Ilana Harris-Babou’s work is interdisciplinary; spanning sculpture and installation, and grounded in video. She speaks the aspirational language of consumer culture and uses humor as a means to digest painful realities. Her work confronts the contradictions of the American Dream: the ever unreliable notion that hard work will lead to upward mobility and economic freedom.
Harris-Babou has exhibited throughout the US and Europe, with solo exhibitions at The Museum of Arts & Design, Larrie, 80WSE, and HESSE FLATOW in New York. Other venues include Abrons Art Center, the Jewish Museum, Sculpture Center, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the De Young Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has been reviewed in The New Yorker, Artforum and Art in America, among others. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University, and a BA in Art from Yale University.