Brianna Harlan

Brianna Harlan

occupied stillness

completely alone package advertisement

beauty-covered glasses

Coroplast

18” x 24”

2020

 

 

 

Statement:

I am a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily with installation, portrait, digital manipulation, intervention, works on paper, and photography. My work is driven by by the need to confront how systems violently condition our relational identity, and how that influences quality of life, health, and habits. My work serves as a creative intervention. I work conceptually, often in community, interactive projects. I am interested in exploring narrative through everyday objects and the use of interactive elements to activate the static and familiar. The works occupied stillness, completely alone package ad, and beauty-covered glasses are prompts instead of the typical yard sign declaration– respectively encouraging mindfulness with self, reflection on one’s place in society, and questioning the energy behind our perspectives.

 

Bio: 

Brianna Harlan is a multidisciplinary artist and organizer. She works conceptually in multiform, socially engaged art. Her work is driven by the need to confront how systems violently condition our relational identity, and how that influences quality of life, health, and habits. Brianna is a Kentucky Foundation for Women Fire Starter awardee. Her most recent residencies were at Oxbow School of Art and Artists’ Residency and Materia Abierta in Mexico City. Current projects include an AR Monument to Breonna Taylor and the #SayHerName Movement, made in collaboration with 4th Wall, 21c Museum Hotels, and Breonna’s family and an equity in arts initiative in Louisville, KY that was featured in ARTNews. Harlan also leads community experiences and presentations, having been a speaker at For Freedoms and the Kentucky ACLU events. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Art and Social Action at Queens College, CUNY and making her New York gallery debut with a solo exhibition: Black Love Blooms: New York Nook in September 2020.

 

Website:

https://www.briannaharlan.com