Exhibition Walk-through with Natessa Amin and Ali Banisadr
Saturday, October 5, 2019
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Please join CUE on Saturday, October 5th at 5:00pm for a public walk-through of Hyphen with artist Natessa Amin and curator Ali Banisadr. Amin creates a site-specific mixed-media installation that brings together painting, sculpture, and drawing to explore the artist’s experience of embodying a hybrid identity. Binding all of these materials together is a long undulating trail of hand-dyed newsprint that curves around the gallery’s walls, forming a textural structure within which individual objects become intertwined as part of a larger sculptural body.
Amin and Banisadr will be available for questions after the walk-through.
Natessa Amin (b. 1987, Easton, PA) is a visual artist based in Philadelphia. Amin earned her BFA in Painting from Boston University (2010) and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (2015). She is the co-director of FJORD Gallery in Philadelphia and a full-time faculty member at Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. Amin’s solo and two-person exhibitions include Dancing on the Water Tank at the Philip & Muriel Berman Museum of Art (2017); Past is a Place at the HUB Gallery at Moravian College (2016); We Can’t Say What We’ve Seen at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles (2018); and a scheduled exhibition (October 2019) at Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn. She has shown work in group exhibitions at Hangar H18 Gallery, Brussels; Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn; Distillery Gallery, Boston; Benaco Arte, Sirmione, Italy; and at the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Pilot Projects, and CFEVA in Philadelphia. Amin has been awarded residencies at the Fabric Workshop and Museum (2016), Wassaic Project (2017), Lacawac Sanctuary & Biological Field Station (2018), and the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts (2019).
Ali Banisadr’s (b. 1976, Tehran, Iran) work demonstrates a careful balancing act between chaos and composure, and abstract and figurative painting and drawing. His complex, expansive paintings are rich with figurative allusions rooted in autobiographical narratives, sonic recollection, invented stories, world history, collective memory and mythology. He obtained his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from New York Academy of Art. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Banisadr’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows at Het Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands, Gemäldegalerie at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and MOCA Jacksonville in Florida, along with group exhibitions at institutions such as the Prague Biennale, the Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Gent.