July 25, 2018

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dialogues on Transnational Curatorial Practice presents five brief dialogues between former NLE Lab Curators and CEC ArtLink’s Arts Leadership Fellows on socially-engaged artistic and curatorial practices.

Wednesday, July 25, 6-8pm
The 8th Floor
17 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10001
Reception to follow
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•Data Chigholashvili, Georgia & Mary Kay Judy, USA
•Maria Ivanov, Moldova & Eva Mayhabal Davis, USA
•Eva Khachatryan, Armenia & Jordan Greenberg, USA
•Lera Lerner, Russia & Niama Safia Sandy, USA
•Lilia Voronkova, Russia & Sarah Fritchey, USA

Moderated by Kendal Henry, Director, Percent for Art Program at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Each international Arts Leadership Fellow will present a single project, in discussion with a NLE Lab Curator. The Fellows are practicing artists, curators and researchers who address pressing social issues in their countries, with a focus on socially-engaged art projects, social science and the urban environment, collaborative, site- and community-responsive methodologies. NLE Lab Curators participated in the No Longer Empty Curatorial Labprogram, a socially conscious platform for experimentation in curating, and a professional development program for emerging curators interested in direct experience curating in an expanded field.

The Arts Leadership Fellows are in New York as part of a visit organized by CEC ArtsLink with the support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding. This event is hosted by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation at The 8th Floor.

Arts Leadership Fellows:

Data Chigholashvili (Curator of International Programs, The State Silk Museum/Project Coordinator, GeoAIR, Tbilisi, Georgia) works between social anthropology and contemporary art, exploring connections between them through theoretical research and socially engaged art projects. He is mainly interested in topics concerning visual and urban anthropology, ethnography, socially engaged art practices, public space, migration, foodways, and memory – some of which are usually interconnected in his collaborative work.  Chigholashvili’s works are strongly related to the specificity of their contexts. Through direct commentary, or subtle forms, he aims to present and question issues of the surroundings, while exploring connections between various disciplines and ways of expression in order to challenge conventional definitions and forms.  He has worked at GeoAIR since 2012 and in January 2018 also began working as a Curator of International Programs at the State Silk Museum.

Maria Ivanov (Project Assistant, Oberliht Young Artists Association, Chisinau, Moldova), studied at the Architectural School of Manchester University, which made her passionate about returning to Moldova and exchanging new experiences. She is involved in projects that explore the relationship between art, urban space, and society with several local organizations and is also interested in cultural and social entrepreneurship.  She is currently exploring this topic in the United Kingdom as an intern at Baby People UK through the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs program.

Eva Khachatryan (Independent Curator, Yerevan, Armenia) is an independent curator, Vice-President of AICA Armenia (International Association of Art Critics) and a member of CIMAM (International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern and Contemporary Art). She worked as a curator at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art (ACCEA) from 2003-2008 and served asco-director of the Department of Fine Arts at the ACCEA from 2006-8.  She currently runs the suburb.am platform. Khachatryan’s curatorial work focuses on womens issues and new media in contemporary art. Among the projects she has organized since 2005 are the Womens Dialogue Festival (ACCEA, Yerevan) and the international media festival Art in the Age of New Technologies (ACCEA, Yerevan) as well as the exhibitions Alternative Vision (Art Point Gallery, Vienna), All and Now(Suburb Cultural Center, Yerevan), and Memory and Identity in the framework of the Culturescapes Festival in Basel, Switzerland.  As co-organizer of the TranskaukazjaFestival initiated by The Other Space Foundation (Warsaw, Poland) from 2007-2012, she organized the City in Use public art project in Yerevan in 2011.

Lera Lerner (Artist, curator, and Founder of the Imaginary Museum of Displaced Faces, St. Petersburg, Russia) is an artist and curator, who focuses her practice on socially engaged art. She researches the processes and ethics of spontaneous communication in an urban environment using performance, installation, and artistic research. Lerner graduated from the Pro Arte Program for contemporary artists and recently completed the MA program in Curatorial Studies at the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University.  She participated in the Manifesta 10 International BiennialIV and V Moscow International Biennial of Young Art4th and 5th Art Prospect FestivalV International Baltic Biennial of Contemporary Art, VI Ural Industrial Biennial, and the 14th Contemporary Art in the Traditional Museum Festival, and was nominated for the  Innovation X prize.

Lilia Voronkova (Coordinator of Art-Social Science Projects, Centre for Independent Research (CISR), St. Petersburg, Russia) works at the intersection of social science, art and urbanism. She is a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and conducted a research project on interdisciplinary projects and public sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin in 2009-2010. Lilia is a curator and initiator of collaborative projects between social scientists and artists, curator of non-academic educational programs and study tours, and has served on the curatorial team of the international public art festival Art Prospect since 2014.  She also works as a consultant on urban development projects for government and business. Her current interests include: urban research and development, urban/public/street art, urban activism, non-academic education, socially engaged art and intercultural exchange.

No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab Curators Bios

Eva Mayhabal Davis (2015 NLE Lab: Intersecting Imaginaries, The Bronx) is a collaborator who works with artists and creatives in the production of exhibitions, texts, and events. Her focus as a curator and cultural liaison is on supporting multifaceted incubation spaces by increasing visibility and mediating conversations among artists, objects, and audiences. Davis is the Gallery & Studio Program Manager at Brooklyn’s Smack Mellon and a founding member of El Salón, a monthly meet up for cultural producers.

Sarah Fritchey (2017 NLE Lab: Inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial A Locus of Moving Points, Jamaica, Queens) is the Curator and Gallery Director at Artspace in New Haven, CT. Through her curatorial practice, she seeks to ignite conversations around the body, identity, representation, community-building and the need for greater equity in the arts. Fritchey has curated exhibitions at institutions including the NYPOP Gallery, NYC; the African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA; Queens College, NY; Hessel Museum at Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; and University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has written for Artscope Magazine, Big, Red & Shiny, and Artforum.com. Sarah will curate the 2018 Florida Biennial for Art and Culture Center/Hollywood.

Jordan Greenberg (2016 NLE Curatorial Lab: Remix Rememory, Jamaica, Queens) is passionate about using art to investigate borders in space, time, and identity. She has a B. in History and Arabic from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied contemporary art, reimagining suspension at military checkpoints. She has studied in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan, where she participated in exhibitions on architectural failures and colonized identities. Greenberg currently lives in Brooklyn and will be a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in New York City in Fall 2018.

Mary Kay Judy (2015 NLE Lab: Intersecting Imaginaries, The Bronx) is the Principal of Mary Kay Judy-Architectural & Cultural Heritage Conservation. Her international practice focuses on architectural conservation advisory and technical services for current and future monuments and heritage sites. She is forging the relationship between historic preservation and curatorial practice in contemporary arts in her ongoing project Reversible Monuments: Historic Environment as Contemporary Medium.

Niama Safia Sandy (2017 NLE Lab: Inaugural Southeast Queens Biennial A Locus of Moving Points, Jamaica, Queens) is a New York-based cultural anthropologist, independent curator, and essayist. Her work delves into the human story through the critical lenses of culture, healing, history, migration, music, race and ritual. Her creative practice focuses on the ways history, economics, migration and other social forces have shaped modern realities. She uses the visual, written and performative arts to tell familiar stories in innovative ways that lift us all to a higher state of ontological and spiritual wholeness. Sandy is an alumnae of Howard University and SOAS, University of London.

About the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation:

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need. sdrubin.org