Saya Irie’s work is inspired from everyday life and its ties to the distant past. Irie modifies objects by means of reduction, working with books, photographs, banknotes, and soaps, amongst others objects. Her practice is based on the idea that life continues to exist in an imperceptible sphere even after its external form disappears.
Residents from Japan
Ferguson Amo works across various mediums, including hyper realistic drawings, installations, and mixed media. Originally from Koforidua, Ghana, the artist explores contemporary African identity in the diaspora and examines the intricate details of history and experiences of cultural diffusion, and its assimilation, through representation. Through each work, Amo asks “how as an audience, can we move the image of black bodies and ‘blackness’ toward emancipation?”
Ferguson Amo has exhibited work at VisArts, Rockville; Kente Royal Gallery and The Immigrant Artist Biennial, both New York City, among others.
Residents from United States
Bundith Phunsombatlert’s recent projects trace the unseen paths of immigrants and their immigration stories through real and imagined landscapes. By merging contemporary technologies with traditional forms of media, the artworks offer a unique definition of new media art defined not simply by the use of technology, but by revealing a fresh new meaning of something old. His work seeks to explore ways that individuals connect with their personal backgrounds and cultural identities to reinvent traditional interpretations of history.
Bundith Phunsombatlert has exhibited work at Auckland Triennial Institution; New Zealand; Guangzhou Triennial, China; and Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Australia, among others. Currently, his projects are on exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, and Stone Avenue Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, all in New York.