2018 Exhibitions

In 2018, exhibits at Open Source will encourage conversation about and engagement with diverse global perspectives through art. Through solo exhibitions, artists will involve our community in global-scale issues and explore the impacts of these problems locally and internationally. Through solo and curated group exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, we will explore themes concerning human rights, community and culture.

Exhibitions will include:
In Practice: KoKo NYC Teaching Artists Exhbition
Pirmin Hagen and Christine Katscher: hand luggage (Austria)
Tomás Rivas (Chile)
Matthew Jensen (USA, curated by Ian Cofre)
Xyza Bacani (Philippines)
Betty Yu (USA)
Khaled Jarrar (Palestine)
Immy Mali (Uganda)

Xyza Bacani, Untitled, 2014, Black and white photograph, Hong Kong

Pirmin Hagen and Christine Katscher: hand luggage

March 16-April 21, 2018
Opening Reception: March 16, 7-9pm

Open Source Gallery presents hand luggage, a collaborative project by Pirmin Hagen and Christine Katscher.

Pirmin Hagen and Christine Katscher are interested in the necessity of communication in collaboration and the misunderstandings that come with this that can help shape the process and outcomes. Art is often a difficult thing to communicate in words, which can make cooperation difficult. Hagen and Katscher usually work individually and though they have collaborated to create Druckwerk, an open access printing workshop and exhibition space in Austria, the duo has not yet collaborated on an exhibition of their own, personal work. The artists describe artistic collaboration as a sort of foreign language problem: while ideas can be communicated across languages, nuances and context are often lost. Looking forward to the experimentation and unexpected results that collaboration can bring, the artists will create hand luggage at Open Source.

For hand luggage, Hagen and Katscher will not bring finished artwork to New York, but will instead create instructions for how to set up the exhibition. The artists will create plans and maps to create instructions for assembling hand luggage at Open Source. In preparation for the exhibition, the duo will follow the instructions they’ve created to set up test installations at Hagen’s studio in Austria using materials sourced from Druckwerk and local stores. Hagen and Katscher are interested in how the concept will transform when it is created at Open Source: What different materials do local shops in Brooklyn have that will change the project? How will the new space and atmosphere affect the project? How will audience–and artist–reactions change?

Embracing unpredictability and experimentation, Hagen and Katscher aim to create a project that evolves over time into something that neither artist could do–or even imagine–alone.

Pirmin Hagen studied landscape architecture at the University for Applied Life Sciences in Vienna and fine art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the Marmara University in Istanbul. His work, which is based on drawing, printmaking and the observation of things and processes, has been exhibited in various places, including Kunstforum Montafon (Schruns, A) Galerie allerArt (Bludenz, A) Patriot Hall (Edinburgh, GB) Hagen is the co-founder of the open access printmaking studio, Druckwerk in Lustenau, A.

Christine Katscher has studied at the academy of fine arts in Vienna and in Nantes, France. After her graduation she has worked for one year at Edinburgh Printmakers and is now based in Dornbirn, Austria. Since her return to Austria she has set up the open access printmaking studio Druckwerk in Lustenau. Her work has been show at Bilbao Arte (Bilbao, SP), Künstlerhaus München (Munich, G), Künstlerhaus Bregenz (Bregenz, A), Whitespace Gallery (Edinburgh, GB) and many other places. Christine is a co-founder of Franz the lonely Astronaut, a magazine for narrative drawing. Katscher is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Druckwerk.

Tomás Rivas

April-May 2018

Tomás Rivas and Ignacio Rivas, Geometric Flood, 2015, site-specific installation at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, MI

Tomás Rivas earned a BFA and a post-baccalaureate degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and an MFA in sculpture from the University of Notre Dame. In 2012 Rivas had a Visiting Assistant Professor appointment at the University of Notre Dame. Currently he teaches at Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago. In 2009 he funded Taller Bloc, and artist run space, in Santiago with four other Chilean artists. Since 2007 he had twenty solo exhibitions in Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile; New York City, Washington D.C. and San Diego CA in the United States. His work has appeared in numerous group exhibits, including DieEcke Arte Contemporáneo (Chile), SiTE:LAB at ArtPrize (USA), Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton (France), Margaret Lawrence Gallery (Australia) and the Museo de Artes Visuales (Chile) among others.

Matthew Jensen

June-July 2018

Matthew Jensen’s work explores the way in which people experience and interact with the landscape. Each of his projects involves walking, extended observation, and site-specific exploration, particularly of public spaces. Taking into account the impact of technology on our understanding of space, Jensen engages with both physical and virtual landscapes. His work often combines photography, installation and participatory action. Jensen’s exhibition at Open Source will be curated by Ian Cofre.

Born in 1980 in Connecticut, Matthew Jensen lives and works in New York. He received a BFA in political science and fine arts from Rice University, and a MFA in photography from the University of Connecticut. He is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2016 grant recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and he completed a MacDowell Fellowship in 2011. Jensen’s work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., among others. He is a part-time Assistant Professor of photography and studio art at Parsons/The New School, where he has taught since 2012. He has also held teaching positions at SUNY Purchase, George Washington University and the University of Connecticut.

Ian Cofre is an independent curator and writer based in New York City, working primarily with emerging and established artists, locally based and from Latin America. He earned his BA at Columbia University, and has previously worked as a Director for a LES gallery and as a Studio Manager for a high-profile contemporary artist. Currently he is the US Director for PINTA NY. Recent projects include co-curating the exhibitions Bigger Than Shadows, DODGEgallery (New York, 2012) with Rich Blint; and both Tracing the Unseen Border, La MaMa La Galleria (New York, 2011) and Southern Exposure at Dumbo Arts Center (Brooklyn, 2009) with Omar Lopez-Chahoud. Other shows include Behind Closed Doors (2011), a curated solo project by Manuela Viera-Gallo at Y Gallery and The Doubtful Guest (2010) at Kill Devil Hill in Greenpoint, NY. Recent publications include Arte al Día and co-writing an essay with Lopez-Chahoud for the Bronx Museum’s Taking AIM!The Business of Being an Artist Today (2011) edited by Marysol Nieves. Profiles and reviews of exhibitions he has curated have appeared in The Art Newspaper, Arte al Día, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

Xyza Bacani

August 2018

Xyza Bacani, Untitled, 2014, Black and white photograph, Hong Kong

Xyza Bacani studied nursing in the Philippines before she left to work in Hong Kong as a domestic worker  to raise funds for her siblings’ education. In Hong Kong, she worked alongside her mother, who had left the Philippines decades earlier to make money to support Bacani and her siblings. She became interested in photography as a way of recording her fellow workers’ lives and the abuses they were subjected to. At Open Source, Bacani will present a multimedia project that will explore the lives of those who leave their countries and families to find work, as well as the lives of the children they leave behind. This project will incorporate personal narratives of the lives of Bacani and her mother through video, audio and photography.

Xyza Bacani is a Filipina street and documentary photograper. In 2015, Bacani received a Magnum Foundation Human Rights scholarship to New York University Tisch School of the Arts’ six-week photography course. Bacani has been recognized for her work as one of the BBC’s 100 Women of the World (2015), Women Who Wow Philippines (2016). She has received awards such as the Standard Young Visionary of the Year for Photojournalism (2015) and the Justice Centre Human Rights Award (2014). Her work has been exhibited at Para Site Gallery (Hong Kong), Ayala Triangle Gardens (Philippines) and Kong Art Space (Hong Kong) among others. Bacani will present a solo exhibit at Open Source.

Betty Yu

September 2018

Betty Yu, The Garment Worker, 2014, interactive media installation, Tribeca Interactive Showcase

Betty Yu will present (Dis)Place, an interactive multimedia exhibit that will explore the impact of displacement and gentrification through individual stories and methods of resistance. This project will include an exhibit at the gallery, as well as an augmented reality component that will guide viewers during walking tours and self-guided tours through Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Latino and Chinese immigrants living in the nearby neighborhood of Sunset Park will share their stories of immigration, their journey to the neighborhood and their views on gentrification.

Betty Yu is a Chinese-American interdisciplinary artist and activist whose work is shaped and influenced by her direct experience as a daughter raised by garment worker parents. Yu approaches social issues through her own personal story, family narrative and her community’s history.Yu received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. She has participated in residencies at the Laundromat Project and Saltonstall Foundation. Yu is a co-founder of the Chinatown Art Brigade (CAB), a cultural collective working with CAAAV Organzing Communities to tell the stories of Chinatown tenants fighting displacement. In 2016, CAB was a Blade of Grass Fellow. Yu’s work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, International Center for Photography and the Museum of Modern Art.

Khaled Jarrar

October 2018

Football Shoes, 2013, reconstituted concrete from the Apartheid Wall, 27 x 10 x 15 cm, edition of 7 (photo by Ayyam Gallery)

Khaled Jarrar received his BFA from the International Academy of Art in Ramallah, Palestine. He has presented solo exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery (UAE), Art Bartschi & Cie (Switzerland), Galerie Polaris (France) and Gallery One (Palestine) among others. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Hinterland Galerie (Austria), Low Gallery (USA), Palais De La Culture (Algeria) Maraya Art Centre (UAE), Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna (Italy) and many more. Jarrar’s films have received awards at the Chicago International Film Festival (USA), Al Ard Documentary Film Festival (Italy), Malmo Arab Film Festival (Sweden) and the 9th Dubai International Film Festival (UAE).

Immy Mali

November 2018

Immy Mali, Daddy Can I Play?!, 2013, mixed media installation (photos by Alex Lyons and Moses Serubiri)

Immy Mali’s work revolves around personal narratives of living in Uganda. She creates precarious installations in an attempt to digest the pain of childhood incidents and offer perspective on human resilience, representing pain as an emotion that can be touched. Mali will present Letters To My Childhood/Letters From My Childhood. This project will create a conversation between Mali and her childhood self that will investigate through text, drawing and video, the childhood moments that have inspired her past work.

Immy Mali is a multimedia artist living and working in Kampala, Uganda. Mali received her BFA in Industrial and Fine Arts from the Makerere University. Mali has participated in residencies at 32° East Ugandan Arts Trust and Seven Hills Residency at the Kampala Biennial. In 2014, Mali taught in Denmark with the Center for Culture and Development Images Youth Programme. Mali’s work has been featured at the Kampala Contemporary Arts Festival, Kabbo Ka Muwala, Lettera27, KHOJ International Artist’s Workshop in Pune Maharashtra India and the ÀSÌKÒ CCA Lagos International Art Programme.

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In Practice: KoKo NYC Teaching Artist Exhibition

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2018 Exhibitions
Pirmin Hagen and Christine Katscher: hand luggage
Tomás Rivas
Matthew Jensen
Xyza Bacani
Betty Yu
Khaled Jarrar
Immy Mali


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