The Immigrant Artist Biennial (New York) Announces 48 Artists, 4 are Ukrainian, for its 2023 Edition

10 june, 2023

The Immigrant Artist Biennial has announced the artists participating in its second edition, The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2023: Contact Zone. The artist list includes Ukrainian artist Maria Kulikovska who left Ukraine at the start of the full-scale russian invasion in Ukraine in 2022 and New York-based Ukrainian artists Slinko, Kathie Halfin, and Maya Hayuk. Ukraine and the ongoing war has a strong presence in the biennial, Ukrainian artists are represented in three out of four group shows, a panel on Ukraine will take place at EFA Project Space, and curator and art historian Valeria Schiller, Artslooker’s former editor-in-chief, will contribute an essay to the biennial’s catalog. 

Kathie Halfin. Wide Open #2 English Morse Code, 2021. Cotton, metallic floss, flux, wooden rod. Courtesy of the artist and The Immigrant Artist Biennial.
The 48 artists who comprise the biennial hail from 35+ countries and use storytelling, embodied memory, and projections of diasporic futures to navigate conflict and straddle multiple political terrains through group exhibitions, solo presentations, and public programs at EFA Project Space, NARS Foundation, Accent Sisters, Alchemy Gallery, at Artists Alliance, Wendy's Subway, and Brooklyn Museum—all venues in New York and New Jersey. Expanding on the first 2020 biennial’s concepts. the curators Bianca Abdi-Boragi, Anna Mikaela Ekstrand, and Katherine Adams describe that their aim with the biennial is “to voice immigrant experiences to build solidarity.”

Having emigrated from Odesa in the ‘90s, TIAB’s founder and artistic director Katya Grokhovsky has a personal interest to build informative dialog and support surrounding Ukrainian art, fighting Russia’s invasion, and more complicatedly, the future. She is an active advocate and frequent speaker for Ukraine in New York. As a critic, Ekstrand has written about the Ukrainian Pavilion at the Venice Bienniale, interviewed The Anti-War Coalition for Cultbytes and Artspiel, and interviewed Julia Beliaeva for Artslooker, among others. About the biennial’s engagement with Ukraine she says, “it was necessary to respond to the time by extending the biennial’s conceptual framework to include artists operating beyond the borders of the U.S., especially Ukrainian artists—the ongoing war prompted us to question what it means to live in exile and its effects on art making.”  

The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2023: Contact Zone artist list

Emilio Rojas
Erika DeFreitas
Pritika Chowdhry
Maria Kulikovska
Rafael Yaluff
Golnar Adili
Keli Safia Maksud
Mila Panic
Jovencio de la Paz
Marcelo Brodsky
Nida Sinnokrot
Young Joo Lee
Kathie Halfin
Carlos Franco
Masha Vlasova
Umber Majeed
Keren Anavy
Sanié Bokharie
Sa’dia Rehman
Magdalena Dukiewicz
Jonathan Ojekunle 
Bonam Kim
Mia Enell 
Coralina Rodriguez-Meyer
Ala Dehghan 
Felipe Baeza 
Leila Seyedzadeh
Francesco Simeti
Nicholas Oh & Ayoung Justine Yu
Jamie Martinez
Raul de Lara 
Joiri Minaya
Selva Aparicio 
Lilian Shtereva
Nyugen Smith 
Anina Major
Tariku Shiferaw
Dominique Duroseau
Anna Ting Möller 
Linnéa Gad
Alexander Si 
Maya Hayuk
Juna Skënderi
Ana Armengod
Neema Githere  
and Christopher Unpezverde Núñez.

The Immigrant Artist Biennial 2023: Contact Zone will take place in New York and New Jersey from September to December 2023. Follow updates on TIAB’s Instagram.