|DITCH PROJECTS is pleased to announce exhibitions by
Alexandria Eregbu and Bijan Berahimi
Nov 10th – Dec 2, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, Nov 10th, 6-9 PM
OH, HEAVENLY FATHER, MOTHER OCEAN,
AND COSMIC SEED…!
Alexandria Eregbu (b. 1991) is a visual artist, independent curator, and educator. As a first-generation Nigerian woman and Chicago-native, central to Alexandria’s practice is the desire to activate personal narrative as a resource for examining the uses of language, visual storytelling and collectivized efforts towards provoking social empowerment and spiritual transformation. Through a steady mapping of lived occurrences and imaginary dreamscapes, Alexandria calls upon her experience, familial relationships to cloth, and knowledge received from the natural world in attempt to unlock connections between past, present, and future. Under the guidance of writing and research, Alexandria’s creative process alchemizes drawing, material studies, performance, textile production, ancestral histories and tradition as a means to honor, communicate, awaken, and further explore that which she considers sacred or ultimately worthy of diligent protection and preservation. Alexandria’s work has been widely exhibited, illuminating pathways globally, nationally, and throughout the Midwest. She has held fellowships with ACRE (Steuben, WI); HATCH Projects, Stony Island Arts Bank, (Chicago, IL); The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA), Independent Curators International (New Orleans, New York City, Martinique); and The Camargo Foundation/3Arts Residency (France). Amongst her curatorial projects is du monde noir, an artistically run collective that seeks to identify contemporary evidences of Surrealist activity produced by visual artists and writers of the African diaspora in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, Alexandria serves as a Curator of Commissioned Works for Illinois Humanities and their two-year initiative, “Envisioning Justice.” She is an MA Candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Visual & Critical Studies.
Alexandria Eregbu, Portal #1 (Antelope Canyon), collage on paper, 2018.
Bijan Berahimi (b. 1989) is the director of FISK, a multidisciplinary creative studio and art gallery in Portland, Oregon. He is also adjunct faculty in the graphic design department at the Pacific Northwest College of the Arts. In 2013, he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a degree in graphic design and moved to Portland, Oregon shortly thereafter. His work focuses on the mundane of everyday situations and highlights the normalcy of the visual world around us.
Sunday Monday is a show about what happens during the week. A tall tale about significant and insignificant silhouettes of our everyday. Monday and Sunday define the balance of work and play in our society. The stress of waking up to 100 emails on a Monday, with a looming week staring at a screen ahead and a Sunday, a time to play catch up and be human, social, and good. Utilizing familiar images of clipart, Bijan creates paintings that represent a more complex subconscious: the fear of a digital world and it’s repercussions or, the simple joy of having fresh flowers at home. This show challenges that work can be play, and play can be work. What’s the difference anyways?
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