Event: Thursday, May 17 from 6:30pm to 8pm
IA&A at Hillyer presents an interactive quilting and embroidery project featuring Julia Kwon, followed by a conversation on gender, cultural identity, and personal history with textile artists Chloe Bensahel and Olivia Tripp Morrow. Collective Quilting participants are invited to bring in remnant fabrics from their own lives or embroider images and texts to share their thoughts and personal experiences of objectification. Each work is added to a larger patchwork in support and solidarity with others.
Julia Kwon creates work that examines gender, ethnicity, and the construction of identity within the contemporary context of globalism and cultural hybridity as well as community and personal relationship building through collaborative art-making. Julia was born in Northern Virginia and earned her MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University and BA in Studio Art at Georgetown University. She has won various awards such as the artist residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Vermont Studio Center, and Textile Arts Center. She has had solo exhibitions at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD, University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, IA&A at Hillyer in Washington, DC, Textile Arts Center in New York, NY, and the Project Space at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada. http://www.juliakwon.com/
Chloe Bensahel is a Franco-Sephardic artist whose work addresses human relationships to place and culture. An alumni of Parsons the New School for Design, Bensahel has worked worked in France, Japan, and Nepal, collaborating with artisans on contemporary art projects and installations. Her work has been shown in spaces ranging from the National Mall in Washington, DC to Galerie Odile Ouizeman in Paris. She is currently a fellow at the Halycon Arts Lab in Washington, DC. www.chloebensahel.com
Olivia Tripp Morrow received her BFA at Syracuse University, graduating cum laude with a BFA in December of 2012. Her most recent works are video and sculptural installations inspired by themes of the body, memory, and identity, as well as feminism and sexuality. Morrow has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, Canada, and France. She has permanent installations at the Anacostia Art Center in Washington, DC and National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, and installations on-loan at the NoMA Business Improvement District in Washington, DC, and at the Arlington Art Center, where she is a current Resident Artist. https://www.otmorrow.com/
IA&A at Hillyer is located at 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. For more informaiton, visit http://athillyer.org/.