Opening September 23 and running through November 11, 2023, Hometraining is a solo exhibition of new work by Simone Bailey, including sculptural work, new paintings, and video. The exhibition title is a term that refers to the social training received from one’s family. This new body of work examines cultural hybridity as a byproduct of the transatlantic slave trade to reflect upon the ways in which the United States’ training for Black Americans helped shape a unique, hybrid culture. Hometraining resides in the discomfort raised by addressing transcultural genetic linkages rooted in the legacy of forced migration. The exhibition leverages historical and contemporary symbols of oppression and injustice to reflect upon their impact.
This exhibition is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for the development of this project was provided by the Headlands Center for the Arts' Bay Area Fellowship: Svane Family Foundation Inaugural Artists
Simone Bailey utilizes sculpture, performance, site-specific installation, and video in her practice, which focuses on ephemerality, desire, surrogate bodies, violence, Blackness, and the impossible. Bailey’s work has been exhibited at Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA), The Lab (San Francisco, CA), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), Galería Luis Adelantado (Valencia, Spain), Anthology Film Archives (New York, NY), Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA), the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY), and CDA Projects (Istanbul), among other venues. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies at Art Omi (Ghent, NY), Real Time & Space (Oakland, CA), Guild Hall (East Hampton, NY), and Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT). She received both an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. She also earned a BFA in Filmmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Bailey lives and works in San Francisco.