effort to advance accessibility for disabled artists, audiences, and staff members. More information about accessibility at BRIC can be found here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/accessibility-bric
BRIC Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
BRIC is committed to creating environments that honor, respect, and celebrate the humanity of all people. We support our artistic and creative communities in their efforts to affect positive social change in Brooklyn and beyond.
As a leading arts and culture institution anchored in Brooklyn, BRIC fosters an evolving workplace focused on the growth of our staff while developing arts, media, and cultural programs that reflect our core values. We embrace rigorous curiosity and collective wisdom to leverage the expertise of our diverse staff and community members and embody our commitment to diversity, equity, belonging, and social justice. Read the full statement here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/about-bric