PAPER BORDERS
eMMA nishimura and Tahir Carl KarmalI

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6–8 PM
Members & press Preview: 4:30–6 PM

On view October 10–December 18, 2019
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Emma Nishimura .  Mary and Kay, Vernon 1945  from  An Archive of Rememory , 2016–ongoing. One from a series of 350 photoetching and photogravures on handmade flax and abaca paper. Each  furoshiki  approx. 3 × 3 × 2 ½ inches. Installation dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. © 2019 the artist.

Emma Nishimura. Mary and Kay, Vernon 1945 from An Archive of Rememory, 2016–ongoing. One from a series of 350 photoetching and photogravures on handmade flax and abaca paper. Each furoshiki approx.
3 × 3 × 2 ½ inches. Installation dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. © 2019 the artist.

Tahir Carl Karmali .  PAPER:landscape , 2017. Handmade paper pulped from visa application documents, with transfer prints, xerox collage, aluminum mesh, and rust transfer. Installation dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. © 2019 the artist.

Tahir Carl Karmali. PAPER:landscape, 2017. Handmade paper pulped from visa application documents, with transfer prints, xerox collage, aluminum mesh, and rust transfer. Installation dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. © 2019 the artist.

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 materiality of print and handmade paper, the two- and three-dimensional works in this exhibition speak to cross-cultural and deeply embedded global struggles. Here, the precarity of paper becomes a metaphor for the precarity of place.

PUBLICATION

The accompanying publication will feature an essay on the dialogue between the works of both artists by Kelly Baum, Cynthia Hazem Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with artist biographies, a reading list, color illustrations, and studio photographs.


PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Print Week (October 20–27), Date and Time TBA: History as Matrix, a conversation with Emma Nishimura and Tahir Carl Karmali moderated by Regine Basha, Senior Program Associate, Civitella Ranieri Foundation.

Saturday, December 7, 1–4 PM: Drop-In Papermaking Workshop with Tahir Carl Karmali.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Emma Nishimura (b. 1982, Toronto) is a multidisciplinary 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 the 30th Art in Print Prix de Print. As a QSPA awardee, she will be artist-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 a multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn since 2014. His work spans photography, installation, papermaking, printmaking, sculpture, and sound. Karmali’s work is currently on exhibition at The Shed, New York through August 25, 2019, and will be part of the exhibition Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, opening in summer 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 has been an artist-in-residence at Triangle Arts Association, Pioneer Works, Trestle Gallery, the MacDowell Colony, and BRIC. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Sculpture at Brooklyn College.

credits

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, the New York Community Trust, and the Wege Foundation; along with major individual support.


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