A collaboration between 5/5 Collective and the space at 1340 Bryant street.
September 21 - October 27, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 6-9pm
Multimedia collective, 5/5 is dedicated to exploring Black(ness) as an idea, consciousness, reference, and embodied experience through space, language, and visual culture. 5/5 was co-founded by Tania Balan-Gaubert, Troy Chew and Nkiruka Oparah during their MFA at California College of the Arts.
Tania L. Balan-Gaubert is a interdisciplinary artist, curator, and writer who uses photography, found and ready-made objects, craft materials, assemblage, and video to contemplate migration, long-distance nationalism, and belonging. She constructs works that are caught between several realms. Blending cultural symbols and signifiers, personal archive(s), spirituality and lore, Balan-Gaubert draws from her Haitian and American heritages to map a diasporic allegorical space she refers to as The 10th Department. Balan-Gaubert was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to the Bay Area from Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 2018 and her MA in African American Studies from Columbia University in 2012.
Troy Chew is an artist from Hawthorne, California. He attended UC Merced, where he received his BA in Psychology. His work explores the African Diaspora within the urban culture through his two series, Out the Mud and Slanguage. Out the Mud speaks to the rip in the cultural fabric of African Americans, and the several negative and positive paths taken to repair and continue the fabric; while also questioning the definitions of “Fine art” and “Folk Art”. Slanguage is a reference to the colloquial speech rooted in urban areas and Hip-Hop music. Similar to Dutch and Flemish still lives, Troy depicts a literal representation of coded words used within urban culture.
Nkiruka Oparah Nkiruka Oparah is a first generation Nigerian artist, curator, and writer living and working in Oakland, CA. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia and her MFA from California College of the Arts. Employing methods of construction such as hand sewing, dyeing, collage, video and assemblage, Oparah builds multimedia portraits from found objects, familial and personal images, and repurposed materials to investigate black identity, Nigerian cultural memory, and as an ongoing attempt to materialize her experience of displacement.