Lois Bielefeld is an exhibiting artist with Ebtihal Shedid.
Artists Statement on Reciprocity
Lois Bielefed and Ebtihal Shedid met for the first time at SFCamerawork two years ago. Since then they have started a regular exchange. While they come from different backgrounds, in their practices both have been considering family and memory. In 2019 they both started their MFAs and since then there has been a reciprocity through sharing ideas, work, and headspace. As a queer feminist, Lois has been attempting to create space through making to negotiate difference with her conservative Evangelical family. Ebtihal’s dad was denied a visa to come visit her in the States and since then she has been thinking about finding a way to invite her dad to San Francisco. “You have no reason to go back” is a piece that invites her father to come to the States. The reciprocal threads in their work enable them to develop conversations about memory, family, and belonging further.
Artist Bio of Lois Bielefeld
Bielefeld uses series-based portraits, filmmaking, audio pieces, and installation to capture those human moments and qualities that both bind us and display our uniqueness. These social studies center on food, identity, gender, community, and personal space. Bielefeld currently lives and works in Chicago.
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