2018–2019 Visual Artist Residents
Rashin Fahandej | Summer 2018 Public Artist Resident PDF Print E-mail

Rashin Fahandej
Summer 2018 Public Artist Resident
A Father’s Lullaby multi-platform sound installation on BCA Public Plaza
July 28–October 26, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 6–9 pm

Rashin Fahandej will use the BCA Summer Public Artist Residency to further develop her multi-platform project A Father’s Lullaby, to consider the absence of fathers in communities of color as a direct result of mass incarceration, its life-long impact on children who are left behind and its weight on women and lower-income families, explored through the space of love and intimacy. The project is being developed with community members as creative collaborators, if you would like to contribute your voice to this project, please visit fatherslullaby.org or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to set up an interview. It was initially launched in 2016–2017, when Fahandej served as Artist in Residence with the City of Boston, and has also been developed in connection with her role as Research Fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab since 2016.

Rashin Fahandej, A Father's Lullaby
Rashin Fahandej, A Father’s Lullaby, Variation I, Video Projection and Multi channel Sound, Data visualized graph, TVs and stereo sound Exhibition at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

Fahandej’s project for BCA will be realized in partnership with multiple organizations including the newly formed Office of Returning Citizens in Boston, an agency supporting individuals who return to Boston after being released from state, federal and county facilities, as well as others who were previously incarcerated. She will work with BCA to develop a public, multi-channel site-specific sound installation of lullabies utilizing the trees and garden on BCA’s public plaza. The work will be created through a community-engaged process including workshops with formerly incarcerated men and other fathers in our community.

Selected Media Coverage

A Jarring Lullaby | By Matt Martinelli | July 20, 2018 | The Improper Boston

Featured in The Ticket | August 3, 2018 | The Boston Globe

 
Woomin Kim | Fall 2018 Visual Artist Resident PDF Print E-mail

Woomin Kim
Fall 2018 Visual Artist Resident
September 10–December 21, 2018

Woomin Kim creates landscapes of urban anthropology using donated objects from local residents. Her recent projects have included building a large scale loom and using it to weave together locally collected objects, and weaving jewelry from antique stores with wool, both indicative of her interest in our interactions with the objects, materials and products that make up contemporary material culture.

Woomin Kim, Urban Nest
Woomin Kim, Urban Nest: Greater Boston woods, found fibers from Greater Boston area, 2017

At BCA, Kim plans to develop a new installation that will involve building several freestanding frames based on the structure of the tapestry loom. After collecting sweaters from members of the community, she will unravel the threads and tie the strings vertically to the frame as warps. She will then collect old jewelry, fabric and small accessories from local individuals, and weave them into the frame as well. The finished fabrics will stay mounted in the original frame like standing banners containing abstract images made from various materials and fabrics.

Click here for information about the Reception for Kim’s project.

Artist's Presentation and Reception, December 10 at Mills Gallery

 
Kim Smith | Winter/Spring 2019 Visual Artist Resident PDF Print E-mail

Kim Smith
Winter/Spring 2019 Visual Artist Resident
January 28–May 10, 2019

Image courtesy of Kim Smith
Image courtesy of Kim Smith

We stare at our impersonal maps, hands holding our phone, and our necks craned down, cutting off the rich world around us and locking us into an isolated, virtual representation. We so often experience our world from this vantage point, as a dot following a path on an aerial projection. With our technological tools, often we become passive participants—we look to our technological tools to guide our behavior, and create default modes.

During her Spring 2019 Visual Artist Residency, artist Kim Smith explores our world from a creative cartographic lens—creating map-like artifacts and documenting new ways of exploring neighborhoods with community participants. Her work is process-based, relying heavily on continuous engagement with place, the people and community.

Public programs will include community walking tours that expand on creative and unexpected ways of navigating the city, and map-making activities for ages 8 to 80 that allow participants to create meaningful expressions of the place around them.

Over the course of her residency at BCA, Smith will collect and create new artifacts of map-making of the South End and surrounding area, contributing to an ongoing durational piece that intersects the experience of place with time, and maps the creative process over the course of the residency. In the process, she aims to reveal something about the interactions between people and place in a new way, while inspiring new appreciation and participation in the city.

Public Event dates (subject to change)

Personal Geography: Community Walking Tour Saturday, March 30 | 2–3:30 pm

Personal Geography: Artist’s Talk Wednesday, April 24 | 6–7:30 pm

 

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