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First Fridays at the Mill: July 2024

July 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Western philosophy defines the body politic as a collective entity imagined as a metaphorical physical body-an embodied system, ideology, or practice. In celebration of the 5th anniversary since the formation of BASEMENT Art Space, an alternative, experimental, and socially-oriented artist collective, Body Politic exhibits the work of the art space’s current members. Collective­ly, the work of these artists has been the catalyst and genesis of change, growth, and the evolution of BASEMENT.

This installation contemplates bodies as evidence of politics, colonialism, phi­losophy, and absurdity. Chieko Murasugi reimagines the traditional Japanese kimono, crafting it with cheesecloth which once wrapped napalm dropped by the United States on Japan during World War II. Chloé Rager collects rem­nants and evidence of the body’s presence, filling pothole cavities, gathering queered fragments, and archiving signs of our existence. Laura Little exam­ines the body from a medicinal perspective, mining medical archives to create dystopian and liminal perspectives on the US medical system. Her col­lages and altered readymades envision alternative paths for healing the body.

Jonh Blanco, an undisciplined artist, employs the body to render useful things useless. Clumping, leaning onto, attaching, and stacking objects, they narrate

explore the lived experiences of the refugee and immigrant narrative. Collec­tively, these artists materialize the discomfort from our bodies as products or manifestations of US colonialism and failed systems.

This exhibition is curated by Julianne Miao in collaboration with Jonh Blanco, Laura Little, Chieko Murasugi, Chloé Rager, and Hồng-An Trương.


Founded in 2019, BASEMENT is a provisional artist-run project space located in Chapel Hill, NC that supports experimental and critical art practices. We choose to strengthen and build connections between artists and communities specifically in the regional southeast.

To us, working with artists is not only a singular event but is intended to be a long-term commitment to using our platform to uplift each other. We view our support as an important ongoing investment in building relationships with critical art practitioners from and for our local and regional Southern community.


July 5
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Eno Arts Mill
437 Dimmocks Mill Rd Suite 17, Hillsborough, NC
Hillsborough, North Carolina 27278
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