Faculty & Alumni Partner with NY Immigration Coalition in Group Exhibition

February 13, 2018

 people I love who are far away


Several Faculty and Alumni are showcasing their work in a show titled, The People I Love Who Are Far Away, at E.TAY Gallery in downtown New York. The exhibit includes “artists who, in some way, have been touched by migration,” and whose works “embrace issues that intersect with immigration including human rights, international politics, absence, colonialism and identity.” For this show, artists also partnered with the New York Immigration Coalition; half of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the organization, which advocates on behalf of immigrants, refugees, and asylees in New York.


Professors Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu are included in this show. Recently, Tiravanija—who works in performance and installation art—was commissioned to create a site-specific piece at Singapore National Art Museum. The installation drew from materials and structures common to Asia, and featured a “bamboo maze” with a traditional tea house at its center. Professor Vu, whose work is also showcasing in The People I Love Who Are Far Away, works in printmaking and drawing, and was one of the founders of the LeRoy Neiman Gallery. In 2017, Vu and Tiravanija were featured in several exhibitions together at Mana Contemporary in New Jersey, The National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan, and the Vargas Museum in Manila, Philippines in 2017.


The People I Love Who Are Far Away also includes the work of alumni Nicole Maloof '15, Ioana Manolache '15, and Victoria Udondian '16.


Alumna Nicole Maloof is an interdisciplinary artist who works in drawing, painting, and video, and was born in Korea. Her work “challenges and explores the artifice of categorical boundaries, and by extension, their social repercussions.” She uses humor to address “the inescapable physical, social, and political limitations of our human existence.”


Trained as a Byzantine icon painter, alumna Ioana Manolache, continues to use oil painting to “examine the distinctive characteristics of symbolic figures and enable a more intimate interaction with a generic object.”


Udondian, who hails from Nigeria, put on a performance piece on the opening night, which examined “borders, immigration, and privilege by simulating and recontextualizing the frustrating experience of obtaining a visa at a customs office.” She often uses West African textiles in her work to investigate how “fundamental changes in fabric can affect one’s perception of his or her identity, and ultimately a nation’s psyche.”

The show is curated by Christina Papanicolaou and alumna Gina Malek '15. Malek is a painter, and recently had a solo exhibition at E.TAY Gallery titled, On What Remains.