Opening: Friday, October 11 from 6pm to 8pm
Intimate Systems, including MFA candidates Jamille Wallick, Lianna Zaragoza, Kamille Jacksonn, and guest artist Mina Nasr, features drawings, video, photography, and site-specific installation works. Intimate Systems observes the ways in which we instinctively order our biological, architectural, and cultural frameworks while also searching for the delicate places inside and between them.
Through digital and alternative process photography Jamille Wallick seeks to reconsider the reciprocal relationship between environment and person. Her work considers ways in which the edges between the two are not as clearly defined as we pretend them to be. Lianna Zaragoza uses alternative process photography and video installation to further her research in PTSD and the processing of traumatic memories. She examines the ways that memories are recorded and re-experienced in the mind and body during and after a traumatic event. Kamille Jackson’s imagery documents aspects of her surroundings and explores identity through abstraction. Mina Nasr’s work is taken from the architectural style of Washington D.C., representing the shape and concept of the traditional political institution. Through the daily experiences of exposure to these visual structures, the city accumulates within experimental compositions in an attempt to adapt an alternative reality.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EXHIBITION IS ON VIEW AT WEST GALLERY IN THE FLAGG BUILDING (500 17TH STREET, NW), NOT GALLERY 102.
Kamille Jackson is a visual artist based in Northern Virginia. She uses drawing and digital media as the foundation for her work. Her imagery consists of text pieces, landscapes, and loose patterns. The desire to document her surroundings has lead her to a broader investigation of identity through abstraction. She received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, was featured by Afropunk, and is currently an MFA candidate at George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
Lianna Zaragoza, an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, painting, and video to examine the ways that traumatic events are recorded and re-experienced in the mind and body in the present. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Florida and worked at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art before relocating to Washington DC for graduate school. Her work investigates elements of posttraumatic stress disorder that fragment the present such as flashbacks, dissociation, and hyper-vigilance.
Jamille Wallick is a mixed media artist with a background in dance and photography leading her curiosity to create projects that explore the strange relationship of moments lived in full awareness of their temporality and the simultaneous desire to immortalize them. She received a BS dual degree in Anthropology and Dance Studies and a Masters of Education in New Media and Global Education from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. In addition to her own work in short documentary, photography, and dance, she was teaching media courses at Appalachian State and creating multi-media choreographic work with Verge Dance Collective in Boone, NC before moving with her family to DC to join the Studio Art MFA program at GW.
Mina Nasr is an Egyptian visual artist based in Cairo currently conducting research as a Fulbright Scholar. His work revolves around investigating identity and ideas related to the culture of coexistence in the surrounding environment. Nasr drawings take unconventional dimensions embodied in installations that move between black and white colours. He aims to create dynamic interactions that connect different relationships in one space and raise questions about the extent to which they can adapt to political and social events.