In/Between 2024: Cosmic Domestic
Statement from curators Martita Abril, Zahra Banyamerian and Yanira Castro.
In selecting and bringing this work together from New York Foundation for the Arts’ 2024 immigrant artist cohort—we are considering our own visceral response to the urgent needs of people seeking asylum in New York City. What is sanctuary? Many of the works in Cosmic Domestic embed home in outer space, in our bodies, in temporary shelters, in dreams and vessels, in a crib and the MTA. These twenty artists, working in a variety of mediums, evoke the power of birth, family, and the courageous act of inhabiting.
This year’s exhibit features works by the following artists: Melika Abikenari, Andrés Altamirano, Min Baek, Lana Bolycheva, Gabriela Bornstein, Doreen Chan, Nelise Nasheida Charles, Ruoyun Chen, Rocío Delaloye, Lafina Eptaminitaki, Tea (Tika) Gzirishvili, Lee Jensen, Doi Kim, Jisook Kim, Azadeh Nia, Mari Nagem, Eiko Nishida, Johan Orellana, Hadeel Saalok, and Vera Saldivar de Lira.
More info on the artist behind the works can be found here.
Initiated in 2019 by artist Yanira Castro as part of her Live Feed residency at New York Live Arts, In/Between is an annual immigrant artist group exhibition originally created by artists Yanira Castro, Martita Abril, and Poppy DeltaDawn. The exhibition features and supports participants of NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. The name In/Between reflects on the multiplicity of immigrant artists’ experiences, identities, practices, and politics, while also speaking to the liminal experience of home/residence/community.
The mentoring program pairs immigrant artists with mentors who guide them to achieve specific career goals while providing them with broader access to the New York cultural world. It brings mentees together with mentors as well as other program participants to navigate their shared experiences and the challenges of being an immigrant artist. Artists and details for this year’s group show to be announced later this spring.