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Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6–8pm
Members & press Preview: 4:30–6pm
On view October 10–December 18, 2019
International Print Center New York is pleased to announce its first two-person exhibition, Paper Borders, which brings into dialogue the works of Emma Nishimura (b. 1982, Toronto) and Tahir Carl Karmali (b. 1987, Nairobi), artists who share a commitment to unearthing historical and ongoing stories of migration, trans-generational memory, and xenophobia. Using the tactility of print and handmade paper, the two- and three-dimensional works and large-scale installations on view speak to cross-cultural and deeply embedded global struggles. Here, the precarity of paper becomes a metaphor for the precarity of place.
The accompanying publication features an essay by Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on Nishimura and Karmali’s work, emphasizing how “theirs are artistic interventions that involve poetry as much as politics, in which the evidence of struggles suffered, survived, and resisted are subject to almost alchemical transformations, incorporated into the very substance of the objects they create. The resulting works are as poignant as they are critical and as politically charged as they are ethically minded.”
Saturday, October 26, 11am–12pm: History as Matrix, Emma Nishimura and Tahir Carl Karmali in conversation with Regine Basha, Senior Program Associate, Civitella Ranieri Foundation. RSVP on Eventbrite.
Saturday, December 7, 1–4pm: Blended Stories, a drop-in Papermaking Workshop with Tahir Carl Karmali. Create handmade paper artworks with materials that tell your personal history. RSVP on Eventbrite.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Emma Nishimura (b. 1982, Toronto) is an artist based in Toronto with a focus on printmaking, drawing, sound, and installation. She is a former IPCNY New Prints artist (2018/Summer) and was awarded a mentorship opportunity through the New Prints Artist Development Program. Nishimura was also the 2018 recipient of the Queen Sonja Print Award (QSPA) and an Art in Print Prix de Print. As a QSPA awardee, she was in residence at Atelje Larsen in Helsingborg, Sweden in August 2019. Her work has been exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario; and the Nanjing Jinling Museum of Fine Art, China, among others. Nishimura is currently the Chair of Photography, Printmaking, and Publications at The Ontario College of Art and Design University.
Tahir Carl Karmali (b. 1987, Nairobi) is an artist based in Brooklyn since 2014. His work spans photography, installation, papermaking, sculpture, and sound. Karmali’s work was on exhibition at The Shed, New York in August 2019, and will be a part of Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, July–November, 2020. His work has previously been exhibited at LKB Gallery, Hamburg and Copenhagen; Circle Art Agency, Nairobi; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Kunsthal Rotterdam; and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, among others. Karmali was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency (both 2019–20) and will be in residence at The Watermill Center (2020). He was previously an Artist-in-Residence at Triangle Arts Association, Pioneer Works, Trestle Gallery, the MacDowell Colony, and BRIC. He is an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture at Brooklyn College.
Paper Borders: Emma Nishimura and Tahir Carl Karmali is supported, in part, by Marnie S. Pillsbury and Carol and Morton Rapp. Support for all programs and exhibitions at IPCNY is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and by Foundations including: Areté Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Inc., Deborah Loeb Brice Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Jockey Hollow Foundation, PECO Foundation, the Thompson Family Foundation, Travelers Foundation, the New York Community Trust, and the Wege Foundation; along with major individual support.
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