Join artists Rabéa Ballin and Jamal Cyrus for a discussion of their work within the context of the exhibition Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses. Each will share more about their process and inspiration as it relates to Houston, Texas and the legacy of DJ Screw.
This talk is a walk-through in the gallery and no seating will be provided. If you would like special accommodations to be made, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Light lunch provided.
About Rabéa Ballin
Born in Germany, raised in Louisiana, Houston-based artist Rabea Ballin’s works explore the uniqueness of self-identity and beautification practices that involve hair. Influenced early on by Nigerian photographer J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Ballin continues to explore the complexities of hair as sculpture and their often lost cultural meanings. She documents these themes primarily through drawing, digital photography, and various printmaking practices. In addition to working as an independent artist, she is a founding member of the all-female ROUX printmaking collective since 2011. Ballin serves as an artist board member at Art League Houston (Texas) and has completed residencies at DiverseWorks (Houston, Texas), Tougaloo College (Jackson, Mississippi) and Project Row Houses (Houston, Texas). Ballin was a featured artist in the 2017 Texas Biennial as well as the group exhibition re/thinking photography at Fotofest and the Houston Center for Photography. Teaching artist, curator, and frequent panelist, she is currently living and working in Houston’s historical Third Ward community.
About Jamal Cyrus
Jamal Cyrus (born 1973, Houston, Texas) received his BFA from the University of Houston in 2004 and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) in 2008. In 2005, he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Maine), and in 2010 he was an Artist in Residence at Artpace (San Antonio, Texas). Cyrus has won several awards, including the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, the BMW Art Journey Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the Artadia Houston Award, and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. He has participated in national and international exhibitions, including The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 – Now, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois (traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2016); Arresting Patterns, ArtSpace, New Haven, Connecticut (traveled to the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 2016); two exhibitions at the Studio Museum, Harlem, New York (both 2013); the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2012); the New Museum, New York City, New York (2011); The Kitchen, New York City (2009); the Museum of London Docklands, London, United Kingdom (2009); and The Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium (2007). In 2006 Cyrus was included in Day for Night, the 2006 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City.