Biography

©Marisa Vitale

©Marisa Vitale

Alexandra Bell is a multidisciplinary artist who investigates the complexities of narrative, information consumption, and perception. Utilizing various media, she deconstructs language and imagery to explore the tension between marginal experiences and dominant histories. Through investigative research, she considers the ways media frameworks construct memory and inform discursive practices around race, politics, and culture.

Her work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, We Buy Gold, Koenig & Clinton Gallery, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Atlanta Contemporary, Pomona College Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, and Usdan Gallery at Bennington College. She received the 2018 International Center of Photography Infinity Award in the applied category and is a 2018 Soros Equality Fellow. Bell is part of the 2019 Whitney Biennial and has a Spring exhibition at the Charlie James Gallery (LA).

Bell holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies in the humanities from the University of Chicago and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

I realized a lot of the arguments that we were having were about depictions. This isn’t a grammar exercise, I’m really trying to see if I can disrupt subliminal messaging about who should be valued.

Project Proposal

Creating large-scale works in a public setting, Alexandra Bell’s project creates a fictitious newspaper set in the future that explores issues such as housing crises, wealth inequality, prison reform, and other issues using a solutions journalism framework. The project combines public art, print newspaper articles, photojournalism, video, and radio to provide readers with engaging and critical ways of thinking through problems that disproportionately impact black and other marginalized communities.

Part of an ongoing longform, multimedia project, Bell’s project will challenge the general assumption that news that postures solutions violates a journalistic ethos by advocating for particular concerns. In fact, it is because news media is the vehicle through which the public receives most of its information about ways of being, that this is the best medium to deliver these concepts.

Previous Work

A Teenager With Promise, 2017 from the series Counternarratives