When it moves without moving… like WATER
with Kala Fellowship Artists Felipe Castelblanco and Jamil Hellu
Thursday, November 12, 7-9pm
2990 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702
Kala Art Institute is excited to present When it moves without moving… like WATER, a screening and conversation between current fellowship artists Felipe Castelblanco and Jamil Hellu.
Current Fellowship artist Felipe Castelblanco will present his recent video work, Driftless, which explores the fluidity of public spacesthrough interventions in large bodies of water in several countries. In addition to screening this work, Felipe will present research materials that have informed his process. From there, he and artist Jamil Hellu will discuss themes central to both of their practices including questions surrounding the presence of contemporary public art in unusual or contested public spaces, and the materiality, politics and contradictions of water as a medium for public engagement.
Felipe Castelblanco is a Colombian/American interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of socially engaged and new media art. Through urban interventions, video, sculpture, performance and networked installations his work creates participatory experiences of publicness and coexistent—if sometimes contentious—encounters. Most recently, he has constructed an invisible wall connecting children across two continents (Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh); collaborated with participants from 10 countries to turn the world upside-down (Future Tenant Gallery); and assembled a team of day laborers to paint houses—on canvas—in the streets of Philadelphia (Practice Gallery). Felipe holds and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and in 2012 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been shown internationally, including the San Diego Museum of Art in California, FAD festival in Belo Horizonte Brazil, FIVAC festival in Camagüey Cuba, Practice Gallery in Philadelphia, and the Valenzuela Klenner Gallery in Bogotá Colombia among others.
Jamil Hellu focuses his work on his ethnicity and Middle-Eastern ancestry, engaging in a multidisciplinary investigation of his own internalized feelings about the tragedies of war. While addressing the implications and stereotypes of his Arab heritage, he creates artworks that are both personal and overtly political. He earned his MFA in art practice from Stanford University in 2010 and was granted a BFA degree in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. He was selected for the Artist-in-Residence Program at Recology San Francisco in 2014. Hellu received the MFA Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts for 2010–2011. He was granted a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2008. He lives in San Francisco.