Cooking with the Erotic

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 4:00pmAppletree

Artist's talk by Ilana Harris-Babou

Join interdisicplinary artist Ilana Harris-Babou’s for a talk about her work, which ranges from sculpture to installation, but is grounded in video and she will share some examples. Ilana speaks the aspirational language of consumer culture; mimicking cooking shows, music videos, and home improvement television, among others. Her videos use the seductive sheen of entertainment as a Trojan Horse to get into the viewer’s line of sight. Once seen, the work distorts and distends the abject failures of material desire, confronting the contradictions of the American Dream; the ever unreliable notion that hard work will lead to upward mobility and economic freedom. Currently a visiting assistant professor at Williams College, Ilana has exhibited throughout the US and Europe and has been the recipient of several fellowships. Her work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, Artforum, and Vice, among others. Learn more

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