Brooklyn Commons, a discussion series this winter and spring at ISCP, presents intellectual and artistic pairings between the established Brooklyn-based artist community and ISCP residents. This series puts artists in conversation who have not shared a dialogue in the past and focuses on the vibrant and diverse cultural practitioners living and working in Brooklyn, both long and short-term.
On February 19th, Sharon Hayes and Laura Horelli will discuss the role of documentary practices in relation to language, politics and the intersection of public and private domains. In different ways, both artists collapse time periods by locating the individual voice in historical and political images. Hayes’ work moves between multiple mediums–video, performance, installation–in an ongoing investigation into the interrelation between history, politics and speech. She employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from practices such as performance, theater, dance, anthropology and journalism. Horelli’s video installations deal with society, media and politics in the age of globalization. The narrative is often personal, but includes an analytical and expansive dimension. She has remarked, “my work is a continuation of ‘the personal is political’ in that personal stories are used to address structures in society.”
Sharon Hayes lives and works in New York. Her work has been shown at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Guggenheim Museum, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Art in General, Artists Space, Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, the Public Theater, and the WOW Cafe in New York and at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Track 16, Gallery 2102 and The Project in Los Angeles. Internationally at the Tate Modern, London; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museum Moderner Kunst and the Generali Foundation in Vienna, the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin and in galleries, exhibition or performance spaces in California, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont, Bogotá, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmö, Vienna, Vancouver and Zagreb as well as in 45 lesbian living rooms across the United States. Hayes is Assistant Professor at the School of Art at The Cooper Union.
Laura Horelli lives and works in Berlin and is currently in residence at ISCP. She graduated from Städelschule, Frankfurt and the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Horelli’s work has been exhibited internationally at the 49th and 53rd Venice Biennales; Manifesta 5, San Sebastian; Gwanju Biennale; Kiasma, Helsinki; n.b.k., Berlin; Ludlow38, New York; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Gasworks, London; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck and Goethe-Institut Nairobi. Horelli was a Visiting Professor at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin in 2007. In 2011, she received The Hanna Höch Prize for Young Artist from the City of Berlin. She was recently awarded a 5-year working grant from the Arts Council of Finland. Horelli is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin.
Brooklyn Commons is organized by Kari Conte, ISCP Director of Programs and Exhibitions, with former ISCP Fellows Rachel Cook and Chelsea Haines.