2017 Art Omi: Artists, Bios

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Kiichiro Adachi, Japan/USA

cosmic tree, 2015, 40 x 40 x 9 ft.

Kiichiro Adachi was born in Osaka. Japan, graduated from Tama Art University. In recent, he moved the art base to New York City.
His work has been exhibited in the following exhibitions Meets ART-the casket of the forest, Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan, 2014; Trans-Cool TOKYO: Contemporary Japanese Art from MOT Collection, Taipei Fine Arts Museum and Singapore Art Museum, 2011; Busan Biennale, 2010; No Man's Land, Embassy of France, Japan, 2009; When Lives Become Form, São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Brazil, 2008; Space For Your Future, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan, 2007.


Shurooq Amin, Kuwait

Blind New World, from Popcornographic series, 2012, auctioned at Christie's in 2013. Mixed media on canvas mounted on wood and framed. 170 cm x 150 cm.

Shurooq Amin is the daughter of a Kuwaiti father and Syrian mother; a mixed-media interdisciplinary artist and an Anglophone poet whose purpose is to instigate change in society. She has a PhD in Ekphrasis, the connection between art and poetry, and has been published and anthologized internationally. She has been a guest speaker at various universities, a judge for various events, and has been interviewed by BBC's Stephen Sackur on HARDTalk (Nov 17, 2014), as well as BBC's Democracy Day (Jan 20th 2015), making her the first Kuwaiti woman to appear on Hard Talk. Shurooq has had 14 solo exhibitions, more than 45 group exhibitions, her paintings have been sold at auctions, commissioned privately and publicly, awarded prizes locally and internationally, and shown at biennales and art fairs. A retrospective of her work was featured in the biannual art journal Contemporary Practices: Visual Arts from the Middle East. Shurooq's poetry has been published into two books to date, in more than 40 literary journals across the globe, and has been anthologized in the Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Arabian Gulf Poetry by Ithaca Publishers in association with the Virginia Commonwealth University of Qatar. Her second volume of poetry "The Hanging of the Wind" is taught as part of the contemporary literature curriculum in universities in the Gulf. She is the first Kuwaiti to be nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in December 2007 in the USA. In 2012 she was nominated as one of Kuwait's 46 Inspirational People in Sheikha Intisar Al-Sabah's book The Alchemy of Wisdom.

Following the shut down and censorship of her show It's a Man's World in March 2012 by Kuwaiti authorities, a year later, in April 2013, Shurooq was awarded the title of Artist of the Year by the Arab Woman Awards, and has since become the first Kuwaiti female artist to be auctioned at Christie's auction house and a spokesperson for freedom of expression. She exhibited her 2013 series Popcornographic during Art Dubai with Ayyam Gallery. Her 2014 series We'll Build This City on Art and Love was exhibited from September 14th to October 23, 2014, with Ayyam Gallery, DIFC, Dubai, and exhibited in London from 12th November 2014 to 10th January 2015, with an artist's talk and panel discussion. In October 2014, Shurooq was nominated for the 2014/2015 Sovereign Asian Art Prize by Art Radar. She was a moderator, panel speaker and poet at NYU Abu Dhabi's workshop FIND: Reversible (7-10 December 2014). Shurooq is the first Kuwaiti female artist to show her work at the Venice Biennale (56th International Venice Biennale, Italy, May to November 2015).

She exhibited her 13th solo show in Kuwait, in April to May 2016, a collaboration between Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, and Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait, and curated by the renowned Martina Corgnati from Italy. The show moved to Beirut in September 2016. In May 2016, Shurooq was invited to be on the PhD examining board at the University of Trento, Italy; and to speak about art for change at the Academy of Fine Arts, Brera, Milan, and in the summer of 2016, she worked on a series of artworks entitled The Four Seasons of Love at her art residency at Villa Lena, Italy. She has recently been the recipient of the Extraordinary Women In Leadership award by World Congress Brand, nominated for the Extraordinary Women's Awards by ECCO, Dubai, and a speaker at the Global Economic Forum: Women in Leadership in October 2016, both in Dubai. Shurooq is represented by Ayyam Gallery. She is currently preparing for her next solo in Dubai, The Chair Chronicles: Message in a Bottle, incorporating paintings, ink on paper, LED and light box work, video documentary, and installation. Instagram: @shurooqamin; Snapchat: shurooq-amin; Twitter: @shurooqamin; Facebook: Shurooq Amin Page.

Camila Arriaga Torres, Colombia

Claudio Beorchia, Italy

Homo infographicus, 2015, 5 collages, financial charts on paper, 40x30 cm (each).

Born in 1979 in Vercelli, Claudia Beorchia lives and work near Venice (Italy). Beorchia studied Design and Visual Arts at Iuav University in Venice and the Fine Arts Academy "Brera" in Milan. They obtained a Ph.D. in Design Sciences - Department of Design and Planning of Complex Environments, at Doctorate School of Iuav University in Venice. Beorchia's works have been exhibited in numerous institutions and galleries throughout Italy and abroad (Armenia, China, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Morocco, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, South America). They have been an artist in residence in Italy (Piedmont, Sardinia, Molise, Apulia, Sicily), China, Denmark, Germany, Nederlands and United States.

Anna Berry, UK, Unlimit Art Fellowship

Anna Berry typically works with installation and intervention, often in non-gallery settings. Berry is known for their work with paper; sometimes the pieces are kinetic. Berry responds spontaneously to a specific time and place. Conceptually, the artists' work explores issues surrounding reality and experience, and by extension the nature of reality. This isn't an abstract concern for Berry, but one born out of struggle with their own disability - Berry's experience of the world is very different. On an aesthetic and gut level, there are also resonances with body and the uncanny. Anna Berry is from Scotland, lives in England, and their academic background is philosophy, commercial background is photography. Berry is also a musician.

Elaine Byrne, Ireland/USA

RAUM, 2013. wood, metal, text, c prints, sound, found objects.

Elaine Byrne was born in Dublin and relocated to New York in 2014. She received a B.A. from University College of Dublin, and an M.A in Visual Arts Practises from IADT, Dublin (2009). She completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2015). She has had solo shows at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery (Dublin), Montoro12 (Rome), Limerick City Gallery, Belltable (Limerick) Oonagh Young Gallery (Dublin), Atrio Cultura Space (Mexico), ISCP (New York) and 21stProjects (New York). Her videos have been shown at Crawford Art Gallery, Cork and the Slought, Philadelphia.
She won the 8th Arte Laguna sculpture prize ('14), the RHA photography prize ('12) and was Celeste prize finalist ('15). She was awarded a ground floor studio at ISCP, New York ('15). Elaine is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

Claudia Chaseling
, Germany/Australia

inquisition, 2016, aluminium, egg tempera and oil on wall, floor and canvas, 114 x 315 x 122 inches. Galerie Dirk Halverscheid, Munich, Germany. Photo: Beate Winter © Claudia Chaseling and VG Bild-Kunst, 2017

Claudia Chaseling was born in Munich, Germany. She received Masters degrees in Visual Art, from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin, Germany and from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at 45cbm Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Krohne Art Collection Duisburg, Mural Projects at the Volta10 in Basel and at Galerie Dirk Halverscheid in Munich. She took part at the X-Border Biennial in Rovaniemi, the Lulea Art Biennial 11 and in numerous institutional and gallery groups presentation in Europe, Australia and the USA.

Major grants and scholarships she received include those of the German DAAD, the Australian Samstag Scholarship and APA Award, the Studio Award of the Karl Hofer Society, the Australia Council for the Arts Grant in 2014 and the 2015/16 artsACT Project Grant. She has taken part in various international visiting artists programs and residencies, among others at the Texas A&M University, at Yaddo in New York, the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City and the Australian National University. The publishing house Verlag für zeitgenoessische Kunst und Theorie Berlin published her first extensive monograph, Claudia Chaseling – Spatial painting, in 2016. Upcoming in 2017 are her solo exhibitions at Magic Beans Gallery in Berlin, Germany and at the Wollongong Art Gallery, Australia. Claudia is PhD candidate, Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Furen Dai, China/USA, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Fellowship

Language Product, Still from video, performance video, 2016, 9:12 min

Born in China, Furen Dai lives and works in Boston, MA. Dai came from a background of linguistic study and worked as an English-Russian-Chinese translator and interpreter. She graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University with an undergraduate degree in Russian Language and Literature and received her MFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University.

Dai is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work includes video, performance and sculpture. She addresses language and literature associated with traditional Chinese culture in her work and is also engaged in a discourse around the position of being between two cultures and within a cross-cultural exchange. Dai's work has been included in numerous exhibitions and film festivals in Spain, Portugal, Argentina, Italy, Ecuador, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Russia, France, Vietnam, China and United States.

Modou Dieng, Senegal/USA

After Thoughts, house paint and gold leaf on boxing gloves and elastic bandages, 12/12-12 inches, 2016

Modou Dieng was born in Saint-Louis, Senegal. He is a multidisciplinary artist and curator exploring the symbolic and mythological power of pop culture icons through mixed media and hybrid materials. His work constructs a mural of archetypal cultural imagery filtered through the perspective of a generation X African. Dieng has exhibited internationally and is the founder of the curatorial team Worksound International in Portland, OR.

Dieng holds an MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and is currently Associate Professor at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Lang Ea
, Cambodia/New Zealand

KA -BOOM!, 2016, Installation; 30m diameter; 600+ red acrylic wool pom poms. photo by Gary Hayes

As a multidisciplinary artist Lang's work explores a variety of issues reflecting the unstable contemporary age, drawing inspiration from her Cambodian origins. She likes to produce effective emotional narratives while conveying a coherent and consistent sense of harmony and unity utilising combinations of everyday materials including resin, polystyrene, glass, concrete, ceramic and wool.

Lang's family fled Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime and after spending three years in various Thailand refugee camps, the family emigrated to New Zealand in 1982. She bases herself in Auckland, New Zealand.

Lang studied design at the Architecture and Design School at Victoria University in Wellington New Zealand. She has been a finalist in numerous awards and has been awarded Artist residency fellowship for Red gate Residency in 2016, Beijing/ China; and Vermont Studio Centre Residency in 2015, Johnson/ USA. Her works are held in public and private collections in the United States, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand.

Lang's art work has been exhibited in solo and group shows, recent exhibitions includes Memory as a living matter. Sala Umberto Veruda, Trieste, Italy; Sculpture by the sea –Bondi 2016. Sydney, Australia; Brush Strokes. Pen and Brush Gallery, New York City; The Expatriates. & Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Lorne Sculpture Biennale. Melbourne, Australia;Sculpture at Scenic World 2015 and 2016. Sydney, Australia; These exhibitions have received positive reviews from both curators and audiences. She has upcoming exhibition for Pah Gallery. Auckland. Jul 2107, New Zealand; and Memorial the Verdun. Verdun, France. 2018.


Iñaki Garmendia, Basque Country (Spain), Eremuak Fellowship

Bozo 98, vídeo 24 min. 1998/2013

Iñaki Garmendia was born in Ordizia (Gipuzkoa, Basque Country) in 1972 and lives and works in Bilbao. Recent solo exhibitions include Galería Moisés Pérez de Albéniz, (Madrid) and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. His work appears in the exhibitions The Shadow of Speech: MACBA Collection at the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Korea in Seoul, and Organisational Forms at Skuc Galerija in Ljubljana, Slovenia and Materiality, Wyspa Art Foundation in Gdansk in Poland. In 2004 participates in the 6th Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists, held in Vrsac and Belgrade, and in Manifesta 5. His book Only Kids Love Other Kids is published in 2006, and presents Red Light/ Straight Edge + Izarra at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt. In 2010 Obtains the Hangar-Contemporary Image Collective (CIC) artist exchange residency in Cairo, Egypt. The Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) acquires his video Untitled Orbea (Orduña). . His work is featured in the exhibitions Cine y casi cine at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCAR) in Madrid, and M/other Tongue at Tenderpixel in London. 


Barbara Kaplan, Argentina
Born in Buenos Aires in 1980. She attended sculpture orientation at the National School of Fine Arts "Prilidiano Pueyrredón". In 2015 she won a grant for artistic creation of the National Endowment for the Arts; in 2010 she received the third place of Young Art Williams Foundation Award. In 2009 she was a scholarship holder in Center for Artistic Research, and in 2005 she received an honorable mention in new media and installations of the National Visual Arts Prize. In 2015 she attended Peninsula Art residency in Porto Alegre, Brasil. Her work is published in Contemporary poetics, Notes and approaches, Itinerary of visual arts in Argentina from 1990 to 2010, National Endowmwnt for the Arts, and Contemporary Drawing in Argentina, ItauFundation.

Jennifer Karady, USA, Francis Greenburger Fellowship for Mitigating Ethnic & Religious Conflict

Staff Sergeant Kyle Winjum, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, U.S. Marine Corps, veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, with fellow Marines; Twentynine Palms, CA, from the series, Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, 2014. Chromogenic color print, 48 x 48 inches.

Jennifer Karady is an award-winning artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her critically acclaimed project, Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, has been exhibited widely, including in solo exhibitions at the Palm Springs Art Museum, the University of Michigan, SF Camerawork, CEPA, the University of Denver, and the Berman Museum. Her work was featured on PBS Newshour, in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Polka, Kunstbeeld, on National Public Radio, and reviewed in Frieze. Public collections include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Albright Knox Gallery and Palm Springs Art Museum. Karady's numerous residencies and awards include Yaddo, MacDowell, The Headlands, The Blue Mountain Center, Getty Creative Images Grant, and grants from the Compton Foundation. She was the 2013-14 Roman J. Witt Artist-in-Residence at the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan.

Francois Knoetze, South Africa, American Dream Fellowship

Born in Cape Town in 1989, Francois Knoetze is a performance artist, sculptor and filmmaker. He holds a BA Fine Arts degree from Rhodes University and an MFA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT. Knoetze's work retraces the life cycles of discarded objects and explores junctures between material and social histories. In his Mongo* sculptural suits, the synthetic is welded to the human – bringing focus to the objectification of persons, through the personification of objects. In 2015 Knoetze featured as one of Mail & Guardian's 'Top 200 Young South Africans'. His series Cape Mongo (2013-2015) formed part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival Main Programme in 2015 and the Global Graduate Programme at Design Indaba 2016. He has participated in group exhibitions, such as A Secret Rancour – Notions of Resentment at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgium (2017), U/Tropia at the Wiener Festwochen in Germany (2015), and Designing Futures at the Lagos Photo Festival (2015).

His work has also been shown at a number of local and international film festivals, including the The Boda Boda Lounge Project, the 2015 WNDX Festival of Moving Image (winner of the Jury Prize for Best International Work), Videonomad - Edinburgh Artists' Moving Image Festival (2016), Artvideo Koeln: Audiovisual Experiences in Cologne (2015), the inaugural Addis Video Art Festival (2015), and the 32nd Kassel Documentary and Video Festival in Germany (2015). In 2016 he was chosen as one of Africa Centre's Artist In Residence Laureates, and spent two months at the Nafasi Art Center in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania, creating his latest series The Great Circle.

*mongo n. slang. object thrown away and then recovered.

Anna Kristensen, Australia/USA, Art Omi Australia Committee

Gate, 2016, oil and acrylic on linen, two rhombus parts: 102x120x2.5cm each; 102x255x2.5cm (overall) (photo: Yanni Kronenberg)

Anna Kristensen (b. Sydney 1983) works primarily in painting, exploring the contested ground between painting, photography and objective space. Architecture and geology have been recurrent themes in her early career. She constructs formal constellations in her exhibitions that often combine painting and sculpture with various techniques of photo-reproduction (e.g. screen-printing, lenticular prints). She has executed a number of commissioned large-scale wall paintings.

In 2013, Kristensen undertook two residencies in the US: The Australia Council for the Arts' Greene Street Studio in New York and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha. She was awarded a Master of Fine Arts (Research) by the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2009. In 2007, she was a visiting student at the Universität der Künste, Berlin (class of Anette Haas). She was a casual academic lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney (2009 - 2016) and currently lives and works in New York City.

Kristensen has presented solo exhibitions for over a decade in regional and commercial galleries and artist-run-initiatives in Australia and Berlin as well as participating in group exhibitions in Australia, Italy, Singapore and the US. Solo commercial exhibitions in Australia include The Commercial Gallery, Sydney (2016), Gallery 9, Sydney (2014, 2011, 2008), Kalimanrawlins Gallery, Melbourne (2011).

In 2011, Kristensen first exhibited her major early work, Indian Chamber, an in-the-round panoramic oil painting of the Jenolan Caves that was two years in production. Indian Chamber has been exhibited extensively in regional galleries in Australia.

Anna Kristensen's work is in the collection of Artbank, the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, the University of Western Australia, Shepparton Art Museum and Wollongong City Gallery.


Diego Lama, Peru

The Act, Video, 2011, 3:36 minutes. The author's ironic look at the drug trafficking related corruption in peruvian congress.

Since the beginning of his practice, Diego Lama has built a body of work focused on the research of time-based media, with a prominent approach to the thought process of cinema, while maintaining the empirical character of his visual arts background.

His work has been exhibited at the Havana Biennale; the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Moving Image in New York.
His works are included in international collections such as The Getty Center in Los Angeles, Videobrasil in Sao Paulo, Caixa Forum in Barcelona, Instituto Cervantes in Munich, as well as numerous private collections.

Eunsook Lee, South Korea

Eunsook Lee's work began with textile arts but has expanded to installations, mainly incorporating diverse media such as fiber, polyester, and black lighting. While preparing for their first exhibit in 1986, they sustained extensive skin burns on their face and body after an explosion of hot paraffin, the medium they were using. Despite the tortuous rehabilitation, "I could not stop creating my art and representations of life force. Thin fluorescent threads pass every corner of my artwork. This thin thread is my life yet my connection to every people. Tread is my blood vessel which keep me alive in physically and mentally."

Rodolfo Marron, USA, Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship

Puro Mala Suerte, Glitter and inscribing on photo, 4x6 inches, 2017

Originally from Los Angeles, California, Rodolfo Marron III is a self-trained visual artist living in Kansas City, MO. Upon graduating from Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts in 2008, he began his career as a illustrator and painter. Regional solo exhibitions include the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, The Late Show, Garcia Squared Contemporary, and the Kemper at the Crossroads. Recent awards include the 2016 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Arts Award, the Missouri Bank ArtBoard and the Byron C. Cohen Award. Rodolfo currently helps lead the Artist of Color Alliance (AOCA), a group for self identifying creatives of color in the Midwest region.

Omar Mismar,

Schmitt, You and Me
. Video installation, 55' loop. 2016-2017.

Omar Mismar is a visual artist born in Lebanon. He holds an MFA in Fine Arts and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. Mismar has taught at the American University of Beirut, the University of San Francisco, and California College of the Arts. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 2016, and the Studio Program at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2016-2017. He received an AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship where he will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute for 2017-2018.

Mismar's art practice is project-driven, tinted by influences from Conceptual art, critical studies, and design. He drifts in the city, clinging parasitically onto different frameworks and situations, occupying different roles, and forming temporary alliances—to space, to publics, and to the subject matter at hand. Contingency, desire, connection, and antagonism complicate the bodies of, and in the, work. The outcomes of the investigations and aftermaths are a dérive through form, from performances, ephemeral in nature, to installations, video, photography, and sculpture. Recent work explores gestures towards spaces of political strife. By wagering on a poetic occupation, a performative obliqueness emerges. Such obliqueness is not slanted enough to lead to a flight from the situation under the wing of the beautiful (aestheticizing politics), but it is slanted enough to avoid engaging the context didactically (politicizing aesthetics). Attempting a scrupulous buoyancy between the gestural, the aesthetic, and the political, the work grapples with conflict and its representation, injecting into its discourse material interventions, formal deliberations, precarious aesthetic fascination, and futilities.

Branislav Nikolić, Serbia

, wood, metal, glass, 693 x 453 x 95 inch, 2016

Born 1970 in Šabac, Serbia. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia, the department of painting, in 1996. He received postgraduate degrees from the Dutch Art Institute, Enschede, the Netherlands in 2001 and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2002. Since 1995 he has been a member of the Association of Fine Artists of Serbia. From 2002 he is selector for the Jalovik Art Colony. He works in sculpture, painting, design and as a curator. Branislav Nikolić has exhibited his works independently and together with other artists, both at home and abroad. He lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.

Jebila Okongwu, Nigeria/Italy

The Legitimacy of Brutality (study), 2016, collage and mixed media on linen, 39.4" x 28.3"

Jebila Okongwu critiques stereotypes of Africa and African identity and repurposes them as counterstrategies, drawing on African symbolism, spirituality and history. Socio-political concerns are also fundamental to his art.

Okongwu often works with banana boxes, having observed that their cliched slogans and tropical graphics articulate an 'exotic' provenance, much like the exoticisation of African bodies from an ethnocentric perspective. When these boxes are shipped to the West from Africa, the Caribbean and South America, the old routes of slavery are retraced, accentuating existing patterns of trade, migration and exploitation.

A recent motif in Okongwu's work is the volcano. Symbols of power and violence, they are also employed as a metaphor to suggest growing social unrest, insurrection against social injustice and hint at the possibility of apocalypse or revolution.

Prominent institutions that have hosted exhibitions of the artist include the American Academy in Rome (2015), the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples (2014), and the MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2013). Solo exhibitions include Baert Gallery, Los Angeles (2017), Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan (2015), Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, Rome (2013) and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney (2012). The artists lives and works in Rome.

Yann Pocreau, Canada, The Antrev/Habland Award

Lumières 1, Ink jet Print on Archival Ilford Smooth Pearl Paper, 69 cm x 102 cm ( 27 in x 40 in ), 2015

Yann Pocreau was born in Quebec City in 1980 and lives and works in Montreal. He has participated in several Canadian, American and European exhibitions, including Quebec Gold, presented in Reims, France; Exercise of empathy, Bortier Brussels;; Out of Grace, at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery; the Mois de la Photo in Montreal in 2011, Projection at the Darling Foundry, Montreal, L'image Rode at le Fresnoy, France (Louise Déry Curator) and at the 5thSinop International Biennal in Turkey. His work has been reviewed in various magazines and can be found in the collections of the National Bank of Canada, Hydro-Québec, Desjardins, Deloitte Toronto, the City of Montreal, Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Museum of Joliette, in the loan collection of from the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec.


Viktor Popovic, Croatia, Fellowship for an Artist Living and Working in Croatia

Untitled (Archive ST3), digital print on paper, 7 fluorescent light tubes, 300 x 340 x 5 cm, 2017

Viktor Popović was born in 1972 in Split, Croatia. He graduated Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1996. Since 1998 teaches Painting, Life drawing and Drawing courses at the Painting department at the Arts Academy in Split where he was promoted to the full professor title in 2013. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. For his work, he won several awards (Award of the 36th Split Salon, Croatian Association of Artists Split, Split, Croatia in 2009; First prize in the contest for the conceptual design of the monument to Don Mihovil Pavlinović at Mihovil Pavlinović's Square in Split, Croatia (with Ana Grgić) in 2009; Annual award for best young artist, Croatian Art Society, Zagreb, Croatia in 2006; Annual award for contemporary art, Filip Trade, Zagreb, Croatia in 2005; Grand Prix of the 8th Triennial of Croatian Sculpture, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts – the Glyptotheca, Zagreb, Croatia in 2003).

Alejandra Prieto, Chile, Cecily Brown Fellowship

Farid Rasulov, Azerbaijan/USA

Europallet, wood, carving, dimension variable, 2015.

Farid Rasulov was born in 1985, Shusha, Azerbaijan. A doctor by training, Farid Rasulov suddenly became involved in the visual arts after his graduation from university, to the great surprise of his friends and family and made great strides in a relatively short period of time. He originally trained to be a doctor at the Azerbaijan State Medical University (2006), but since becoming an artist and working intensively he has represented Azerbaijan at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Rasulov is active across a wide range of artistic media – large-scale paintings, installations, 3D graphics, animation, and sculpture. His works are usually intellectually provocative. Not accidentally, this con­ceptual artist stubbornly denies charges of his art being multi-layered and profound. He insists that he has meant absolutely nothing, that he simply replicated the commonplace things that he saw around him.

Yves Sambu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Click here to view full CV. Yves Sambu's « Vanitas » project (2010-17) is a series comprising of photographs and videos that takes as its subject « La Sape » and Congolese « sapeurs » (dandies). Sambu's portrait-subjects are depicted in cemeteries, bars, streets, and in private shops and work-places. At the onset of « Vanitas » project, Yves Sambu wanted the exhibition to be structured around several elements. The dimensions that form « Vanitas » are multiple: from the sacred to the playful, from the festive to "socio-poetic" commitment, from competitive rivalry to artistic expression to self-esteem.

What is known as « La Sape » (The Sape) is a contemporary living tradition, it is a phenomenon considered as testimony of all Congolese socio-political movements, from the colonial time to the present, through the movements of decolonization, monopartism and civil wars. « La Sape » is an abbreviation for « Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes » (« Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People »). « La Sape » refers to the Fench slang word « sape » which means « attire ». Someone involved in « La Sape » is known as a « sapeur ». Although peaceful, The Sape is a movement of free expression, which attracts much admiration in today's Congolese youth community. But, is also the subject of a certain contempt, a derision instigated by what is misperceived as surfeit ostentaiousness promoted and advanced by a so-called selfie – esteem system.

In Sambu's « Vanitas » project the pictures of the Sapeurs posing in various cemeteries immerses us in a utopian universe of being and appearing, a universe where narcissism (the extreme love of self) and the respect of the other (being alive or dead) coincide. « Vanitas » shows us the spiritual and human dimension of « La Sape » movement, where collectivism and individualism merge, and where the very meanings of tradition and memory are re-addressed in poignant terms.

Yves Sambu was born on June 15 1980, in Lukula, DR Congo. In 2007, Yves Sambu received his degree in Plastic Art of the Academy of Fine Arts of Kinshasa. Anchored in late post-modern conceptualism, Sambu's aesthetic vision has several facets with visible impacts. Taking on a distinct political-ethnographic cast, his artworks are concrete visual manifestations and interactive artistic interventions that pertain to vital and often troubling Congolese socio-cultural and economic issues. Yves Sambu's art practice is grounded in photography, video, art performance as well as in the signifiers pertaining to traditional artisinal customs that lend themselves towards expressions of the folkloric. Through these mediums, Sambu's art practice attempts to give rise to coexisting elements of a contradictory nature, while seeking a common point in order to bring forth the unexpectedly new, nestled between the lines. Sambu's approach to artmaking consists in valorising and revalorising dead or asphyxiated cultures and social practices while giving voice to outsider-art impulses and visual fields of production that have no precise definition and that are presently devoid of artistic social status. In short, Sambu's cultural work is invested in opening up a dialogue of what constitutes « art » from « non-art », who gets to decide what is valued or validated aesthetically, and under what terms and conditions.

While still a university student Yves Sambu founded the collective SADI (Solidarity of the Artists for the Integral Development), with his academic colleagues. SADI is a dynamic and active cultural platform in Kinshasa. This platform stands out for its artistic and social commitment, whose inter-influences allow for an open dialogic interface to occur between society and artists. The goal of the SADI collective is for its individual members to be involved together in one project in order to achieve an integral development in the community. The Collectif Sadi (as it is known in French) is a space where many young Congolese artists and their talents have been discovered and encouraged. SADI continues to contribute to the emergence of active artists in today's Congolese artistic scene.

Among Yves Sambu's realised projects : VANITAS (2010-17) and "Where shall we go, where shall we go?" (2007-9). In development : ENIGMA ( 2016-ongoing) – a multimedia project


Julie Schenkelberg, USA

, installation detail, 2015. Located at The Mattress Factory Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Julie Schenkelberg was born in Cleveland, Ohio and spends time in Detroit, Michigan and New York City. She creates large-scale semi-permanent installations using discarded domestic materials, such as concrete, copper and rusted metal, and repurposed wood. Her work draws on her personal story and imagery of the post-industrial ruins of her hometown, Cleveland, Ohio. This takes place in neglected homes, abandoned buildings, or even in the gallery space. She received a MFA in Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, NY, NY. She is represented by Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, and her large-scale installations have been displayed in solo exhibitions at The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, Untitled Art Fair in Miami, SiTE:LAB in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and more. She has received numerous grants from institutions including the Harpo Foundation, Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship 2016, the National Endowment for the Arts.


Omid Shekari, Iran/USA

Omid Shekari is an Iranian artist based in Philadelphia whose work channels the crises through an imaginative form of magic realism that blends banal events of daily life with the potential violence that lies just below the entire surface of the globe at any time in history. As an artist who has lived through the range of shifting political winds in the Middle East and who has observed the cultural phenomena following the religious revolution in Iran, he is moved to make art about these events, their hidden stories, and the feelings that they provoke. But the situations that his works portray are far more universal in nature, and are treated precisely as such: vaguely familiar, almost dreamlike, at times nightmarish, something that could be taking place anywhere and anytime. Omid Shekari received a BFA from Soore University, Tehran, Iran (2011) and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2016). Shekari has been a resident at Ox-Bow, Michigan (2015), the 24th Process - Space Art Festival in Bulgaria (2015), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (2016).

Anssi Taulu, Finland

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Anssi Taulu was born in Jyväskylä, Finland in 1969. He works predominantly in the medium of sculptures, but includes environmental art projects, graphics, drawings, videos and collaborative projects with other artists in his large scale installations. Taulu graduated from Kankaanpää Art School in 1994. His major solo shows have been at Galleria Sculptor in Helsinki, GalleriaKONE in Hämeenlinna and Galerie Toolbox in Berlin, Germany. His environmental art project Wasp Factories were built in numerous places in Finland, Edinburgh and London. His works have been exhibited in Germany, Sweden, Scotland, Norway and Estonia. Taulu have public works in Finland and in Utica NY. He is a member of the Association of Finnish Sculptors. He lives and works in Hämeenlinna, Finland.

Taulu is inspired by the connection between the environment and architecture. He uses different recycled materials, cardboard, plexiglas, wood and readymade objects. Important elements are lights, shadows, sounds and acoustics.


Thu Kim Ku, Vietnam

Thu Kim Vu graduated her BFA from Hanoi University of Fine Arts, Vietnam and her MFA from the School of the Art Institutre of Chicago, United States. Focus on line drawing, paper material and using temporary spaces, she had been working on different projects through traveling to create a new experience based on how her line drawing changing the atmostphere of each space. Vu has been participated in a number of residencies worldwide which contribute a great influence in shaping her works into many directions.

In 2008, Vu particited residency Program at Vermont Studio Center and New York Mills Regional cultural center, Minnesota. Her works was expanded to doodle drawing and combined with different paper construction setting dealing with emotional, mental as well as physical aspect of using lines, brushstroke as a method of meditation. In 2009, Vu came to Goyang National Art studio, Korea and discovered a new dimension in her work experimenting with Korean traditional Hanji paper and expanding her brushstroke into an enormous scale larger than herself, creating spontaenous movement. At the same year, she also travelled to Sanskriti Kendra, India under the Unesco Aschbergh Fellowship, where the new colorful energy of the Rangoli inspired her works with papers. After that, Vu was working on a new project "WEBS" developing her residencies at Seven Below art Initiatives and Djerassi in United States. In late 2010, Vu started a new exhibition at Kuenstlerdorf Schoeppingen in Germany, opening new ideas on how she de-forms the construction of spaces. In the year of 2011, Vu participated in three residencies: Mc Coll Center of Visual Art (USA), Rockefeller Bellagio Center (Italy) and Can Serrat International Residency (Spain). From these trips, she developed her new ideas in working with maps drawing on papers.

In the past years, Vu was interested in Japanese culture and her studies of Washi paper leads her to new experimentation with paper sculpture and lighting based on her current experience in three residencies in Japan: Kamiyama Artists in Residence Program, Mino Paper Art Village and Sapporo Artist in Residence Program. Vu is based in Hanoi, Vietnam as freelance artist.

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