My collaborative project "What Is Your Name?" is included in the virtual group exhibition "Mother Tongue" by The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2020.
Co-Curators: Mary Annunziata, Allison Cannella, Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, Katya Grokhovsky
Artists: Ferguson Amo, Mahsa Biglow, Sera Boeno, Carolina Casusol, Cecile Chong, Furen Dai, Priyanka Dasgupta & Chad Marshall, Priscilla Dobler Dzul, Matilda Forsberg, Nina Ghanbarzadeh (Afkhamian), Yikui (Coy) Gu, Luma Jasim, Tiri Kananuruk, Marina Kassianidou, Cecilia Kim, Marina Leybishkis, Stefana McClure, Rodrigo Moreira, Renana Neuman, Sari Nordman, Kasia Ozga, Dafna Rehavia, Katreen Sorokina, Tereza Swanda, Johanna Strobel, Hui-Ying Tsai, Tansy Xiao, Haksul Lee & Natsuki Takauji, Tao Wei
Performance projects: Kevin Quiles Bonilla, Marcela Casals, Salomé Egas, Bianca Falco, Georgia Lale, Silkworm Pupas (Jiaoyang Li & JinJin Xu), Jorge Rojas, María Verónica San Martín
As bell hooks writes, “like desire, language disrupts, refuses to be constrained within boundaries. It speaks itself against our will, in words and thoughts that intrude, even violate the most private spaces of mind and body.” Speaking, reading, and writing in one’s mother tongue can provide comfort and community, a sense of belonging in a foreign land. Using the mother tongue to revive folklore and oral storytelling is also a way to honor family and heritage. In the public sphere, however, governments and institutions employ language to reduce, reject, and undermine marginalized populations. In the cultural field, language-based artworks, protest signs, and community organizing serve as powerful tools to call out injustices. Technology increasingly facilitates our use of language, allowing us to communicate with the stroke of a finger, but also interferes with the subtle nuances of oral and physical language. The selected artists in Mother Tongue, chosen from a diverse pool of open call applications received from immigrant artists across the U.S., present a visual lexicon of language marked by translation, assimilation, and belonging. Their works chart the influence of imperialism, migration, and time.
My recent work "Omamori -Charm for Health- is now included in the Bemis Center's Benefit Art Auction + Concert celebrations! Visit bemiscenter.org/benefit to view my work and works by more than 200 regional and national artists. Artwork is available at "Buy It Now" prices until online bidding begins on October 24. The more you bid or buy, the more you are supporting the artists and an indispensable arts organization that impacts artists around the world and the Omaha community. If you are local, schedule a visit to see the incredible artwork in person! My work number is 446
Deadline: 10/15! I am curating a virtual show "Flux -Vita Mutata- for Sculptors Alliance in November
“Flux -Vita Mutata- a virtual group exhibition I’m curating for @sculptors.alliance . Please apply and share your artistic journey!
Curator Natsuki Takauji proposes that we explore “How is the global pandemic changing our lives.” “FLUX : Vita Mutata” aims to explore the ways in which artists work and question old approaches as they develop new ones. The exhibition will be presented online due to conditions brought on by COVID-19, which has put in-person exhibitions temporarily on hold.
“FLUX : Vita Mutata” aims to uncover the processes participants may have newly invented and/or rediscovered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants (individuals or teams are welcome) are encouraged to submit works made before the pandemic period and works made during the pandemic period. The virtual exhibition will focus on the processes that expose the artists’ transition from pre-pandemic through the lockdown and beyond.
Opening this Saturday Oct 10th, 2-6pm. SLA art space of Lithuanian Alliance of America, 307 West 30th St, Manhattan.
37 North 15th Street (corner of Gem Street) in Williamsburg 11222
PeepShow Space (a pop up)
Running through Sunday November 1
37 North 15th Street
Williamsburg Brooklyn 11222
On the Gem Street Side
The exhibition will be able to be viewed from the street Thursdays and Fridays from 12-6 pm. Saturdays and Sundays the gallery will be open to accept small groups of people at a time from 12-6 pm & small tours can be given on demand by contacting Norton WR
Sculpture Exhibit "Encircle" September 5 - October 3, 2020 The West 132nd Street Block Association Garden, West 132nd Street, New York
Why Art now ?
Amid the pandemic, political turmoil and demand for racial justice and human rights, why Art now ?
Art is a transcending experience, especially needed now, when our mundane lives are abnormally constricted and the dignity of people in our communities are compromised.
The exhibition is a collaborative project by four NYC-based fellow artists, from four different countries, who have gathered together with a purpose to create a sanctuary for souls, in the beautiful community garden; an offering to relax, re-energize and take a short sweet break from feeling weighed down by life.
The title “Encircle” comes from the idea to draw an imaginary circle around the viewer, circumscribing a space and a time for enjoyment and care for each other.
This exhibit is to welcome the community as the garden reopens in the beginning of fall.
“Becoming” and “Cosmos” by Shantel Rose Miller
“Conceptus et” by Haksul Lee
“I write you a flower” by Bruna D’Alessandro
“Confession” by Natsuki Takauji
A collaborative project by 4 NYC-based artists from 4 different countries, gathered together with a purpose to create a sanctuary for souls in the beautiful community garden.
Interview article on DART !!
"What Is Your Name" is selected to a virtual group exhibition "Mother Tongue/Language" by The Immigrant Artist Biennial in NYC.
Artport residency program was prematurely was supposed to complete on April 1st, but it ended in the middle of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We brought the sculpture back to our studio and started working on it recently... Fortunately, it was selected to the juried virtual exhibition "Mother Tongue/Language" by The Immigrant Artist Biennial in October 2020. Looking forward to finally complete the sculpture with nearly 200 people's handwritten names and audio!
More info: https://www.theimmigrantartistbiennial.com/upcoming-programming-2020
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