Crossing Borders at SCOPE Art Show Miami

Press Release: Miami, FL, November 15, 2021
Crossing Borders Group Exhibit at SCOPE Art Show in Miami, December 1-5, 2021 (Booth F015)

CROSSING BORDERS: Artists from the Middle East and America

MIAMI, Fla. (December 19, 2021) – Khawam Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming participation in the SCOPE Art Show. The in-person fair during Art Miami week will take place 30 November to 5 December 2021 in Miami, FL. The gallery presents “Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East and America”. A selection of works by Six Middle Eastern, Swiss-American, and Cuban contemporary artists.

The exhibition showcases the works by artists from Cuba, Israel, Syria, and Switzerland share the art about their cultural history intertwined with the American experience, and the impact of their heritage, immigration, and the new American culture on their lives and art making. Although the artworks may differ esthetically, there is much that connects them conceptually. Common threads are recurrent references to their heritage history, shared experiences, indigenous mythologies, and social norms. The featured artists often invoke national art histories, either in tribute or subversion, but also engage with current happenings, and international artistic trends. These artists enter into dialogues with the traditions of the past at the same time that they participate in current global artistic discussions. Their simultaneous engagement with the past, present, and the future speaks to a singular creative present. 

The artists explore history, create commentary around current happenings with mark making techniques, materials, and process in a variety of media. The exchange of ideas and acknowledgement of influence of these artists have long comprised the tenets of creative production by creating a new lexicon of post-modern commentary and imagistic anarchy, intentionally borrowing and sharing pictures that were local to their heritage and experience as a way of breaking apart conventional notions of ownership. Whether the implications are laudatory, reverent, academic, or incendiary, the playful, storied history of “originality” in art bears closer examination.

Featured works by Ilan Averbuch, Kelly Fischer, Manhal Issa, Tony Khawam, Nizar Sabour, and Esterio Segura. More information at https://khawamgallery.com/fairs

Free Virtual Events: A selection of cultural program has been scheduled for live events are accessible via Zoom and social media including Artist Talk, Lectures, Music, Poetry, Performance, Film Screening and Culinary Talk.

FREE VIRTUAL EVENTS
A full slate of events has been scheduled for “KAC Live.” Events are accessible via Zoom, Facebook Live on events page here. (RSVP on EventBrite for Zoom events)

SCOPE Miami Beach, 801 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Open on Tuesday Nov. 30th, 2021 for its Platinum First View and VIP + Press Previews.
Open to the public on Dec. 1-5, 2021 from 11am – 8pm and on Artsy Viewing Room Nov 25 – Dec 12, 2021.

Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East and Latin America curated by Tony Khawam, winner of the “Individual Artist Award, Specific Cultural Project” Florida Division of Arts & Culture, and partially sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs. This exhibition will continue on Artsy through September, 2021.

Online Viewing Room on Artsy from Nov 25 to Dec 12, 2021

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Published by Tony Khawam

Artist, art dealer, director of marketing and creative services

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