Art Omi: Artists 2022
Karíma Al-Mukhtarová (1989) is one of the most interesting visual artists of her generation. She studied under Jiří Kovanda at the Faculty of Art and Design in Ústí nad Labem, in the studio of intermedia confrontation of Jiří David at UPMRUM-Prague and intermedia with Milena Dopitová at the Academy of Fine Arts, where she graduated in 2018. She is the winner of the 2013 Essel Art Award CEE for the Czech Republic. She often categorizes her own life's experience, focusing on her Iraqi-Slovak origin. Karíma Al-Mukhtarová is one of those exceptional artists who tends to bypass contemporary trends and artistic strategies, and instead works with tradition, rediscovering and returning to original craft techniques, endowing them with current and personal context. For example, she works frequently with embroidery and ceramics, including the Japanese art of kintsugi, which has its origins in the 15th century, and concerns the restoration of ceramics.
Marija Ančić was born in Sarajevo in 1982. She graduated in Art Conservation-restoration (2005) and received a Masters degree in Sculpture (2010) at UMAS Art Academy in Split, and is currently living in Zagreb. She has had several solo exhibitions, and has participated in many group exhibitions and festivals in Croatia and abroad. She is a finalist of the Radoslav Putar Award for best young contemporary artist in 2016 and White Aphroid Award nominee for 2018.
Regine Basha, Critic in Residence
Regine Basha is a curator, writer, educator, and has been a residency director over the past two decades. She has worked both nationally and internationally in cities such as New York, Montreal, Austin, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Cairo, and Istanbul. She frequently engages research-based collaboration, site, and the connective tissue between diversified fields of knowledge as part of her curatorial practice. Basha was born in Israel to Iraqi-Jewish parents and grew up in Montreal and Los Angeles. She graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. She is currently based in Madrid with her son, Ruben. Her curatorial history may be found on bashaprojects.com
Julia Carrillo (Mexico City) is a mathematician who gravitated to the visual arts to manifest her research and discoveries. Working with the movement of light, the travel of sound, and the dynamics of fluid forces, she explores how the passage of time, the random, the rhythms of nature and individual experiences establish guidelines for the creation of interior landscapes.
Cristian Chironi was born in Sardinia (IT) and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. He uses different mediums including performance, photography, video, drawing, often creating a sort of interaction among them. He has worked on site specific performances and installations, always looking to engage the context, be it human (public) or environmental (space). He currently lives and works in Le Corbusier's twelve houses in the world and travels aboard a FIAT 127 Special, renamed Chameleon for its ability to change color. The following are included among his solo projects: Manhattan Stop, Morton Street Partners New York; New York Drive, Magazzino Italian Art Cold Spring. christianchironi.it
Sandra Dinnendahl López
Sandra Dinnendahl López is a visual artist, researcher and cultural practitioner from Asunción, Paraguay. She obtained a B.A. in Visual Arts and in Creative Writing from Oberlin College in 2010. In 2015, she completed her Masters in Arts at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Since 2016 she has been working in her home country and has initiated various projects and platforms with local and regional artists, including Temporal Festival de Arte, Festival Confluencias de Arte, Red Gris and Proyecto Enajenar / En Casa Ajena. In 2019 she was the International Research Fellowship recipient for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul. In 2021 she was selected as representative for Visual Arts for the Consejo Nacional de Cultura de Paraguay.
Irene Dionisio is a filmmaker and artist. Her productions span video installations, documentaries, and films including Le ultime cose (2016), Sponde (2015), and La fabbrica è piena (2011) which have been featured at many international festivals (Festival di Venezia, Torino Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Taiwan Film Festival, among others). She was awarded Premio Filmmaker, Premio Solinas, Premio Scam and Jury Prize at Cinema-Verité in Iran. Dionisio’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Magazzino Italian Art, New York; CACG, Genève; Polo del Novecento, Turin; PAC, Milan; OCAT, Shanghai; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Villa Arson, Nice, amongst others. Website: irenedionisio.com
Mark Fleuridor is a Haitian American artist born and raised in Miami, Florida. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Painting. Fleuridor explores his own personal history, background, and familial experiences through painting, quilting, collage and patternmaking. Recent exhibitions include Untitled Art Fair, Johanssons Projects, Miami Beach, FL; Art and Cultural Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Sperone Westwater, Bowery, NY; and Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL. Residencies that Fleuridor has completed include Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, CO; Oolite Artist Residency, Miami, FL; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; and Oxbow Artist Residency, Saugatuck, MI. Fleuridor was a recipient of the Oolite Arts Ellies Award 2020 for his project Being Held. He has also been a visiting lecturer at multiple institutions including Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Florida International University (FIU) and Auburn University.
Sylvie Fortin, Critic Emerita
Sylvie Fortin is an in(ter)dependent curator, researcher, critic, and editor based between Montréal and New York. She was Curator-in-Residence 2019–2021 at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Executive/Artistic Director of La Biennale de Montréal (2013–2017), Executive Director/Editor of ART PAPERS in Atlanta (2004–2012), Curator of Contemporary Art at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, 2013), Curator of Manif 5 – the 5th Québec City Biennial (2010), and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Ottawa Art Gallery (1996-2001).
She edited the Fall 2020 issue of PUBLIC Art | Culture | Ideas on the currencies of hospitality, which she has been researching since 2017. Fortin lectures internationally and her critical essays and reviews have been published in numerous catalogues, anthologies, and periodicals, including Art/Agenda, Artforum International, ART PAPERS, Art Press, C Magazine, Flash Art, and Frieze.
Ania Freer is an Australian-Jamaican artist, filmmaker, cultural researcher and curator based in Kingston, Jamaica. She attended The University of Sydney and received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Film Theory. Through installation, video, photography, and curatorial work, Ania’s practice addresses themes central to the Jamaican experience such as Black empowerment, resistance, feminism, environmental justice, and spirituality. As a means of disrupting imperialist narratives, Ania collects meaningful, lesser-known stories to uplift the historical legacies of liberation and self-determination that continue to shape her island home.
María Ibarretxe (born 1977) is a Visual and Performance Artist based in Bilbao. In 2001 Ibarretxe received a degree in Performing Arts in Basque Country. In 2003 she studied direction at EICTV (San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba). That same year, she participated in the first “Drag King” workshop of Spain. Since 2002 she has been collaborating with Alaitz Arenzana, to co-fund the visual arts collective SRA. POLAROISKA. In 2014 she created a solo project in Belgium which has been developed in South Korea, England, and Japan. Meanwhile Ibarretxe has studied with Meg Stuart, Paul B. Preciado, and Bojana Kunts.
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Soukaina Joual is a Moroccan multi-disciplinary artist. Her videos, performances, paintings, and installations showcase an interest in how one’s body can translate and reflect various tensions, dynamics, and differences. She often uses her own body as a medium, as part of her research material, or as a means of experimentation. She usually focuses on the body from different perspectives: how it changes, its interaction with personal identity, and how it can also become a site to engage in important ideological debates. Her work is extremely contextual, as she lets her surroundings, people and places inform her art work process.
Janie Julien-Fort is a Canadian artist based in Montreal. She is a member of Les Entêtées women's collective. She mobilizes photography and archives to make scalable projects that reference impermanence and memories. In 2018, she received the Montreal Emerging Photography Award. She participated in ARTE Video Night at Palais de Tokyo and KW institute with her film My name is Nobody, which was produced at Le Fresnoy. She studied education and holds an M.A. from UQAM where she now teaches analog photography. Thanks to support from the Canada Council for the Arts, she is currently working on her book Les Paysages éphémères.
Yujin Lee is a visual artist experimenting with process art and relational art. Lee uses various mediums and methods such as drawing, video, performance, site-specific projects, audience participation, and collaborations to crystallize the idiosyncratic “interrelationships” encountered in life. She does so by obscuring normative boundaries, welcoming unexpected variables, and in many ways admiring amateurism and imperfections in the final work of art. Since 2018, Lee has been based in Jeju Island, South Korea, where she continues her artistic and curatorial practice. In 2019, she opened an alternative creative artist residency, Next Door to the Museum Jeju.
As a Taiwanese-American artist, Liao looks for patterns and repetitions in behaviors of the immigrant family. Her recent paintings and wall drawing installations document the fluid state between experience, memory, and place. Liao received her MFA in Painting from Boston University. She is a recipient of various awards including the 2020 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award, Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant, and residency fellowships from Studios INC and Jentel Artist Residency. Formerly, Liao was Director of Painting and Printmaking at Missouri Western State University, and taught at various institutions across the country. She was nominated “Most Influential Professor” in 2019.
Hagar Masoud lives and works in Cairo. Her practice is research-based and interdisciplinary including sound, performance, video, and photography in site-specific installations. Masoud's work investigates questions of urban transformation and collective memory, using oral history and archival materials in the context of socio-political and cultural transformations.
Masoud’s work has been presented in numerous festivals and venues across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, including The American University in Cairo (2021), Sic! Raum für Kunst, Switzerland (2018), Biennale Africaine de la photographie - Bamako (2017), Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo (2016), Villa Romana, Italy (2016), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2016), and Künstlerforum Bonn, Germany. She is also a member of the female collective Cairo Bats.
Australian artist Laith McGregor’s practice spans drawing, painting, sculpture, and video, all mediums which enable his ongoing exploration of the grey area between the real and illusion. McGregor evokes the curious and fictitious at every turn. Standing somewhere between the real and the subconscious, his practice takes shape with narratives borrowed from film, literature, folktales, and lived experience. Blending the fictional and the real, characters and plot lines from these spaces come to life, cementing themselves into his personal language as motifs circulate through the body of work.
Engy Mohsen (b. 1995, Cairo) is an artist, architect and graphic designer. Her research examines notions of ‘participation’ and ‘collectivity’ by creating frameworks that invite non-artists and artists to think about how spaces can be organized to include the ‘other’. While spatial design remains at the core of her interdisciplinary practice, she works–solo and collaboratively–with text, drawing, photography, performance, discursive acts and conversation as a medium. Mohsen is one of the five founding members of K-oh-llective.
Leticia Obeid (1975, Córdoba, Argentina) is a visual artist and writer who lives and works in Buenos Aires. Her work was selected by Petrobrás-ArteBA Prize (2006), Premio Braque (2013); 6º BIENAL DEL MERCOSUR, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2007) and 54º VENICE BIENNALE (2011) amongst others. She has published the novels Frente, perfil y llanura (2013), Preparación para el amor (2015), and Bajo sus pies (2020). She is currently working on a group project for DOCUMENTA XV, Germany, 2022.
Yapci Ramos explores identity, sexuality, and territory by creating multimedia installation works. Her work is emotional, physical, and introspective, frequently using her own body to channel the taboos, rituals, and catharsis that constructs the experience of being. Highlighted venues: TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Spain; Delaware Contemporary, USA; CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Spain; Casa África, Spain; Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, USA; Mario Mauroner Gallery, Vienna; Arts Santa Mònica, Spain; EAC Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo, Montevideo; Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris; CCET Centro Cultural de España, Tegucigalpa; Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako; Triennal de Luanda, Angola; Bienal de Honduras.
Sa’dia Rehman has exhibited work at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Queens Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, The Kitchen, Kentler International Drawing Space, Center for Book Arts, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Pakistan National Council of the Arts. She was a recipient of the Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Grant and Meredith Morabito and Henrietta Mantooth Fellowship. She has been awarded residencies at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Abrons Art Center, Asian American Arts Alliance, Edward Albee Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, NARS Foundation and AIM Bronx Museum. Her work has been featured in the NY Times, Harper's, Art Papers and ColorLines.
Nooshin Rostami is an artist, designer, and educator. They work with a glossary of materials and terms: light, shadows, reflections, structures, landscape, space, and place. They refer to these vocabularies within many different contexts both physical and metaphorical, to point to ways of seeing and connecting outside of textual or verbal language.
They received an MFA from Brooklyn College-CUNY (2011) and have exhibited their work in solo and group settings internationally including Holographic Center (2020), California Museum of Photography (2019), Jardines de Mexico (2019), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibition-LACE (2018), Queens Museum (2018), and Flux Factory (2015). Since 2014 they’ve participated in residencies locally and internationally such as Tifa working studios (Pune, India), NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), and BRIC Contemporary Art.
Jimena Schlaepfer ( México , 1982 ) graduated with a degree in art in 2006 from the Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado "La Esmeralda" in Mexico City. Her work is multidisciplinary, and often includes drawing, sculpture, ceramics, embroidery, video and photography, but the topic is always the same: nature as a source of visual possibilities and metaphor.
Jimena has participated in several solo shows within Mexico as well as group exhibitions in Mexico and internationally. In 2014 she participated in an artistic residence at the Banff Centre in Canada, and has been awarded two FONCA scholarships (a governmental organization that supports arts in Mexico).
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter is a mixed-media painter from upstate New York. Her work asserts that Black features are a manifestation of a sacred and divine technology that has served as a means of survival, both physically and metaphysically. She envisions a cosmically bountiful world that celebrates and pays homage to ancestral majesty, power, and aesthetics. She’s been awarded residencies at The Fountainhead Residency, Millay Arts, NXTHVN, Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project, Yaddo, Headlands Center for the Arts and is a 2020 Sustainable Arts Foundation Awardee. Her debut solo exhibition Stars Are Born In Darkness opened at Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL in spring 2022.
Sagarika Sundaram (b. Kolkata) works with textiles, creating sculpture and installation. In 2022 she was awarded The Hopper Prize, a Bronx Museum AIM Fellowship and a residency at Art Omi. In 2020 she received the Tishman Award for Excellence in Climate, Environmental Justice & Sustainability and the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design. She is Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt. Her work has recently been exhibited at Frestonian Gallery in London alongside works by Sonia Delaunay, Frieze New York (2021, with Jhaveri Contemporary) and Nature Morte, New Delhi. Sundaram graduated with an MFA in Textiles from Parsons / The New School, NY. She studied at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and at MICA in Baltimore. She is based in New York.
Born in 1993, Thierry Tomety began his career as a computer scientist. In his free time, he works on computer graphics, particularly focusing on color. Following a series of twists and turns that have deeply shaken his vision of life, he decided to surprise his destiny by finally putting his professional training in the background to devote himself entirely to his art. His pictorial works—rough assemblages of materials collected in their natural environment—are centered on the idea of the perpetual restarting through destruction and the reconstruction of matter.