Curated by Tara Sabharwal, NYC
Artists from Germany, India, USA
October 2 – November 20, 2020
First Friday Reception October 2, 6-8pm
Observing distancing & masks required
The present moment is all we ever know. It is the vital space in between what we have been and where we could be heading. It is always right there, our opportunity for change. inBEtween draws attention to our inherently open sense of self, honoring the process of self-examination and transformation.
– Tara Sabharwal, curator. In collaboration with David Gann.
This exhibition examines questions around inter-sectionality, displacement and otherness, through the work of artists from Germany, US and India, along with local guest artists. Curated by NYC based artist Tara Sabharwal, the show is part of an international travelling project with an emphasis on involving community and generating dialog.
In inhabiting different spaces, one encounters conflicting points of view, which work within the political/social/racial group but become suddenly inflammatory outside it. Often, we are not even aware of this, as we are, after all, an intrinsic part of cultural traditions and languages that have hierarchies, prejudices and privileges built into them. This show aims to foster dialog by experiencing diverse points of view and sharing our own.
The need for listening to each other is urgent. Artists live within communities as natural outsiders, forming their own borderless intersections. Could artists present a fresh approach, through their art, where reason and verbal structures fail?
Artists in the show
From Germany: nomadic sculptor Roger Rigorth’s installation of thin, fragile oars, Barbara Beisinhoff’s artist books on the poetry of Jewish poet and holocaust victim Gertrude Kolmar, and Sabine Stange’s photographs on perceptual transience.
From America: Tana Kellner’s monoprints on the US Bill of Rights and immigration, Cheryl Goldsleger’s prints of migration maps, Miguel Rivera’s overlapped drawings derived from his Mexican American roots, Leslie Jean Bart’s photographs of Haitian American identity discord through photos of people in water, Karen Kunc’s woodcuts on rural urban migration, Larry Millard’s batons referencing entry permits, and Kristin Casaletto’s prints of community existence.
From India: Ayisa Abraham’s film of the life of a Nepali migrant living in Bangalore, Veer Munshi’s installation on his return to his exiled home in Kashmir, and Tara Sabharwal’s collaged silkscreen prints of refugees on boats encountering the ‘other’.
Local guest artists: Jamie Ho’s photo documentary of her Chinese family history at the threshold of erasure, Francisco Souto’s metaphoric drawings of social collapse in Venezuela, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez’s folkloric print of colonial artifacts from Columbia, and Oria Simonini’s watercolors of migrant experience from her Guatemalan roots.