Join artist Rabéa Ballin for a discussion of her work within the context of the exhibition Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses. Ballin will share more about her unique, complex processes in relation to methodologies of material manipulation and the strategies used by DJ Screw. Slowed and Throwed is an exhibition that orbits around the legacy of the late Houston legend DJ Screw.
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.