PROJECT: CROSSING BORDERS: ARTISTS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST & THE AMERICAS
Immigrant artists from Israel, Syria, Turkey, Switzerland, Cuba, Haiti, and Venezuela share their art and personal stories about their cultural heritage intertwined with their American experience, and the impact of immigration and the new American culture on their lives and art making. The project entitled “Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East & the Americas” an art exhibition with cultural events from South Florida’s rich multicultural community. At the exhibit opening, attendants will experience “A Taste of the Middle East, and Latin America,” and engage the attendants in a facilitated dialogue focusing on building cultural understanding, dispelling stereotypes, and fostering awareness of immigrants from the Middle East, the Americas and beyond with stories of their history in the U.S. This will be shared through videos, photos, and text as it contributes to the American fabric.
The exhibit will be in-person at a gallery and online viewing room with cultural programs featuring the American Days of Middle Eastern and the Americans Arts and Culture with Zoom lectures and live streaming of presentations by Middle Eastern, Cuban, Haitian, and Venezuelan musicians, poets, performers, scholars, filmmakers, and culinary arts to further enrich the events which makes this project accessible beyond physical space and the local community.
Participating Artists for Crossing Borders project
Tony Khawam immigrated to the U.S. in 1977. He is a graduate with BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and now lives and works in Miami. He is an artist and curator deeply rooted in his Middle Eastern heritage intertwined with the American culture. His work explores social and heritage structures that objectify marginalized communities and the bodies of vulnerable populations especially the immigrants, and examines the cross-cultural dynamic in our communities. Just as essential to his work is a social engagement practice through which he reframes objectifying societal structures by bringing contemporary arts and ideas into different multicultural communities through arts and cultural institutions.
Ilan Averbuch immigrated to the U.S. in 1978. He is a graduate with MFA from Hunter College and BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY, and now lives and works in New York City. His cultural heritage and experiences are well incorporated into his creative thinking through historical legends, ancient art from his birth place Israel and new life in America “The path to art, isolation and impatience as a creative force, how the landscape around you creates your artistic palette” Averbuch said. The process of his work is by doing a drawing of an idea, then building small or large sculptures by using old and new materials, such as stone, steel, concrete, wood, aluminum and proposes for commissioned monumental sculptures.
José Bedia was born in La Havana, Cuba and graduated with honors from the ISA , Instituto Superior de Arte de la Habana, Cuba. He was a pioneer of the radical transformation of Cuban Art that inaugurated the Exhibition Volume 1, which Bedia was integral part of it. His passion for the primal Amerindians complemented his anthropological studies on Afro-Transatlantic cultures, studying in depth the faith, believes and religion of the “La Regla Kongo” (in which he was initiated in 1983), the “ Regla de Ocha”, and the Leopard Society of Abakuas, among many others.
Linda Behar was born in Caracas, Venezuela and now lives and works in Florida, she was trained in the “Academia Taller Arte y Fuego” in Caracas between 1994 and 1998. She became a specialist in Glass Casting and Pate de Verre through studies and workshops in Italy and USA. She immigrated to the US in 2000, and earned a MFA degree with emphasis in printmaking from Florida Atlantic University, FL. Her work has centered in the representation of women’s bodies and gender identities throughout history, more specifically focused on body language as it relates to gender norms. Work Samples
Edouard Duval Carrié was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and now lives and works in Miami. He is a graduate with MFA from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, and BFA from Loyola College, Montréal. He is an artist-curator and an educator, who challenges the viewer to make meaning of dense iconography derived from Caribbean history, politics, and religion. His mixed media works and installations present migrations and transformations, often human and spiritual with emphasis on materials and through consistent attention to translucent and reflective mediums, such as glitter, glass, and resin. Work Samples
Ivonne Ferrer was born in Cuba, lives and works in Miami. He graduated from San Alejandro Academy, and René Portocarrero National Silk Screen Print Shop, Havana, Cuba. Atribuciones in Fidelio Ponce Gallery (1990) was her first solo exhibition, which led her to leave the Cuban art scene for the Spanish circuit where she participated in many Latin American Artists Exhibition in the US, Latin America, and Europe. Her work is in the permanent collections of several art museums in the US, Europe and Latin America as well as in in private collection throughout the Americas and Europe. Work Samples
Nizar Sabour received his PhD in art philosophy from Strugunov Academy in Moscow and now lives and works in Damascus and Moscow. The influence of Syrian-Russian cultures are reflected in his work which splits between two themes, the first has religious undertones, focusing on the artist’s fascination with historical imagery and icons whether Christian, Islamic or non-Abrahamic traditions and the second theme is very poetic. His images tend to appear archaic, utilizing traditional elements silkscreened with paint, sand, and ash on canvas, with a flattened perspective and spots of colored shapes. He employs motifs reminiscent of the European Dada movement rather than the precision of historical iconography. The Icons, Maaloula and Palmyra have a correlation to the historical and religious places in Syria where the extremists entered towns and ransacked the culture. Work Samples
SUPPORT THE ARTS PROJECT BY SPONSORING ONE OF THE EXHIBITIONS
This project has won the best visual art from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs “Individual Specific Cultural Project Award” (2021/22), and partially sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and Broward County Cultural Division, and individuals like you. We need your support to do three exhibitions in three cities. Here’s how you can help with three tiers of sponsorship, Corporate, Small Business and Individual Sponsorship:
Collector $500 – Logo or individual’s name on exhibit flyer, website, social media and PR release.
Muse $250 – Logo or individual’s name on exhibit flyer, website, and social media.
Canvas $150 – Name on social media (contact us for sponsorship).
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November 30 to December 5, 2021 – SCOPE Art Show Miami, FL.
Featured work by Ilan Averbuch, Kelly Fischer, Tony Khawam, Manhal Issa, Nizar Sabour, and Esterio Segura.
August 1-30, 2021 – Kendall Art Center Miami, FL.
Featured work by Ilan Averbuch, José Bedia, Linda Behar, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Tony Khawam, Ivonne Ferrer, Nizar Sabour, and Zahra Nazari.