Wesleyan portrait of Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou

Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou

Assistant Professor of Art

iharrisbabou@wesleyan.edu

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BA Yale University
MFA Columbia University

Ilana Yacine Harris-Babou

Ilana Harris-Babou's work is interdisciplinary; spanning sculpture and installation, and grounded in video. She speaks the aspirational language of consumer culture, using humor as a means to digest painful realities. Her work confronts the contradictions of the American Dream: the ever unreliable notion that hard work will lead to upward mobility and economic freedom. 

* Portrait Credit: WangShui

 

 

She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally, with recent survey exhibitions at Kunsthaus Hamburg & the ICA Chattanooga. Other venues include The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA; The Highline, New York, USA; SculptureCenter, New York, USA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA; The Queens Museum; New York, USA; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; West Space, Melbourne, Australia; Gallery Miroslav Kraljevi¿, Zagreb, Croatia; and Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Her work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Artforum, e-flux, Sculpture Magazine, and Art in America, among others.

Before coming to Wesleyan, She taught video and sculpture at Williams College. She has also taught courses at Virginia Commonwealth University, Bennington College, the School of Visual Arts, and the Ox Bow School of Art, among others.

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By Appointment: email iharrisbabou@wesleyan.edu

Courses

Spring 2024
ARST 286 - 01
Intro to Time-Based Media

ARST 386 - 01
Intermediate Time-Based Media