The Immigrant Artist Biennial Kickstarter Campaign Launch Party

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The Immigrant Artist Biennial Kickstarter Campaign Launch Party

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Join us in celebrating the launch of The Immigrant Artist Biennial Kickstarter Campaign at Kickstarter HQ Theater in Greenpoint with a performance by an acclaimed Egyptian dancer and a panel discussion with esteemed NYC art world professionals!

November 8th 2019 7-9pm

Kickstarter HQ Theater

TIAB Kickstarter Camaign is now LIVE!

Performance: The Other side, by Anno Kachina

"There is one world in which borders are intertwined. They come close and faraway constantly. Did time go by or stopped? Poems and incidents froze, or rather, they leaked from immigrants' tongues. The man told his story; he is waiting, holding emotions, holding all means of expression, holding breath, running all time to survive. He said: I just need someone to open the door."

Anno Kachina is an Egyptian contemporary dancer and student in the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center’s three-year professional training program. Currently, he is based in New York after he finished an Artist Protection Fund (APF) Fellow in residency at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. The APF program offers grants to threatened artists and places them at host universities and arts centers in safe countries where they can continue their work. Anno considers dance the medium which drives his life-long exploration of "what it means to be human", a concept that took form through his performances along last year.

Panel Roundtable: Active Change: Supporting Marginalized Artists

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Alicia Ehni - Artist, Program Officer, NYFA Learning

Alicia Ehni is a Peru-born multidisciplinary artist and Program Officer at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), where she works on professional development programs for artists of all disciplines and implements programs in Spanish. She is also the Editor of NYFA Immigrant Artist Newsletter, and serves on Grantmakers in the Arts, GIA Support for Individual Artists committee. Ehni is former Gallery Director of Frederico Seve Gallery/Latincollector and New York Chair for Membership for ArtTable 2016-2019. Ehni is a 2018 fellow of NALAC Leadership Institute, was selected as Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts 2018-19 SHIFT Resident Artist, received a 2019 Puffin Foundation Grant and was awarded a residency at MASS MoCA Summer 2019. She is currently pursuing a MFA at Hunter.

Anna Mikaela Ekstrand - Independent Curator and Editor-in-Chief, Cultbytes

Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, is an independent curator and publisher living in New York City. Although she curates across mediums, she is especially interested in exploring equitable ways to disseminate performance art. Anna Mikaela served as co-/curator for the performance art events ‘Tales Of Tales’ (106 Rivington, 2019), ’Grebnellaw: Sperming The Planet’ (House of Yes and The Oculus, 2018), and ‘Your Decolonizing Toolkit’ (MAW, 2016). She has held curatorial positions at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim, Bard Graduate Center, and Museum of Arts and Design. Deeply vested in research, she has worked on over a dozen in-museum and off-site art and design exhibitions and their catalogs. Anna Mikaela is the founding editor-in-chief of Cultbytes, an online art publication that focuses on interdisciplinary and non-hierarchical art criticism. Currently, Anna Mikaela serves as an advising curator for inaugural ‘The Immigrant Artist Biennial’ to be held in New York 2020, she has contributed an essay on performance art(ists) to the forthcoming book “Institution is Verb: PPL Lab Site 2012-2018,” and she serves as a juror for the Friends of the Artist Volume 11. She holds dual MA degrees, in Design History, Material Culture, and Decorative Arts from Bard Graduate Center and in Art History from Stockholm University.

Rachel Gugelberger - Curator, Residency Unlimited

Rachel Raphaela Gugelberger is a curator with Residency Unlimited and cultural producer with a focus on place-based practices around social, cultural, and civic issues. Projects include (after)care, a site-specific exhibition in a former emergency waiting room at Kings County Hospital Center in East Flatbush, Brooklyn (2019); the inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial (2018); Jameco Exchange, a site-responsive exhibition and socially engaged education platform in a vacant storefront in Jamaica, Queens (2016); and Hold These Truths (2017) and Bring in the Reality (2015) at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in Manhattan. She is the former curator at No Longer Empty, where she also served as director of the NLE Curatorial Lab program. Rachel has served as curator at Exit Art in New York, where she curated the organization’s final exhibitions Every Exit Is an Entrance: 30 Years of Exit Art and Collective/Performative (co-curator), and as a co-director of Sara Meltzer Gallery. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies in Contemporary Art and Culture from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, NY.

Gabriel de Guzman - Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Smack Mellon

Gabriel de Guzman is Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Smack Mellon, where he organizes group and solo exhibitions that feature emerging and under-recognized mid-career artists whose work often explores critical, socially relevant issues. Before joining Smack Mellon’s staff in 2017, de Guzman was the Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, organizing solo projects for emerging artists, as well as thematic group exhibitions. As a guest curator, he has presented shows at BronxArtSpace, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, Rush Arts Gallery, En Foco at Andrew Freedman Home, the Affordable Art Fair New York, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and the Bronx Museum's 2013 AIM Biennial. Prior to Wave Hill, he was a curatorial assistant at The Jewish Museum. His essays have been published in Nueva Luz: Photographic Journal and in catalogues for the Arsenal Gallery at Central Park, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, and the art institutions mentioned above. He earned an M.A. in art history from Hunter College and a B.A. in art history from the University of Virginia.

Arden Sherman - Director and Curator of Hunter East Harlem Gallery

Arden Sherman is Director & Curator of Hunter East Harlem Gallery, a multi-disciplinary space for art exhibitions and socially-minded projects located at Hunter College in New York City. Arden has curated and organized dozens of exhibitions, projects, and programs. Her interests are socially-engaged art, education & participation, and installation photography. She earned her master's degree in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts in 2010 and her bachelor’s degrees in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Studio Art from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. Arden’s other project is a line of leather sandals that she co-creates with her cousin Jessie Jenkins, appropriately named Cousin.

Moderator - Katya Grokhovsky, Artist, Founding Director and Curator, The Immigrant Artist Biennial

Katya Grokhovsky was born in Ukraine, raised in Australia and is based in NYC. She is an artist, curator, educator and a Founding Artistic Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB) and Feminist Urgent (FU). Grokhovsky holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts and a BA (Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including Creator in Residence at Kickstarter, Pratt Fine Arts Department Artist in Residence, Wythe Hotel Residency, Art and Law Fellowship, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Studios Program, BRICworkspace Residency, Ox-BOW School of Art Residency, Wassaic Artist Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts Associate Artist in Residence, Studios at MASS MoCA, VOX Populi Curatorial Fellowship, NARS Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Watermill Center Residency and more. She has been awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship, ArtSlant 2017 Prize, Asylum Arts Grant, Chashama space to create grant, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and others. Her work has been exhibited extensively.

www.theimmigrantartistbiennial.com

THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY Enlightenment Wines Meadery @EnlightenmentWines

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