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Who: Sessa Englund
From: Sweden, lives in Brooklyn
What: Sessa’s personal interiors become external as she bravely unveils herself through public commodities.
Where you’ve seen her work: You can find Self Placement* – a personal photo series printed on a set of mass-produced coffee mugs on display and for sale at Valentine Gallery.
Why we’re into it: We recently caught up with Sessa at February’s Bushwick Art Crit Group while presenting her Self Placement * series and diving deep into the views behind her work. Sessa described the intimate technique of inflicting herself on a medium as a way to legitimately understand it. In Self Placement *, the public space becomes a canvas for her own personal reflection, revealing emotional interiors through familiar products.
Sessa is also working with Julia Sinelnikova from Arts in Bushwick to plan three panel talks for this year’s Bushwick Open Studios. These will weigh in on the affect of housing and real-estate development within the neighborhood and offer an open discussion on the role of art and creativity in our society as framed through the mindset of the Bushwick artist community.
Having recently curated Introductions, a group exhibition by the Japanese art collective Art Beasties at Brooklyn Fireproof East, as well as various shows for The Con Artist Collective, Sessa, has been active in both the creation of her own art and furthering the exposure of others.
When Sessa is not contributing to BOS or curating shows, she is exploring new ways to take private experiences and put them in a public space. Very fitting of her role in the art world, one of Sessa’s upcoming projects is a show that will examine artists who curate, slated to open in the Spring. In maintaining the critical balance between curator and artist, Sessa will collaborate with Brooklyn-based artists Lucia Love, Benjamin Bertocci and Jen Hitchings, who are essentially all doing the same in tandem.