Marius Mircea Ritiu
In his practice, Marius Mircea Ritiu aims to reflect on the importance and/or triviality of heritage, borders and nationalism. He encourages viewers to think about notions of global responsibility, consciousness, and citizenship. Ritiu examines how technology and information sharing enable the increased mobility of ideas, goods and people, and the impact this has on shifting physical borders. Ideas around the universe, the “Big Bang Theory”, black holes, wormholes, time travels, relativity, and the forces of nature are recurring themes in his work.
Marius Mircea Ritiu graduated with a BA and MA in Classical Sculpture from the Art and Design University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and obtained an MA from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium. He left Romania in 2010 together with his colleague and friend, Cristian Bors. Bors & Ritiu worked as an artist duo from 2010 until 2017. During these seven years, they explored ideas of traveling, movement, and migration, transforming their experience as Eastern European immigrants in a Western European country into a source of inspiration. Ritiu is currently represented by Slag Gallery, New York.
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Residents from Belgium
Jia-Jen Lin creates images of the human body and its surroundings as a reflection of our psyche. Drawing from personal experience and observations, Lin uses sculpture integrated with photography, video, and performance to portray the ongoing negotiation between our latent desires and the manipulated realities in which we find ourselves. Hybrid cultures, shifting identities, and the relationships between our physicality and psychology are subjects Lin has investigated since 2004. Her recent projects explore the processes of catastrophic losses and how moderations of memories allow us to adapt to change.
Jia-Jen Lin is a Taiwanese artist based in New York. Lin attended National Taiwan Normal University for a BFA in Western Painting and received her MFA in sculpture, installation, and multimedia from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Lin has participated in artist residencies at L’Estruch, Sabadell, Spain; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Nebraska; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. Exhibitions include Queens International 4, Queens Museum; Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, South Korea; Young Artist Discovery, Art Taipei; and Manufractura, Hangar Art, Barcelona. She has received grants from several United States organizations including Sculpture Space, Franconia Sculpture Park, and Brooklyn Arts Council.
Residents from United States
Gracia Khouw’s works explore language, both visual and auditory. She creates minimal geometrical arrangements in which our comprehension of letters and their symbolic meaning are disturbed. Khouw’s images float between purely geometrical designs and readable letters and symbols.
Gracia Khouw attended the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, and the Design Academy Eindhoven. Khouw has exhibited at art spaces internationally including at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and at the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, and her work is part of private collections around the world. She is represented by Galerie Hein Elferink.