Art Omi: Artists 2021


Esvin Alarcón Lam, Guatemala, Francis Greenburger Fellowship for Mitigating Ethnic and Religious Conflict
Esvin Alarcón Lam (Guatemala, b. 1988) is an artist interested in globalized materiality, the politics of movement, and the relations in Chinese Diaspora, from a situated perspective. He is also an organizer at the independent art residency @PagodaImaginaria. Selected exhibitions include, in (2021): ‘COUNTERFLAGS’, Abrons Arts Center, NYC; ‘Omniscent, Queer Documentation in an Image Culture’, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, NYC; ‘MESOTRÓPICOS’, Contemporary Art Museum, Panamá City. In 2020: ‘Flags Series’, The Americas Society, NYC; ‘This Might be a Place for Hummingbirds’, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin, Germany; ‘Questions & Appearances’, Kadist (online). In 2019: ‘Amarica/America Invertida’, Brasilia’s Public University; ’MariCaribe’, Casa de las Américas, Gibara, Cuba; ‘Bienal en Resistencia’, Guatemala; ‘The Sun Teaches Us That History Is Not Everything’, Osage Foundation, Hong Kong. In 2018: ‘Ultramarino’, Hidrante, Puerto Rico, among others. @esvinalarconlam

Paolo Arao, The Philippines/USA
Paolo Arao (b. Manila, Philippines) is a Brooklyn-based, Filipino-American artist working with textiles and painting. He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended the Skowhegan School of Art. Arao has shown his work widely and has presented solo exhibitions at the Columbus Museum (Georgia), David B. Smith Gallery (Denver). Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Jeff Bailey Gallery and Morgan Lehman Gallery (NYC). Residencies include: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Museum of Arts and Design, Millay Colony, Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, LES Printshop Keyholder, NARS Foundation, Wassaic Project, BRIC Workspace, and Fire Island Artist Residency. Arao’s work has been published in New American Paintings, Maake Magazine, Artmaze, Dovetail and Esopus. @paolo_arao

Simone Bailey, USA, Unlimit Art Fellowship
Simone Bailey is a San Francisco-based visual artist who utilizes sculpture, video, and site-specific installation in her work. Her work is an interrogation of disembodied poetics and the impulse to grasp the intangible. Her work focuses on perception, process, hybridity, ephemerality, desire, and the impossible, all while maintaining an intimate proximity to blackness.

Adam Basanta, Canada, Explore Habland Award
Adam Basanta (b. 1985, Tel-Aviv, Israel) lives and works in Montreal since 2010. Originally studying contemporary music composition, he works across various media, guided by an artistic methodology which displaces knowledge from “non-artistic” domains and misapplies it in artistic contexts; a playground-laboratory of thought and action. Since 2015, his works have been exhibited extensively worldwide, including the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Arsenal Art Contemporain, Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH), Galerie Charlot (FRA), National Art Centre Tokyo (JPN), V Moscow Biennale for Young Art (RUS). His work has been recognized (Sobey Art award, Prix Pierre Ayot) and is found in private and institutional collections. @adambasanta

Rhea Dillon, UK
Rhea Dillon is an artist and writer based in London. Through her practice she examines and abstracts her intrigue of the ‘rules and representation’ as a device to undermine contemporary Western culture, as well as to question what constitutes as the ontology of Blackness versus the ontic. Recent exhibitions include Janus at Soft Opening, London (2021); Pressing at Division of Labour, Salford (2021); Distant Peak: Summer Shows at Peak Gallery, London (2020); No Man is an Island at Almine Rech, London (2020); Drawing A Blank curated by Ben Broome, Paris (2020) and Uchronia et Uchromia online at External Pages (2020). @rheadillon

Irena Frantal, Croatia, Fellowship for an Artist Living and Working in Croatia
Irena Frantal is a visual artist from Zagreb, Croatia. She holds an MA in Book Arts from University of the Arts in London, UK. In her practice, she uses the mediums of book, drawing, sculpture and installation by exploring its boundaries. The physical process of making art informs and is an important part of her practice. She exhibits regularly, publishes artists books, collaborates with different artists and participates in art residencies. @irae_na_f

Kunlin He, China/USA
Kunlin He received a B.F.A. in environmental design from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2014; an M.F.A. from San Francisco Art Institute in 2016; and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2018. During the residency at Art Omi, He is preparing for the 2021 Asian Art Biennial in National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Drawing Center (2018, 2019), Headlands Center for the Arts (2017), and Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (2016), among others. He has been a finalist for the 2019 SFMOMA SECA Award and received fellowships at Headlands, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, MacDowell, and MASS MoCA. His works are in the permanent collection in BAMPFA, de Saisset Museum. He is also a writer who focuses on Chinese modern and contemporary art and his articles have been published in Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and Artforum China, among other journals. @quinlinhe &

Woomin Kim, South Korea/USA
Woomin Kim is a South Korean artist currently based in Queens, NY. Through her textile and sculptural projects, she studies the active materiality of daily objects and urban landscapes. Kim has exhibited projects and participated in residencies at the Queens Museum, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Art Museum at the University of Toronto and Boston Children’s Museum. Her works have been featured in The New York Times, Hyperallergic and BOMB Magazine. Kim holds a B.F.A from Seoul National University and received an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. @woominpkim

Gisela McDaniel, USA, The Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation Fellowship
Gisela McDaniel is a diasporic indigenous CHamoru artist. Her work is based in healing her own sexual trauma and reflecting the healing of people who have survived sexual, intergenerational, and institutional trauma. Interweaving assemblages of audio, painting, and motion-sensored technology, she creates pieces that literally “talk back” to the viewer upon being triggered. Intentionally incorporating voice to subvert traditional power relations in order to enable individual and collective healing. Working primarily with women who identify as indigenous, multiracial, immigrant, and of color, her work disrupts and responds to historical and contemporary patterns of censorship in relation to the exhibition of women’s bodies, voices, and stories. @giselamcdaniel

Antonio Mena Joya, El Salvador
Antonio Mena Joya received his bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona and Masters in Interdisciplinary Art Production from the Faculty of Fine Arts UMA, University of Malaga. Removal Identity, Selected Group Show, TUB Gallery Miami, Art Basel – 2015 Group Exhibition Art & Cultural Center of Hollywood, FL. March-May – 2014. Removal Identity, TUB Gallery Miami, Selected Group Show.10 de July/August – 2014 Selected artist JUANNIO Colección, Guatemala – 2012 Mikesell Collection, Miami FL. The Fountainhead Artist Residency – 2012 Honorable mention, SUMARTE Museo de Arte de El Salvador, MARTE – 2012 National Public Library of El Salvador, Photography Project: Tipología Nacional– 2011 Invited artist. Photo Week DC, Washington D.C. – 2011 Cultural Center SOMArts, Territories, San Francisco, California – 2010. FB: toni.mena.37

Tyrone Mitchell, USA
Tyrone Mitchell is a sculptor who employs several mediums in combination. His work can be characterized as engaging both figuration and abstraction.Trained in stone and woodworking, those crafts remain evident in the work as some sections are handmade and often wedded to found materials. Mitchell is deeply involved with Trans-Atlantic and historical issues around the African Diaspora but not limited to any one culture. Mitchell has worked frequently in the Public Sphere, installing works whose content spans the Life and work of Bassist Composer Charles Mingus to the Dogon People’s cosmology.

Jose Morban, Dominican Republic
José Morbán (b. 1987) is an artist who lives and works in his native Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He studied Fine Arts at Escuela de Diseño Altos de Chavón, La Romana. His recent exhibitions include 'tropo, trompo, trampa' at Lucy García Contemporary Art Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; '28 Concurso de Arte Eduardo León Jimenes' at Centro León, Santiago, D.R.; 'Landmark' at KM 0.2, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and 'one month after being known in that island' at Kulturfstiftung Basel H. Geiger, Basel, Switzerland. He’s a collaborator in the artist led magazine, Onto ( Morbán’s work focuses on Dominican historical memory, its photographic documentation and the construction of the political power and its privileges through works in various mediums such as painting, drawings, prints and installations. @jomorban

Przemek Pyszczek, Poland, Art Omi & Kunsthalle Praha for Visegrad Region Fellowship
Przemek Pyszczek (b. 1985, living in Drzeniów) is a Polish-born, Canadian-raised artist. After completing his architectural studies and living in Berlin for eight years, he recently relocated to the Polish border zone and is living in a small village to continue his artistic research. Through architecturally inspired sculptures, installations and paintings, Pyszczek’s work traces Poland’s transition since the fall of the Iron Curtain, as well as serving as an ongoing journey to rediscover his own past. Most recently, he presented new large-scale installations as part of the Narracje festival in Gdansk, Poland and Anozero ‘19 - Bienal de Coimbra, Portugal. @pishcheck

Stephanie Snider, USA
Stephanie Snider’s work mainly takes the form of drawings, paintings and sculpture dealing with fictional architecture, landscape and geometry. She received her MFA from the Yale School of Art, and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has also studied Indian miniature painting independently in Jaipur, India. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Berlin Prize/Emerging Artist Prize in cooperation with the American Academy in Berlin, and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely, including exhibitions in the US and Germany. She currently teaches Drawing and Sculpture at Penn State University. @stephaniesnider

Jillian Youngbird, USA, Charlotte St Foundation Fellowship
Jillian is a multi-media artist living and working in Kansas City, Missouri. She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and is a recipient of the Byron C. Cohen award and Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award. She is currently working primarily in fiber and beadwork. @jillianyoungbird

Critics in Residence

Charlotta Kotik, Czech Republic/USA, Critic Emerita
Charlotta Kotik, a native of Prague, organized over 100 museum exhibitions, presenting work by artists as diverse as Kerry James Marshall, John Cage, Louise Bourgeois, or Alyson Saar. From 1992 - 2007, she was Curator and Chair of the Contemporary Art Department at the Brooklyn Museum. There, she established The Grand Lobby Projects to provide opportunities for installation-based work by artists such as Martin Puryear, Joseph Kosuth, Ida Applebrook or Petah Coyne. In the 1980s, she initiated the Working in Brooklyn Series to document the energy of the Brooklyn art scene. In 1993, as the United States commissioner for Venice Biennale, she presented works by Louise Bourgeois in an exhibition that later traveled internationally. Ms. Kotik has also co-organized an extensive exhibition of Brooklyn-based artists entitled Open House: Working in Brooklyn. Presently, Ms. Kotik works as a writer, lecturer and independent curator, and facilitates various projects for galleries, alternative spaces and museums. @charlottakotik

Jessica Lynne, USA, Critic in Residence
Jessica Lynne is a writer and art critic. She is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. @lynne_bias

Selected Artists Deferred due to Covid-19 Pandemic

Chijioke Anyacho, Nigeria
Crista Uwase, Rwanda, American Dream Fellowship
Cristian Chironi, Italy, Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art
Eddie Ochieng, Kenya
Engy Mohsen, Egypt
Frederick Bamfo, Ghana
Irene Dionisio, Italy
Janie Julien-Fort, Canada, Explore Habland Award
Jimena Schaepler, Mexico
Julia Carrillo + Nooshin Rostami, Mexico/USA
Laith McGregor, Australia, Australia Art Omi Committee
Mina Nasr, Egypt
Nicolina Stylianou, Finland
Sameer Tawde, India
Sandra Lapage, Brazil
Soukaina Joual, Morocco
Syed Hussain, Pakistan
Tomoko Inagaki, Japan
Vangjush Vellahu, Albania

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