Michaela Pilar Brown

Hanging Paper

by Michaela Pilar Brown

Hanging Paper is a work of performance art that makes use of the personal archive. It examines personal archives and how they can be employed as an empowering storytelling device. This work is archival, performative, installation and an exercise in community storytelling, and resource building.

Artist Bio

Michaela Pilar Brown is a multidisciplinary artist using photography, installation and performance to address issues attendant to the black body. She has had solo and group exhibitions in North and South Carolina, New York, Georgia, Washington, DC, California, Germany and Canada. She participated in 2016 Satellite Art Fair, Basel Miami.

She was the 2011 Harvey B. Gantt Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, an artist Grant recipient at the Studio Center of Vermont, and an Artist Venture Grant recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission. In 2016 she was one of six American artists chosen to participate in Open Immersion which was created as a Virtual Reality lab convened by the Ford Foundation, National Film Board of Canada and Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. This November she’ll travel to Montreal for (RIDM) [Montreal International Documentary Film Festival] for three days to present the prototype that she co-directed, and will exhibit work in the 2018 Biennial at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC.

“In spite of changing demographics, Columbia is often viewed as a Black and white city. Historically race relations have determined where and how its citizens lived, and what opportunities and resources they could access. This project and the participating fellows are asking hard questions about these structures through projects informed by community input with the goal of increasing dialogue, and celebrating the past, present and future of the North Main community.”