Brianna Harlan is a multidisciplinary artist and organizer. She works conceptually in multiform, socially engaged art. Her work is driven by the need to confront how systems violently condition our relational identity, and how that influences quality of life, health, and habits. Brianna is a Louisville Hadley Creative and Kentucky Foundation for Women Fire Starter awardee. Her most recent residencies were at Oxbow School of Art and Artists’ Residency and Materia Abierta in Mexico City. She also leads community experiences and presentations, having been a speaker for organizations like For Freedoms, 21C Museum Hotels, and the KY ACLU. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Art and Social Action at Queens College, CUNY.
I am a multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer working primarily with installation, portrait, digital manipulation, intervention, works on paper, and photography. My work is driven by by the need to confront how systems violently condition our relational identity, and how that influences quality of life, health, and habits. I am most concerned with two things: the effects of interpersonal disconnection on the human condition and how our habits both serve and trap us. My work depends on vulnerability and awareness. Since it often engages people’s lives— including mine— the process of inquiry and intervention is just as important as the end result. In my conceptual process, I use community collaboration to reach multiple levels of discovery and nuance. Intimacy and the information behind an impulse are a few outcomes I am interested in. I am excited about exploring narrative through everyday objects and the use of interactive elements to activate the static and familiar. My major influences include Sonya Clark, Otobong Nkanga, Wangechi Mutu, Frida Kahlo, Michael Rakowitz, Octavia Butler, and the moon.
pronouncing Arabic sounds
everything my therapist said, honestly.
Nature. Knows everything we're trying to figure out and put into words.
...well, it's a secret.
the beauty of sincere attention