Intricate Neighbors II

curated by Jamie Martinez

May 17 – June 17, 2018

Intricate Neighbors II
Curated by Jamie Martinez from the Border Project Space
May 17th– June 17th, 2018
Opening: Thursday May 17th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Galerie Protégé is pleased to announce Intricate Neighbors II, a group exhibition featuring artwork across mediums by Bianca Boragi, Bolo (Qinza Najm & Saks Afridi), Ara Cho, Monique Mantell, Sahana Ramakrishnan, Denise Treizman and Jamie Martinez. Intricate Neighbors I is also being shown at The Border project space in Brooklyn in conjunction to this show.

Our homes contain our most private possessions, memories, and personal belongings. This is where we relax, eat, sleep and cultivate our most intimate moments while feeling safe and protected from the outside world. What goes on inside our homes is a true snapshot of who we are and only people who share the space and occasionally the neighborhood, know what is really going on in there. The only true way to know someone is to live with them and to observe them in their natural habitat being themselves, a lot of times you think you know the person inside, but the reality is different.

The setting for this exhibition is a middle-class complex during the spring and it takes place between six neighbors/artists, five immigrants, and an American. The lively outdoor setting creates a welcoming environment in this charming suburb but not everything you see is as it is.

The six artists participating in this group show are willing to be transparent by opening their windows to the guests, so they can see for themselves what is happening inside their homes, souls and their creative worlds. Stop by this complex to look for yourself and to get to know these intricate neighbors, plus we need help watering the plants to keep the neighbor fresh and lively.

Intricate Neighbors II offers an eccentric look at domestic spaces, where mischievous scenes unfold with in voyeuristic intimacy. The gallery has been converted into a central green. This outdoor setting creates an environment where the artists open the windows of their creative world to the passerby, allowing visitors to look inside the private space of a person’s interior and some exterior sculptures.

Intricate Neighbors II is on view at Galerie Protégé 197 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011 from May 17 - June 17th, 2018. For additional information and inquiries, please contact info@galerieprotege.com or call 212-807-8726 with any questions.

Bianca Boragi (b.1985 in Paris, France) received her MFA from Yale School of Art, Sculpture department and her BFA from the National Superior School of Arts from Paris- Cergy. Her work has been screened recently at the New-York Amazigh Film Festival, Festival Mutocospio, Mexico and at independent cinemas such as Video Revival and Anthology Film Archive, NY. She has exhibited her work for group exhibitions at NURTUREart Gallery, Chashama Gallery, Field Projects Gallery, NY, internationally in France, India, Italy, Scotland and throughout the United States. She was recently awarded the recipient of the JUNCTURE Fellowship in Art and International Human Rights by the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for
International Human Right and was an artist resident at MASS MoCA’s Asset for artists residency program and priorly at the Centquatre, Paris, France, Pact Zullverein, Essen, Germany and Cal'Arts, Los Angeles, USA.

Ara Cho (b. 1991 in Seoul, Korea) was raised in Moscow and Chicago, she now lives and works in New York City. She graduated in 2015 with a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. She had solo exhibitions at Rotunda Gallery, New-York, Kweyeonjae Ceramic Museum, Yeongwol, South Korea. Her work has been exhibited at Castor Gallery, Space 776 Gallery, Asian Contemporary Art in Hong Kong, Zhou B Art Center and Sullivan Gallery.

Sahana Ramakrishnan (b. 1993 Mumbai, India) was raised in Singapore and received her BFA in painting at RISD. Her work has been exhibited in the Rubin Museum, the NARS Foundation, Field Projects, Gateway Project Spaces, Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts, A.I.R. Gallery and Front Art Space. She was recently an artist in residence at Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, New York. Sahana was the recipient of the SIP fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking workshop, the Feminist-in-Residence program at Gateway Project Spaces, the Yale/Norfolk Summer program, and the Florence Lief grant from RISD.

Bolo (Qinza Najm & Saks Afridi) Bolo: Bolo was conceived in 2014. Bolo (Qinza Najm & Saks Afridi) is a multi-disciplinary artist duo. With a process that is complementary in nature, the experience and dynamism between the two artists makes for work that aims to make the audience consider a different perspective. Fueled by its roots in Pakistan and its home in New York City, Bolo believes humanity’s need to connect is universal and knows no borders. Bolo (Qinza Najm & Saks Afridi) has collectively shown work at Queens Museum, Museum of Moving Images, Miami Art Basel, Art Dubai and many other prestigious spaces.

Denise Treizman is an artist born in Chile, currently based in New York City, who has an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. (NY, 2013) Her work has been exhibited in several cities of the world, including Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Shanghai (China) and the United States in San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, New Jersey, and New York. Treizman is a recipient of multiple awards including a fellowship at the Bronx’s Museum Artist-in-the-Marketplace Program (2015), a Robert Sterling Clark Foundation fellowship for a residency at Vermont Studio Center (2014), SVA’s Paula Rhodes award for excellence (2013) and a studio membership at the Elizabeth Foundation for the
Arts in NYC. (2015-present). She is currently nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant 2016. Treizman has had solo exhibitions at Cuchifritos Gallery (NYC), Wave Hill’s Sunroom Project Space (Bronx, NYC), Soho20 +/- Project Space (Brooklyn, NY) and Proto Gallery (Hoboken, NJ) She
is represented by Alfa Gallery (Miami, FL) and Proto Gallery (Hoboken, NJ).

Monique Mantell was born and raised in New York, where she currently lives, works, and plays, aside from continuously traveling the world, equally passionate and inspired by both. Her life and work revolve around the themes of identity, vulnerability, self discovery, sexuality, defying social conditioning and norms, finding light in darkness, hidden beauty and magic, and strength above all. Monique is known as a bold brave free spirited independent woman. Her work manifests in different mediums depending on her journey. She’s most known for her illustrations, and she also loves expressing herself through writing, social media, personal aesthetic style, and travel documentary.

Jamie Martinez is a Colombian / American artist that immigrated to Florida at the age of twelve from South America. He attended The Miami International University of Art and Design then moved to New York to continue his fine art education at The Fashion Institute of Technology and The Students Art League in NYC. Jamie’s work has been featured in multiple outlets like a TV interview with NTN24 (Nuestra Tele Noticias, a major Spanish TV channel) Good Day New York (TV interview), Fox news (TV interview), The Observer, Whitewall Magazine, CNN, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and many more. Martinez has shown in numerous galleries in New York City including Petzel Gallery, Whitebox NY, The Gabarron Foundation, Flowers Gallery, Elga Wimmer PCC, Foley Gallery, Galerie Protégé and many more. He also participated in a group show curated by Vida Sabbaghi at the Queens Museum which was very well received by the museum and the press.