Wesleyan portrait of Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou

Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou

Luther Gregg Sullivan Fellow in Art


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BA Yale University
MFA Columbia University

Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou


My work is interdisciplinary; spanning sculpture and installation, and grounded in video. I speak the aspirational language of consumer culture, using humor as a means to digest painful realities. My work confronts the contradictions of the American Dream: the ever unreliable notion that hard work will lead to upward mobility and economic freedom. 






I have exhibited throughout the US and Europe, with solo exhibitions at The Museum of Arts & Design and HESSE FLATOW in New York, USA. Other venues include: The Whitney Museum of Art, New York, USA; The Studio Museum, New York, USA; Sculpture Center, Queens, USA; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany; Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; West Space, Melbourne, Australia; among others. My work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

My work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Artforum, Vice, Sculpture Magazine, and Art in America, among others.

Before coming to Wesleyan, I taught video and sculpture at Williams College. I've also taught courses at Bennington College, the School of Visual Arts, and the Ox Bow School of Art, among others.


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Fall 2021
ARST 286 - 01
Intro to Time-Based Media