Kickstarter Campaign Backers Party!
The Immigrant Artist Biennial
The Immigrant Artist Biennial Kickstarter Campaign Backers Party is a one night event, featuring a VIP Reception with the team and Chief Curator Founding Director, Katya Grokhovsky, a live performance and video sound installation by Lemon Guo and twelve small artworks by immigrant artists. The Immigrant Artist Biennial sets out to form a worldwide community through exhibition of ambitious visual multimedia projects, performances and series of public events, with an aim to facilitate a diverse and experimental discourse as well as build a globally connected and united community in the times of extreme anti-immigrant sentiment.
Launching across New York City in March 2020, The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB): HERE, TOGETHER! presents multi-disciplinary exhibitions and events highlighting the multiplicities of immigrant experiences and providing a platform for U.S.-based immigrant artists from around the world, across race and social class, to showcase their work.
Entry to this benefit event is in tiers, contingent upon Kickstarter donation amount:
Pledge $150 for VIP entry + Artwork 6-8 pm
Pledge $75 for VIP entry 6-8 pm
Pledge $40 for General entry 8-10 pm
Yingjia (Lemon) Guo is a composer, vocalist, and interdisciplinary artist based in New York. With a background in Chinese folk music and social psychology, Lemon holds an MFA in Sound Art from Columbia University. Incorporating traditional aesthetics and digital technology, her work sits in between experimental music, installations, immersive theater, and collective response to cultural and environmental issues, based on data and ethnomusicological research. Lemon has performed and exhibited in Asia, North America, and Europe, in institutions such as Rubin Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, Fridman Gallery, Ambient Church (New York, US), Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), New Interface for Musical Expression (Virginia, US), Resonance FM (London, England), International Computer Music Conference (Daegu, Korea), Chronus Arts Center (Shanghai, China), and Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen/Hong Kong, China).
TIAB Chief Curator and Founding Director
Katya Grokhovsky was born in Ukraine, raised in Australia and is based in NYC. She is an artist, independent curator, educator and a Founding Artistic Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB) and Feminist Urgent (FU). Grokhovsky holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts and a BA (Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including Kickstarter Creator in Residence, Pratt Fine Arts Department Artist in Residence, Wythe Hotel Residency, Art and Law Fellowship, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Studios Program, BRICworkspace Residency, Ox-BOW School of Art Residency, Wassaic Artist Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts Associate Artist in Residence, Studios at MASS MoCA, VOX Populi Curatorial Fellowship, NARS Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Watermill Center Residency and more. She has been awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship, ArtSlant 2017 Prize, Asylum Arts Grant, Chashama space to create grant, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and others. She has curated numerous exhibitions and events, including: Art in Odd Places 2018: “BODY”, “Soft Power” at Lesley Heller Gallery, “She’s a Maniac” at Kunstraum Gallery, “Call of the Wild” at Vox Populi and more. Her work has been exhibited extensively.
About The Immigrant Artist Biennial
The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB) is a multi-site project which presents work by U.S. based immigrant artists from around the world. Directed by Katya Grokhovsky, TIAB 2020 will focus on themes of otherness, separation, and community, and feature immigrant artists working across performance, installation, sound, sculpture, video, digital art, painting and drawing. The program will span 5+ venues including EFA Project Space (The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts), NARS Foundation Gallery (The New York Art Residency and Studios), Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, a program of Artists Alliance Inc., Greenwood Cemetery, C24 Gallery and more, including non-profit institutions, galleries, museums, and public sites.
Featured image credit: Lemon Guo, 19980 – Miasma, 2019, Video projection and photo by Mengtai Zhang