Emma Safir (b. 1990 NYC) is an artist who employs material exploration and manipulation of fabric through weaving techniques, smocking, lens-based media, rasterization, upholstery, among other methods. Her work functions as screen simulations, proxies and portals. Safir is interested in hierarchies of labor, especially in their relationship to gender and digitization. Safir holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Printmaking and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in Painting & Printmaking. She has exhibited recently at SHIN HAUS at Shin Gallery, Lyles & King, Pentimenti Gallery and TW Fine Art. She is currently an Artist in Residence at the Textiles Art Center in Brooklyn, and a participant in the Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in Manhattan. Safir lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Photograph by Yael Malka.
Sally Eaves Hughes is a curator and writer based in New York. Her research focuses on abstraction, materiality, and geo-politics. A 2021–2022 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program, Hughes holds a master’s degree in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University. Her curated exhibitions are Common Space at Oolite Arts, Miami (2021) and Mary Sibande at the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies, New York (2019). Recently, she contributed to the development of exhibitions including Carl Craig, Sam Gilliam, and Dorothea Rockburne at Dia Art Foundation as well as Visibility Machines. Harun Farocki and Trevor Paglen and My Barbarian at Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her writing has been published in Art in America, Art Papers, The Brooklyn Rail, and Sculpture Magazine.