H Space and MICA’s Curatorial Practice Present frequent goodbyes

By East City Art Editorial Team on March 13, 2023

Sat, March 18 2023 — Thu, April 6 2023

Work by Samia Bzioui.
Reception: Saturday, March 18 from 5pm to 7pm

H Space and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Curatorial Practice MFA candidate Sandy Cheng present frequent goodbyes, an art exhibition shining a light on the third culture experience. Featured artists Samia Bzioui, Cecile Chong, Gabriel Amadi-Emina, Cecilia Kim, and Chintia Kirana work in a variety of media, including photography, collage, mixed-media painting, ceramics, and video. The show will be on view at H Space gallery from March 9 to April 6, with a public reception on Saturday, March 18, from 5:00–7:00 PM.

Third culture kids are individuals who have spent a significant part of their formative years living outside of their passport countries, often struggling to find their places in the world. These five artists—whose experiences span five continents and eight countries—invite viewers to celebrate the richness and diversity of our global community and consider new forms of cultural expression.

frequent goodbyes features artworks that highlight resilience, showcasing the diversity of cultural experiences and challenging the notion of a singular identity. The artworks on display offer a powerful testament to the human spirit, highlighting the strength and beauty that emerge from moments of transition. The curator and the five featured artists ask audiences to imagine belonging in a world where national boundaries are becoming more fluid, and to reflect on the many different ways we can connect with each other.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Samia Bzioui was born in Morocco and lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She is an interdisciplinary artist often works with materials that evoke the secular traditions and rituals of her cultural heritage. Through a diasporan narrative, she seeks to convey the richness and complexity of hybrid cultures, as well as the cultural shifts and adaptations that result from immigration. By weaving elements of her original home into her new cultural context, Bzioui aims to unravel the layers of multilayered identities and ultimately demonstrate the link between personal narratives and larger social structures. Bzioui received an MFA in Studio Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art.

Cecile Chong was born in Ecuador to Chinese parents and grew up in Quito and Macau; she currently lives and works in New York City. She is a multimedia artist working in painting, sculpture, installation, video, and public art, layering materials, identities, histories, and languages. Inspired by materials as signifiers, she is interested in how we acquire and share culture, and how world cultures now overlap and interact in ways that previously would have been inconceivable. With uncertainty looming in everything from our economies to our weather patterns, she is concerned with the fragility of our civilization despite the universality of its cultural underpinnings. Chong received an MFA from Parsons, an MA in education from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College.

Gabriel C.Amadi-Emina was born in Nigeria and lives and work in Baltimore, MD. He works in photography, video, and digital art. Using collage/montage theory and digital editing and painting techniques, Amadi-Emina tells stories that revolve around the duality of perspectives and experiences of being an individual raised in Africa (Nigeria specifically) as well as being a Black individual in America through portraiture. Amadi-Emina has a BFA in photography and graphic design and an MFA in photographic and electronic media from the Maryland institute College of Art.

Cecilia Kim is a South Korean video artist, living and working in DC. Kim is a 2021-23 Hamiltonian Artists Fellow and 2023 Wherewithal Grant recipient. Kim’s video work is shaped by conversational exchanges as she traverses spaces as a transnational woman, focusing on labor and language through intimate narratives. She was awarded the 19th Trawick Prize, and her work has been shown in solo and group shows including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington Biennial (Arlington, VA), The Immigrant Artist Biennial (NYC & Virtual), Kaplan Gallery (Rockville, MD), Hamiltonian Gallery (Washington DC), The Anderson Gallery (Richmond, VA), and 0 Gallery (Seoul, Korea). She has been a resident at Ox-Bow Artists’ School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Corsicana Artist and Writer Residency, and VisArts Bresler Residency. Kim received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Chintia Kirana was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, and lives and works between Montgomery, AL, and New York City. She is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes drawing, painting, installation, and video. Kirana immigrated to the United States with her family at twelve due to the political unrest targeting those of Chinese descent in Indonesia. Her work explores the theme of the passage of time, duality, and identity as it relates to memory and the temporality of life. Kirana’s time in Montgomery, Alabama, has expanded her practice to include socially engaged and community-based projects that were often collaborative and participatory. Kirana received her MFA from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL).

About the Curator

Sandy Cheng was born in Tainan, Taiwan and has lived in Shanghai, China; Conway, AR; and Baltimore, MD; she currently lives and works in Washington, DC. Cheng is an emerging curator interested in questions of accessibility in the arts. Her exposure to many cultures has led her to think deeply about the differences that exist between people, and she is fascinated by how artists manifest cultural influences in their work. Her curatorial practice is driven by a deep belief in the power of art to create connections and foster understanding. Sandy earned her BFA in Visual Arts and Design from the National University of Tainan. During her first year at MICA, she received the Bunting Award for Graduate Excellence, and expects her MFA in Curatorial Practice in 2023.

About MICA
MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) is home to top-ranked fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. The College’s alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty, and other established artists.

About Curatorial Practice
The first MFA of its kind in the country, MICA’s MFA in Curatorial Practice (CP) prepares students to expand the role of curators—engaging audiences more effectively by proposing alternative models of exhibition-making, institution-building, and social justice through art. CP offers a hands-on curriculum that balances collaboration and socially engaged practices with academic research in history and theory. By creating real-world collaborative and individual exhibitions, our students raise awareness, bridge societal gaps, and catalyze exchanges across various disciplines, both inside and outside the art world.

frequent goodbyes is made possible in part by support from Friends of Curatorial Practice, with special thanks to Hamiltonian Artists, Paul So, and MICA Graduate Studies.

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