CERN Video Statement

hello my name is zeelie brown. i’m an artist, 31, i was born in san antonio, tx and raised in a small town in alabama. i’m inspired by the cern project. my work has a lot to do with the…

hello my name is zeelie brown. i’m an artist, 31, i was born in san antonio, tx and raised in a small town in alabama. i’m inspired by the cern project. my work has a lot to do with the radicalization of space, finding sanctuary, and showing up in spaces that were never meant for you. i think a lot about the future humanity. for someone of my generation it is impossible not to think about the future of humanity. we live in a world that is not in peril, we have imperiled ourselves in the world through environmental degradation, by the homogenization of human existence, by trapping ourselves in an ideology that believes that there can be both eternity and eternal growth.

And so, I’m trying to cast a sort of liberation theology in space, I’m trying to create spaces of freedom, spaces of refuge, and exile in a time when State and Capital play by different rules. I’m inspired by the fact science has been deemed such a field that the rules, the fractures between the ways that states operate and the way that capital operates become more porous, more fluid, they ebb and flow, and it is in that ebb and flow that we are able to overcome the colonizing influence of the ways that once one throws up a wall in space one inevitably races, classes and genders it. So, at core I’m trying through a black lens, through a queer lens, through a trans lens, through a lens of human survival, to understand that thing, that very core thing that makes us, us.