Jamie Ho, Paola Martínez Fiterre
Unspoken Rituals is a two-person exhibition featuring Paola Martinez Fiterre’s and Jamie Ho’s artworks in conversation with one another’s visual language. Through photographs, Paola and Jamie navigate their relationships with their intersectional identities as women, queer, and immigrants. Utilizing their bodies as primary objects in their work employs the body as a medium to challenge, embrace, and maneuver their inherited cultural, sexual, and geographical conditions. The way in which the artists transform their traumas and challenges into a driving force for their creativity argues identity as an ever-changing concept; an opportunity to define who they are on their own terms.
About the Artists
Jamie Ho is an interdisciplinary artist from Fort Myers, FL who is currently based in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her art practice engages with photography, new media, and installation to investigate the long-term impact of assimilation and cultural bereavement through references of ancestral Chinese traditions and artifacts. Her work uses new media and drag to trouble the history of display and public spectacle of Chinese femme bodies viewed by Euro-Americans. She received her MFA in photography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her BFA from the University of New Mexico. Recently, Jamie had a solo exhibition magic mirrors at Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, along many other solo and groups shows nationally. She was featured in the 2022 and 2021 Benefit Art Auction at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and was a resident at LocalHost Residency and ACRE Residency in 2022. Jamie’s work was featured in publications including Fraction Magazine, The Photographer’s Greenbook, and Float Magazine.
Paola Martínez Fiterre is a Cuban artist based in New York City. Fiterre studied at the University of Arts (ISA) in Havana until 2017. In 2019, she graduated from the International Center of Photography, having been awarded both the ICP Director’s Scholarship and the ICP New Media Grant. Her practice focuses on the representation of the female subject crossed by the experience of migration. Fiterre uses photography as a cyborg perception tool to relate and inhabit different spaces: the domestic, the social, and the biological one, in order to show, and sometimes subvert, its ideological gender significance. In the last two years, Paola Fiterre’s work has been awarded The Reed Foundation Fellowship for Cuban Artists to attend the two-week residency at The Vermont Studio Center, En Foco Photography Fellowship in 2022; and the ICP x Tory Burch Artists Fellowship in 2021. She has participated in multiple group shows in Havana and New York, San Francisco, Bordeaux, Geneva, and Mexico City. In 2019 she was invited to participate in a three-artists exhibition Pen and Brush Gallery (New York City), in dialogue with the American artist Renee Cox. Currently, Martínez Fiterre is exploring expanded photographic practices through the study of light, analogic photography, fiction, performance, and painting. Her works are in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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About the Curators
Xiomara Malpica-Martinez is a Dominican-American Bronx-based painter and photographer who graduated in 2019 with a BFA in Fine Arts. Through their artistic and professional work, they aim to curate secure spaces that highlight under sourced artists.