Adelita Husni-Bey


 A close-up portrait of Adelita Husnia-Bey in cool tones. She is outdoors with her hair pushed back, smokey eye makeup, and a silver earring of a bird on her left ear. Her head is tilted up as she looks slyly down into the camera. Adelita Husni-Bey is an artist and pedagogue interested in anarco-collectivism, theater, law and urban studies. She organizes workshops, produces publications, radio broadcasts, archives and exhibition work focused on using non-competitive pedagogical models through the framework of contemporary art. Working with activists, architects, jurists, schoolchildren, spoken word poets, actors, urbanists, physical therapists, athletes, teachers and students across different backgrounds the work focuses on unpacking the complexity of collectivity. To make good what can never be made good: what we owe each other. 

Recent solo exhibitions include: White Paper: On Land, Law and the Imaginary, Centro de Arte dos de Mayo, Mostoles, A Wave in the Well, Sursock Museum, Beirut, 2016, Movement Break, Kadist foundation, 2015, Playing Truant, Gasworks, 2012. She has participated in Being: New Photography 2018, MoMA, 2018, Dreamlands, Whitney Museum, 2016, The Eighth Climate, 11th Gwangju Biennale, 2015, Really Useful Knowledge, Reina Sofia museum, 2014, Utopia for Sale?, MAXXI museum, 2014 and has held workshops and lectures at ESAD Grenoble, 2016, The New School, 2015, Sandberg Institute, 2015, Museo del 900, 2013, Temple University, 2013, Birkbeck University, 2011 amongst other spaces. She is a 2012 Whitney Independent Study Program fellow, a 2016 Graham Foundation grantee and has represented Italy at the Venice Biennale of Art, 2017 with a video rooted in anti-extractivist struggles.

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Work in the exhibition:

Four young women of different racial backgrounds surround a fern in an indoor space. They are dressed colorfully while donning avante garde makeup. They are posed in front of a hand painted background with imagery of plants and zodiac symbols while two of them look at iPads.

The institution will be run by a morally superior Al. 2018. C-print. 142 x 177 cm


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[Image description: Miranda Lash stands in front of Adelita Husni-Bey's work in the gallery. A red play button is in the bottom right corner.]