In/Between 2020: TRANSFIGURE

Aug - Sep 2020

@New York Live Arts Lobby

In/Between 2020: TRANSFIGURE


In/Between 2020: TRANSFIGURE is a group exhibition curated by artists Martita Abril, Yanira Castro, and Poppy DeltaDawn and presented by New York Live Arts. It was developed to support the artists of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Mentorship Program. All sales will go directly to the artists during the ongoing pandemic.

Artists Abril, Castro and DeltaDawn developed the 2020 theme, TRANSFIGURE, before the pandemic and uprisings. At the time, they were considering the upcoming U.S. elections and the call not just to strengthen democratic principles but to affect a transformation. There was/is a need for radical change towards a further completion of the democratic experiment, to equitable and just participation. Immigrant artists are among those at the crux of these conversations.

In light of Covid-19 and the uprisings, Abril, Castro and DeltaDawn considered dropping the TRANSFIGURE theme altogether. But the work the artists submitted spoke to a transfiguration during this time, to new realities of making, working, and fabricating. The loss of access to studios and materials, the last minute sales of proposed art works by artists in order to purchase groceries and pay rent, changed and transformed the work present on this site.

The world is in process of transfiguration. Right in the thick of it. How can we radically reconsider questions of belonging, being and inhabiting? For this year’s In/Between presentation, we are looking at metamorphosis as a process of constructing body and home from the resources we already carry within us.

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a nonprofit service organization that empowers working artists and emerging arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional/organizational development.

Through the Immigrant Artist Program (IAP), the New York Foundation for the Arts is building and serving a community of artists with diverse backgrounds who share the experience of immigration. We connect artists with services and resources to foster their creative careers, gain support and exposure for their work, and integrate into the cultural world of New York and beyond while upholding their distinct identities.