Ebtisam Abdulaziz is a multidisciplinary artist & writer. Reflecting her Bachelor’s Degree in Science & Mathematics, Abdulaziz incorporates her unique perspective on mathematics and the structures of systems to explore issues of identity and culture through installations, performance pieces and works on paper. Her works are evidence of a fascinated with systemic ways to produce emotionally or intellectually meaningful forms of expression.
Abdulaziz has exhibited as part of the Inaugural UAE and ADACH Pavilions at 53rd Venice Biennale, as well as at the 7th & 10th Sharjah Biennial; Languages of the Desert, the Kunst Museum, Bonn, Germany; Dubai Next, a collaboration between the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority and Vitra Design Museum, Basel 2008; Arab Express, a group exhibition at The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; 25 years of Arab Creativity, The Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Inventing The World: The Artists as a Citizen, Benin Biennial 2012, Kora Centre, Benin. FotoFest Biennial, Art in Houston, Texas, US. Past Forward, contemporary art from the Emirates, Washington, DC, Los Angeles,CA, East Lansing,MI, Fort Worth, TX, Lexington,KY, Dallas,TX, Spokane,WA. Recently showing at Cara Gallery, New York. Recently showing at NYUAD and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Ebtisam is one of 100 powerful Arab women of 2013 list.
Bisan Abu Eisheh
Bisan Abu Eisheh born in Jerusalem, Palestine (1985) and lives between Jerusalem, Glasgow and London. He is a PhD candidate at CREAP department, University of Westminster. He is using art as a tool to investigate history, society and politics. Working across media, such as video, installations and interventions, with a practice situated both within the gallery space and the public sphere, his work attempts to create a sort of shared awareness for himself as well as his audience about several details lost within grand narratives.
Abu Eisheh’s works has been shown at major institutions and art events such as The Palestinian Museum (2017); Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2016); Glasgow International (2016); Eva International Biennial (2014); ICA (2013); and the Istanbul Biennial (2011).
Joanna Borkowska, an abstract painter, was born in Poland and lives and works in Warsaw. She studied political science at the Jagiellonian University, the University of Oxford, and Paul Valéry University of Montpellier, France. She earned her doctorate in 2004 from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where she lectured on the history of political thought and international relations from 2001 to 2007. In 2006, she published a book titled Catharism: A Dispute Over Medieval Dualism.
Since 2008, Borkowska has devoted herself completely to painting. After debuting in 2009 with a solo exhibition in the National Museum in Szczecin, she has exhibited in Italy, Monaco, Switzerland, and Spain, as well as throughout Poland.
The source of Borkowska’s inspiration is Nature, which she understands as everything that is, from the molecular to the cosmic, with all its forces and processes. Her practice explores her interest in the beginning and the end of the Universe, and ideas related to the concepts of Nothingness and Absolute Nothingness in both philosophy and science. In her work, she translates these ideas and the invisible, vibrational aspects of Nature onto the canvas.
Lionel Cruet was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, lives and works in New York City and San Juan. Cruet received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas en Puerto Rico and a Master in Fine Arts from CUNY - The City College of New York, and was the recipient of the Juan Downey Audiovisual Award in 2013 at the 11th Media Arts Biennale at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile. Cruet uses experimental digital printing processes, performance, and audiovisual installations to confront issues that concern economics, geopolitics, and technology. Works of Cruet's have been included in important group exhibitions at, amongst other venues and institutions, the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico; and Universidad de Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico; and the Bronx River Art Center mounted a solo exhibition of his work in 2015. Projects by Cruet have been reviewed by Made in Mind Magazine, designboom, Daily Serving California College of the Arts, and Latinx Spaces. Cruet works with New York City Department of Education, as well as multiple nonprofits, including Lincoln Center Education, New York, that promote art and aesthetic education for immigrant youth.
Sean Fader (b.1985) holds an MA in digital arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Fader’s recent solo show for Spring/Break Arts Show with Denny Gallery, #365ProfilePics, was developed during residencies at Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Fader received a faculty enrichment grant from FIT and a materials grant from Yaddo to support #365ProfilePics. Recent performances include #fernwings at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Socrates Sculpture Park, and Yaass Gaga at Satellite Art Show (Miami). Previous solo shows include #wishingpelt at Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago), Spring Break Art Show (NYC), and Pulse Art Fair (NYC), and Sup? at the University of Illinois in Springfield. Group shows include White Boys, curated by Hank Willis Thomas and Natasha L Logan (Haverford College); New Portraits, curated by Richard Prince (Gagosian, NYC); and Share This! Appropriation After Cynicism (Denny Gallery, NYC). Recent fellowships include New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and A Blade of Grass. Recent press includes MOMUS, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Vice, Art/Slant, Art News, Gothamist, NY1, the Huffington Post, and Slate. Fader is based in Brooklyn.
Karin Ferrari grew up in Italy. She works and lives in Austria and Paris. Karin Ferrari has studied cultural studies and painting on the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Karin Ferrari uses visual material from pop culture and daily life in order to investigate the present. Since 2011 she has been working on her video series DECODING THE WHOLE TRUTH. These experimental docu-fictions claim to reveal hidden messages in music videos and TV news.
Ferrari’s work is an artistic contribution to topical discussions concerning fake news phenomena and digital literacy. Her artistic work is inspired by Internet subcultures that try to understand what's really going on. In an experimental and unorthodox way Ferrari combines academic theory, paranoid political imagination and esoteric utopian desires. Ferrari’s videos are published on her YouTube channel TR4$H M4GIC TV, have been shown internationally in museums and art-centres and broadcast on television, such as at the Cité des Arts Paris (Solo), Antarctic Biennale 2017, the 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art 2016, 21er Haus - Museum for Contemporary Art, Vienna / Blickle Kino (Solo), Royal Military Museum in Brussels)
Australia, Art Omi Australia Committee
Emma Fielden is a multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. Her practice includes drawing, installation, sculpture and recently video. Initially trained in the discipline of classical music, then jewellery and hand engraving, Fielden’s background instilled in her a fixation on minute details and repetitive processes, traits that remain constant in her visual arts practice today.
Fielden makes artworks to explore ideas spanning the infinite and the infinitesimal, the largest astronomical structures and the smallest constituents of matter, the unseen forces of the universe and our place in it. Her work is exhibited regularly in solo and group exhibitions. She has been a finalist and recipient of several awards and grants.
Canada, Explore Habland Award
Peter Flemming is a full-time artist, part-time professor and some-time curator in Montréal who exhibits and works internationally. Research interests include ad hoc architecture, intuitive physics, informal engineering, neuromimes, solar power, waste harvest, saunas. Flemming's work considers natural and technological ecologies, in site-specific projects that are resolved intuitively and experimentally.
Paula Flores was born and raised in the border city of Tijuana. She has a bachelor's degree in visual arts from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California in the city of Tijuana. In 2018 she will continue her studies with an Art & Science MA at Angewandte University in Vienna, Austria.
In her work Paula Flores attempts to represent the complexity of nature, and our knowledge as well as ignorance that we have towards it. She treats themes such as immigration and the disappearance of native cultures, flora and fauna as a result of modern industry; the space these cultures occupy and how they've changed according to its commodification. Making use of diverse artistic disciplines and a mix of organic and industrial materials, she creates a dialogue regarding the current situation between human and nature.
Italy, Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship
Francesco Fonassi (Brescia, 1986) is an Italian artist, sonic researcher and musician operating in the field of contemporary art, live media and experimental music. His work, developed through actions, recordings, environmental configurations, radio transmissions, listening sessions, live performances and the creation of audiovisuals and sensory spaces, has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Italian and international institutions such as Palais de Tokyo, Paris; MAXXI, MACRO, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome; Viafarini DOCVA e CareOf, Milan; Mambo, Bologna; The Emily Harvey Foundation, New York; Färgfabriken, Stockholm; CSMVS Museum, Mumbai. He has been finalist at Furla Prize (2015), LUM Prize (2011) and winner of Moroso Concept Award (2017) and 6Artista Prize (2012). Among the interventions in festivals, and indipendent spaces: Clark House Initiative, Mumbai; BB15, Linz; Blockhaus DY10, Nantes; DKSG Galerija e Remont Gallery, Belgrade; A Certain Lack Of Coherence, Porto; Glassbox, Paris; Spazio O', Milan; Sarajevo Winter Festival, Sarajevo; Bjcem, Skopje; Q16_Rome Quadriennale, Rome.
Forming a primarily ethical relationship with knowledge and with others, the work of Francesco Fonassi acts on the dynamics of perception, forcing reality to clash with the devices of separation and interaction that are implied by and express a general feeling. He does this by focusing on the human tendency to submit or react to forms of aggression and isolation, interruption and duration, through the experience of listening, which he takes as a threshold on which to explore relationships of activity and passivity, and beyond which to trace out realms of co-belonging. Through actions, recordings, environmental configurations, radio transmissions, listening sessions, and the creation of audiovisual and sensory spaces, Fonassi gives tangible form to the place where knowledge and imagination flow into each other, and the image – whether mathematical, visual or auditory – takes on a function of actualization. Linking together different forms of knowledge, Fonassi designs the space for a multitude of subjects that are no longer passive, both perceiving and perceived, susceptible to developing ways of holding together and resisting inclusion in a self-sufficient whole, be it acoustic or social.
Nicole Franchy (Lima, 1977) Studies Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts Corriente Alterna, she moved to Belgium in 2010 where she graduated from The Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Belgium and was a resident at the ISCP International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York from 2014 till 2017.
Moving between the archive and the fictive Franchy´s practice is mostly based on collage and installation, elaborating representations from different signifying systems—encyclopedias, postcards, books, etc.—from which I fragment and cut in order to appropriate these primary material while constructing new perceptions, associations and insertions that would re-construct a physical as well as mental constructions. which she calls “associative landscapes” or “political geographies”.
Franchy's work has been included in numerous exhibitions such as Hybrid Topographies, Deutsche Bank, New York (2018); America, Ludlow 67, New York (2016); Dreamers and Realists, Ruiz-Healy Art, San Antonio (2016); Ashes, Nova Invaliden Galerie, Berlin (2016); Europa, ArteBa, Buenos Aires (2015); Traveling exhibition: Where Do We Migrate To? Värmland’s Museum, Karlstad, Sweden (2015-2016), The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, New York (2012), and Center for Art Design and Visual Culture, Baltimore (2011); Dublin Contemporary (2011). Her work has been showed in New York, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Ghent, Basel, Buenos Aires, and several other countries.
USA, Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship
Living and working in Olathe, Kansas, Rashawn Griffin was a 2005-2006 resident of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s AIR program. Along with exhibiting in the 2008 Whitney Biennial, his work has been shown widely, including a two-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem with Senga Nengudi (RSVP), as well as group exhibitions “Freeway Balconies” at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Germany curated by Collier Schorr, and “THREADS: Textiles and Fiber in the works of African American Artists” at EK Projects in Beijeng, curated by Lowery Stokes Sims. Having been the subject of the solo exhibition “A hole-in-the-wall country” at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, as well as the group exhibition “Minimal Baroque” at Rønnebæksholm in Næstved, Denmark, he has recently participated as a Master Artist-in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He was a 2015 Charlotte Street Award winner in Kansas City.
Orkhan Huseynov graduated from The Faculty of Ceramic Design at the Azimzadeh State Art College in Baku in 1995, and from The Faculty of Ceramic Design at Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art in 1999. He received his Master’s Degree in 2000 from The Faculty of Art History and Theory at The Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Art in Baku.
Huseynov is equally prolific in painting, installation, video, drawing and other media. From the outset, the focus of his work became his country’s folk tradition and history, especially in its post-Soviet reawakening. Culture, art, everyday life, monuments, and traditional games all find a place in his work. More serious themes also find expression in his work. Huseynov’s works are far wider reaching in geographical and temporal terms, achieving a sense of universality. His conceptual work is similarly ambitious.
The artist was exhibited at the national pavilion of Azerbaijan (2007), and Love Me Love Me Not collateral event of the Venice Biennale (2013). His works were exhibited in various galleries, art fairs, museums and art institutions across Europe and Middle East. The artist lives and works in Baku.
Kahlil Robert Irving is a multimedia artist, currently living and working in Saint Louis, Missouri. Irving completed his BFA in art history and ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute. In May of 2017, Irving earned his Master of Fine Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. At Washington University in St. Louis Irving was a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow. Recently, Irving was nominated and awarded the 2017 Alice C. Cole Fellowship from the studio art department at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Currently Irving is Artist-in-residence and Visiting Professor at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
His work is in the collections of the Riga Porcelain Museum, in Riga, Latvia; Foundation for Contemporary Ceramic Art in Kecskemet, Hungary; The Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri; The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.
Most recently, his practice has involved making objects that are to challenge constructs around identity and culture in western civilization. He wants to challenge realities of Racism and objects that exist within the history of decorative arts.
Croatia, Fellowship for an artist living and working in Croatia
Radovan Kunić was born in Rijeka, Croatia. where he is currently living and working. He graduated in the department of Sculpture, on the Academy of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka. In his profesional work, rather than sculpture, he dedicated himself to painting. In his paintings, he uses elements of everyday and ordinary, in order to create scenes of new value. To the observers, he tends to introduce new made worlds - which exist on the borders of that which is imaginative, as well as hardly determined – worlds those that react to harsh reality of everyday life by avoiding or bypassing it.
Radovan Kunić displayed his work in individual and group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. His paintings are housed in private and public collections of art.
Since 2014 he has worked as an associate in capacity of assistant professor on the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka.
jc lenochan is a multi-discipline artist combining drawing, sculpture, performance and installation as a formidable practice in the critique of academic pedagogy as a means of Socratic questioning the acquisition of knowledge in terms of racial fabrications, perceptions of otherness and cultural value. He was born in the US and currently works in New York City. His MFA was received at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of Art in 1996 and he attended the Skowhegan School of painting and sculpture in 2001. He is the recipient of the Pollack Krasner Grant in 2010-2011, Artist in Residence at the Newark Museum 2011, the Franklin Furnace Grant in 2011-2012, The Brodsky Fellowship for print and paper innovation in 2012, Elizabeth Foundation Fellowship 2012, the Puffin Foundation 2013, 2013 SIP Robert Blackburn Fellowship, artist in resident at the Fountainhead Residence in Miami, Fl. summer 2014, Step Up Artist at Real Art Ways in 2014, Open Sessions at the Drawing Center 2016-2017 and a recent recipient of the New Jersey Council of the Arts 2016 fellowship/grant. He is included in a number of permanent collections both private and public including his most recent acquisition into the Delaware Art Museum’s permanent collection in 2012 and the Newark Museum in 2014. jc recent exhibitions include a solo exhibit in Real Art Ways in Hartford Conn. and group shows in Brooklyn, New York, Newark, New Jersey, Charlotte, North Carolina, Miami Fl. and was recently invited to the White House to lecture on Juvenile Justice and the power of the arts. jc is currently working with local high school students in Newark NJ on a new installation/performance at the Gateway Project in Newark NJ as artist in residence, titled “raising a Riot” for 2016, Eastern Illinois University visiting artist and a group show in NYC at the drawing center 2016-2017 as part of open sessions. jc has a traveling social sculpture titled Public Protest Post: a brand new world which will be featured at the Center for Book Arts in New York, New York 2017, what you think matters at the University of Connecticut and University of Pittsburgh as part of a traveling exhibition Race and Revolution 2017-2019. jc is committed to creating critical transformational experiences for the public through conceptual based projects and social sculptures that highly involve input and ideas from local youth for community engagement which includes a series of lectures on “art and education being synonymous” as the art of listening, that was presented at the White House as part of President Obama’s youth initiative “juvenile justice month”.
Born in Stuckey, Florida, Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York and Florida. Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy has been the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Film and Video.
Linzy has participated in many artist residencies as a faculty or participant; they include The MacDowell Colony, Ox-Bow, Vermont Studio Center, Headlands Center for Arts, Marie Walsh Sharpe, The Fountainhead, and Tempus Projects. Linzy's best-known work is a series of politically charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. His work has been included in the exhibitions Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, 30 Americans, Rubell Family Collection, MoMA PS1 Greater New York, At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College. His work is in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Birmingham Museum of Art. In summer 2010, Linzy appeared on the long running ABC soap opera General Hospital, alongside James Franco, in a story line that incorporated performance art. Recently, he has been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of Art, the USF CAM in Tampa, Florida, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and the Atlanta Biennial. Linzy is currently on the faculty at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and represented by David Castillo Gallery in Miami Beach and The Breeder Gallery in Athens, Greece.
Terrence Musekiwa started carving stone at the age of five, but soon left behind Shona aesthetics in favor of revealing his own contemporary voice. While each work begins with the familiar toil of shaping the stone, Musekiwa then fuses in a myriad of found and industrial objects ranging from chains and pipes, to farming and mining equipment. His visual language wrestles with convention to simultaneously challenge and pay homage to Zimbabwean tradition. His conceptual vernacular introduces a dialogue about present-day Zimbabwe, its mechanics, politics, micro and macro trade systems, hardships and a quality of magic that permeates the personal lives of its inhabitants.
Musekiwa studied at The School of The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare (2013) and continues to live and work in Harare. His first institutional inclusion was in 2016 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
Beatrice Wanjiku’s distinctive canvases and works on paper constantly probe the human condition, delving into psychological issues and repeatedly questioning our reality and the space we occupy. Always beginning from a personal perspective, informed by her environment and society’s perceptions that surround her, Wanjiku’s practice scratches away at the superficial images we project in daily life, peeling away the layers that constitute social norm and revealing haunting, abstract figures that mirror our personal, inner self. Existentialism and the shifting nature of human beings are a constant concern in her practice. She repeatedly interrogates our capacity for self-awareness and our ability to transform, offering an insight into our eternal quest to understand our realities.
Wanjiku received her diploma from Nairobi’s Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts in 2000. Her recent exhibitions include Personal Structures “Open Borders” 57th Venice Biennale (2017) VOLTA NY, (2017) “When The Heaven Meets The Earth”, Cambridge London, (2017) “The African Tree” The OSTRALE Dresden, Germany (2015) and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, USA (2015) curated by Ugochukwu Smooth Nzewi. She is a recipient of the UNESCO Aschberg Bursary (2013); Lava Thomas and Peter Danzig Fellowship Award (2013); Robert Sterling Clarke Foundation Fellowship (2011); and Alliance Francaise’s and Goethe-Institut’s Most Promising Female Artist Award (2006). Her recent international artists’ residencies include the Iwalewa Haus Artist Residency Program, Bayreuth, Germany (2015), Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Woodside, CA (2013), and Vermont Studio Center Program, Johnson, VT (2011). Wanjiku lives and works in Nairobi.
Mie Olise Kjaergaard
Lee Paje makes use of unique materials such as oil on Copper painting, sculpture, and video to create works concerned with independence, individuality, and identities. Her visual narratives reveal alternative realities that bring attention to the restraints of gender inequality. She intertwines contemporary lifestyles with the rigidity of past traditions. Once revealed, her compositions are filled with seemingly personal anecdotes yet actually extend to social, cultural, and historical commentary.
Lee earned a degree in Communication Arts from Miriam College before pursuing a career in art. She graduated magna cum laude in studio arts from the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman. Her undergraduate video work, Sit In My Retina, won the college’s Dominador Castañeda Award for Most Outstanding Thesis (2009). She was chosen to be a part of the 2014 Young Artist Discovery Section, Art Taipei in Taipei, Taiwan and just recently, her entry for Don Papa Rum art competition won the Grand Prize and People's Choice. She has exhibited in various group exhibitions in Taiwan, Singapore, and the Philippines.
Basque Region of Spain, Eremuak Fellowship at Art Omi
Damaris Pan is an artist, teacher and researcher. She completed her studies of Fine Arts in the Universtity of the Basque Country and in the Kunsthochschule Weissensee Berlin in Germany. In 2014 she defended her Doctoral thesis on the deviations and the anomalies of values as artistic foundation. She currently works as a teacher in the Painting Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao.
The material for making and producing an outcome is for her Art (general) and Painting (regular). Also Words. And photos, cuts, scraps, leftovers, memories... And this is how she does not get out of the problem of the representational technique. She better would say that when she paints, her life depends on it, but afterwards, painting does not matter much to her. It could be anything else, at any other moment. But then, it’s painting again.
Brazil, American Dream Fellowship
Priscila Rezende was born in Belo Horizonte, and lives and works in Belo Horizonte. Priscilla graduated in Visual Arts by Guignard-UEMG School (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) with specialization in Photography and Ceramics.The insertion and presence of the black people in brazilian society act as main drivers and questions raised in the working Priscila Rezende. Starting from her own experiences, Priscila triggers the limitations imposed, discrimination and stereotypes which is submitted as a black woman and confronts them in visceral bodily actions seeking to establish with the public a direct dialogue, without allowing the possibility of subterfuges or evasions. She has been focusing her work on performance. Among her works stand out exhibitions and festivals of performance in Germany, Great Britain and several cities around Brazil.
Shrimanti Saha is a visual artist, living and working in India. She completed her post-graduation in Visual Arts(Painting) from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, India; and worked as a freelance illustrator with publishers and ad agencies; before resuming her individual practice as an artist.
Saha works in the medium of drawing and narrative. Drawing on paper with different mediums; making paper collages, combining a range of drawing styles within a coherent visual realm forms the basis of her art making. Saha draws references from areas like colonial history, mythology, literature, comic books, miniature paintings, natural history, folk art, company school paintings, personal experiences etc. leading to the creation of layered narratives, pitched within dystopian terrains.
The act of visual storytelling becomes the intrinsic part of her practice; commenting on the ideas of identity, hybrid culture; the present as a consequence of the past and an investigation into elusive truth.
Saha has been part of numerous group shows and had her solo show in New Delhi. She has been part of residencies and workshops in various institutions.
USA, Unlimit Art Fellowship
The interdisciplinary activist artist Rosary Solimanto, explores oppression and societal stigmas living with multiple sclerosis. She encourages political and social discourse on disABILITY identity to unfold to empower people with health conditions. She approaches biology, healthcare and medicine through art from a humanitarian perspective. Solimanto is an emerging artist graduating from SUNY New Paltz in 2015. Since then she has exhibited and or performed across the United States, Toronto, London, China and Spain. She has performed for O + Festivals, The International Human Rights Art Festival, Itinerant Festivals, Nuit Blanche, Inverse Performance Festival and exhibited and or performed at eleven international museums. Awards include Parnassus Award in Fine Arts at SUNY Adirondack; Kulakoff Award at SUNY Albany; Art Garden Community Supported Art Award at Arts Unbound, New Jersey, and the Sojourner Truth Fellowship at SUNY New Paltz, New York. She was a selected participant for the activist program, Emerge NYC, at New York University. In 2017 her work was featured in Art in America Magazine and Hyperallergic. She currently lives and works in the New York’s metropolitan area.
Puerto Rico/USA, Cecily Brown Fellowship
Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She is invested in creating and providing visual and educational models propelled by empathy and generosity. Her recent projects are motivated by civic and social actions focus on fostering relationships with a wide range of communities.
Recent venus presenting Soto’s work include the Pérez Art Museum Miami (FL), Hunter East Harlem Gallery (NY), UIC Gallery 400 (IL), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (NE), and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (IL) amongst others. Soto has attended residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Beta-Local (PR), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (FL), Arts/Industry at the Kohler Foundation (WI), Headlands Center for the Arts (CA) and Project Row Houses (TX) amongst others. In 2017 Soto was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts for installation artists. Her co-curation for the exhibition Present Standard at the Chicago Cultural Center was praised with overwhelmingly positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, PBS The Art Assignment and Artforum. Soto was recently featured in Newcity’s annual Art 50 issue Chicago’s Artists’ Artists and at VAM Studio 2017 Influencers.
Soto is a lecturer for the Contemporary Practices Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, were she holds an MFA from, and a BFA degree from Escuela de Artes Plastics de Puerto Rico.
Burkina Faso/The Netherlands
Saliou Traoré was born in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso (1965) and lives and works in, the Netherlands. His background is in traditional bronze sculpture as most of his family for generations has worked in this field. From the age of seven he worked in a sculpture studio and learned the techniques of lost wax (cire perdue) from his father and his older brother.
Both are known sculptors in Western Africa. Traoré participated in workshops in Africa as well as in Europe. In 2004 and 2005 he worked in the Netherlands as a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. In 2006 he established his studio practice in Amsterdam. From 2010-2015 he went to Rietveld academy in Amsterdam. He is doing things in reverse. … One might call Traore's work a reverse anthropology, because his re-cognition of the conditional nature of hospitality, of people, of places, space and things creates not a new boundary but a frontier for experience.
What is random, contingent, unexpected and puzzling pre-occupies Traoré in his work, and in his 'reverse anthropology' he does not intent to bring things to overarching explanation but to show as he states himself, the movement of going back to zero...his work displays a logic of discovery and linkage that does not seek justification, but wants to trigger a response that points to that which is so easily overlooked: the strangeness- also of being in the world. In his work, this strangeness emerges from the background between his experiences of two cultures, one in Africa- Burkina Faso- and the other in Europe- The Netherlands.
Hanae Utamura (Ibaraki, Japan) graduated from Goldsmiths College (2004, BA) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (2010, MA) in London. Her work includes video, performance, drawing, sculpture and installation. Often inspired by a certain landscape, the negotiation between nature and civilization, and how life manifests itself has been a central focus of her practice. She has been a recipient of numerous awards and grant programs such as Shiseido Art Egg Award (2018 / Japan), Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists by Japanese ministry of Culture for New York (2018 / Japan), Grant by Pola Art Foundation (2015 / Japan) for a residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien (2015-2016 / Berlin), PACT Zollverein (2015 / Essen, Germany), Visual Art fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude (2014 / Stuttgart, Germany), UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary award (2013), and Axis / Florence Trust Award (2011-2012, London). Her work has been widely exhibited internationally include U.K., Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, Japan, South Korea, and United States. She will move to NYC from October 2018 as a part of annual grant program of overseas research for Upcoming Artists by Japanese ministry of Culture.
Nigeria, Francis Greenburger Fellowship for Mitigating Ethnic and Religious Conflict
Chibuike Uzoma (b.1992, Port Harcourt) holds a B.A. degree in painting from the University of Benin (2013). He is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, painting, drawing, and text. His art projects are nourished by life and the reciprocals between humans and the human condition.
Through an exceptional organic process, he creates visual languages to portray both new perspectives and alternative narratives. Usually taking reference from Nigeria, African Diaspora, and the Global South, Uzoma’s artworks engage global dialogues and issues of contemporary politics, post-colonialism, migration, thought, urbanization as well as themes related to religious and ethnic conflicts. Uzoma has participated in exhibitions in Nigeria, South Africa, India, Austria, France, Finland and United Kingdom.
USA, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Fellowship
Michael Waugh lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BA in history from the University of Texas, an MFA in creative writing from Texas State University, and an MA in painting from New York University. For ten years, he helped run the non-profit gallery, Momenta Art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Waugh is most known for his labor-intensive, calligraphic works for which he copies by hand historically fraught texts in their entirety. His artistic practice deploys a queer epistemology in which a critique of power is clothed in traditional forms. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, and ARTNews. He is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His first public artwork, for a new public school in DUMBO, Brooklyn, opened in the fall of 2016.