BRIClab 2021-2022 Contemporary Art Cohort

Bahareh Khoshooee (she/they)

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Khoshooee received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida. Her work has been featured at Baxter St, Housing Gallery, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, all in New York, as well as the Beeler Gallery in Columbus, Ohio and the William & Nancy Oliver Gallery in Tampa, FL. She has participated in New York City residencies at Triangle Arts Association, Baxter St. Gallery, and the NARS Foundation.  @khoshooee

Khoshooee is creating a docufiction project (yet to be titled) in collaboration with Replika, an artificial intelligence chatbot, to examine the function of systemic biases within immigration processes administered by AI.


Bahareh Khoshooee, Lurking Variable!= (Soft Computing). Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Golnar Adili (she/her)

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Adili received her degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Fresh Window Gallery and Kentler International Drawing Space, both in Brooklyn, NY; Hudson D Walker Gallery in Provincetown, MA; and Aun Gallery in Tehran, Iran. Aldini has also participated in group exhibitions at the Art Alive Gallery in New Delhi, India; IS Projects in Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Cinders Gallery in NY. @golnar.adili

Inspired by her toddler’s play blocks, Adili creates oversized wood blocks and play modules featuring Brooklyn-based imagery alongside Persian word fragments that reference Adili’s personal history and heritage.

Golnar Adili, Family History Block Book. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Golnar Adili, Family History Block Book. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Golnar Adili, Complete Verb Pairings From Samanbouyan. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Johannah Herr (she/her)

Photo: Verónica González Mayoral

Herr received her MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016. Herr has had solo exhibitions at the Elijah Wheat Showroom, Geary Contemporary and Brookfield Projects, The New Gallery, and Envoy Enterprises all NY. She currently teaches at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, and New York University. @johannah_herr

Title: American War Rugs series

Herr continues her exploration of the narrative strategies of Afghan War Rugs but in 3-dimensional tufting, creating forms of rug-like rubble that fracture the traditional flat imagery and explores the aesthetics of demolition.

Johannah Herr, American War Rug I (Immigration Detention). Photo: Joshua Simpson

Johannah Herr, American War Rug II (Mass Incarceration). Photo: Joshua Simpson

Johannah Herr, American War Rug III (El Paso Mass Shooting). Photo: Joshua Simpson


Nyugen Smith (he/him)

Photo: Courtesy of JB Barret and FIAP Martinique

Smith has exhibited work at Long Island University, Issue Project Room, Rush Arts, Wassaic Project and Ann St. Gallery, all in NY; Project House, Kedar Studio of Art, Paul Vincent Gallery, Jersey City Museum, William Paterson University and The Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, New Jersey City University, all in NJ; Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA; Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, DE; Perez Museum and PRIZM Art Fair, both in Miami, FL; Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX; Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, CA; and The Nordic Black Theater in Oslo, Norway. Additionally, Nyugen is the recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Arts Fund, Franklin Furnace Fund, Dr. Doris Derby Award, and Joan Mitchell Foundation. @bundlehouse

Title: The Bundle House series

In his Bundle House series, Smith creates large-scale maps, where hybrid landscapes encompass specific times and locations throughout the African diaspora.

Nyugen Smith, Bundlehouse: After the fracture came something like paradise. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Nyugen Smith, Bundlehouse: Rising Into Something Else Again. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Nyugen Smith, Bundlehouse (FS Mini No. 2a). Photo courtesy of the artist


Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross (she/her)

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Adeyemo-Ross has exhibited work in the XL Catlin Art Prize Travelling Exhibition: San Francisco, Chicago, NY; Office & Gallery in Los Angeles, CA; The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in Davis, CA; and the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, MI. Additionally, she is a recipient of the Lazuli Residency, the New York Academy of Art, and is currently a finalist for The Bennet Prize. @sophia.yemisi.adeyemo.ross

Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross paints portraits of individuals from archival photographs into imagined landscapes. She collages painted paper pieces to envision scenes of liberation wherein ancestral agricultural practices are restored and Black/Indigenous communities exercise sovereignty over their land, lives, and collective care.

Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Okra at Dawn. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Roses for Knitting LadiesPhoto: Courtesy of the artist


Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Two Calla Lillies for Bathing Boys. Photo: Courtesy of the artist


Major support for BRICLab is provided by TD Bank. Additional support for BRICLab: Performing Arts is provided by Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Howard Gilman Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation. General support for BRIC is provided by Bank of America, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Con Edison, Genesis Inspiration Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Lambent Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, New York Community Trust, Scherman Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Tiger Baron Foundation, and numerous individuals.

BRIC’s Contemporary Art program also benefits from generous private funding from the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation, Ford Foundation, Harpo Foundation, Humanities New York, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and numerous individual supporters.