Mich and J.Bilhan began their collaborative practice in 2014 under the guise of “Tenativ”, a company that designed hybrid/combination backpacks and tents; within the larger framework of raising awareness and tackling the homelessness crisis in Houston. At the time Houston’s homeless population exceeded 15,000 men, women and children who lacked shelter, protection and access. As a part of the study converted into a company focused on creating positive social impact, Mich and J organized and completed a 150 mile walk from Houston to Austin as a fundraiser in partnership with Covenant House in support of homeless youth. Both artists lived out of the backpacks they created while managing marketing, logistics, and communication with a national audience.
Since completing their work with Tenativ in 2016 both Mich and J traveled the globe seeking to do meaningful work as artists and creative producers giving both viable and ample experience in advertising, marketing, design, art direction, experience design and consultation. Both Mich and J also experienced the realities of homelessness during their lives as recent as 2017. This deep connection to the social issue has embedded the two deeply within the conversation between scarcity and abundance. Additionally, Due to the recent global focus on the climate crisis, both artist are utilizing salvaged materials in their work to challenge the traditional viewpoint on material value. Asking the questions: what is waste or what is valuable?
“There Is Enough For Everyone” is their latest study, an art exhibition opening in Houston pointing a spotlight directly at the reality of scarcity within black and brown communities. Prodding the limitations, distribution, and access of wealth in the City of Houston and the country at large. The artist wish to widen the voices involved in the global conversation dealing with the scarcity and abundance of the “they”, the others, the blacks, the browns or as Frantz Fannon puts it, “The Wretched of the Earth.