PAST EXHIBITIONS (below the images of the shows are the press releases)
ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS | August 2 - August 25, 2019
MINERAL STEAM | June 21 - July 21. 2019
LIVING BETWEEN ROOM | May 10 – June 7, 2019
SPECTER IN THE THRESHOLD | April 19 – May 5, 2019
VERGE | February 15 - March 24, 2019
COLOR MATTERS 2 | December 22 - January 22, 2019
PEREGRINATION | November 2 - December 2, 2018
LIMINALITY | September 7 - October 14, 2018
BORDER WALLS | August 10 - August 26th, 2018
DATA SPELL | July 6 - July 29th, 2018
INTRICATE NEIGHBORS | May 4th– May 27th, 2018
THE BORDER | March 2 – March 26, 2018


The Border Project Space

56 Bogart Street, New York, 11206





The Border Project Space is pleased to present On the Shoulders of Giants, an international, mixed-media group exhibition featuring Mauricio Cortes, Óscar Moisés Díaz, Adriana Furlong, and Alva Mooses. On the Shoulders of Giants is curated by Jamie Martinez and Raul Zamudio. The show runs from August 2 to August 25th with an opening reception on August 2 from 7-9 pm.    


The exhibition’s title is borrowed from a well-known metaphor first popularized by Isaac Newton, but an earlier reference comes from the twelfth-century Neo-Platonic philosopher Bernard of Chartres. Bernard is attributed with the phrase “that we are…perched on the shoulders of giants, and thus we are able to see more and farther….And this is…because we are carried aloft and elevated by the giants.”:


On the Shoulders of Giants highlights how the exhibiting artists are inspired by their histories and artists that preceded them, as if they were “perched on the shoulders of giants and able to see more and farther….” The artists also address a contemporary America situated where the past cannot be easily resolved and the future remains uncertain in sustaining the American ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all within its current, contested socio-political climate. The artworks address this via a myriad of issues of a topical, historical, and even personal nature. Yet even with the latter category, the political is also poetically and subtly embedded.  


Adriana Furlong incorporates genealogical elements in a modus operandi entailing a process of image transference onto canvas, which is then intervened with pigments creating a host of formal dichotomies including found/created materials, figuration/abstraction, and family photographs with that of strangers. Also working with the familial albeit it within conceptual architectural registers, is Alva Mooses’ se entra bailando / you enter dancing (2019), looks to the site of the Paricutín volcano in Michoacán, Mexico and consists of cement cast forms based on corn forms, candles, and other objects. Mauricio Cortes’ “43” is composed of 43 stacked plaster slabs. The process to generate the image on the slab is a mono-printing technique that uses an etched copper plate, inked with additional painterly marks and then submerged in wet plaster within a shallow frame. This project was made in reaction to the mass kidnapping of 43 students in Iguala Mexico in 2014. Rounding out the exhibition is a video performance by Óscar Moisés Díaz titled Mal de Amores (Mercedes) (2015). The performance, which was originally done in The Queens Museum includes an eponymous Salvadoran ritual that incorporates soil, a calling card and audio recording of the call between the artist and his sister. The catharsis of their communication cannot be understated; for the artist has not seen his sister who lives in El Salvador in 17 years due to the Civil War and the refugee crisis created from that as well as other factors; a life and death Salvadoran migrant dilemma currently unfolding at the US/Mexico border and used as ideological fodder for right-wing and xenophobic politics.


Alva Mooses (b. Chicago) is a Mexican-American artist based in New York. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union and her MFA from Yale University. Recent exhibitions include: Buen Vivir/Vivir Bien at the Mexic-Arte Museum (Austin, Texas), Retrato de un Paisaje at Museo Sívori (Buenos Aires, Argentina), A Day’s Dust at Studio17 (Stavanger, Norway), and Internalized Borders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (NYC), Grupo <11> Instituto Cervantes (NYC), Portrait of a Landscape at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center (NYC), Local Metrics at the Logan Center for the Arts (Chicago), among others. She has completed residencies at The University of Chicago, Columbia College, Tou Trykk in Stavanger, Norway, MAG in Saltillo, Mexico, the Davidoff Art Initiative in the Dominican Republic, and Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico. Alva is a recipient of a Yale University Schoelkopf Traveling Fellowship, the Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant and UChicago Arts Grant and a 2019 Socrates Sculpture Park Fellowship.


Mauricio Cortes Ortega is a Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist based in New York. His work explores Latin American colonial history through painting and sculpture. He is interested in precious objects like textiles and crowns with complex trajectories as they relate to power and splendor. He holds degrees from The Cooper Union (B.F.A) and the Yale School of Art (M.F.A). Mauricio has held numerous fellowships and residencies; he was a fellow of the 39th cycle of the Artist in the Marketplace program (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, in 2018 he was an artist resident at Museo Arte Grafica in Saltillo Mexico, and the Smelser Vallion Visiting Artist at the Doel Reed Art Center in New Mexico. He was a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Community Grant in 2017, the Schell Center for International Human Rights Travel fellowship (Yale Law School) in 2015 and the Jóvenes Creadores Fellowship (Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts) in 2014. During his time at The Cooper Union, he was awarded the Menschel Travel Fellowship Award and the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Painting Fellowship (Norfolk Yale School of Art).

Óscar Díaz (b. 1993, El Salvador) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and writer based in New York City. Recent exhibitions include Under a Dismal Boston Skyline at Boston University,

Re: Construcción at Western Regional Museum, El Salvador, Sonora for the X Biennial of Central America, a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Costa Rica, PERFORMEANDO at the Queens Museum, The Intangible to Tangible at Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zürich, Switzerland and Espacio Intermedial for The International Film of San Salvador. They’ve been a recipient of grants and art residencies from the Y.ES Foundation, BRIC, and The Arc.


Adriana Furlong (b. 1998, New York City) is a citizen of Ireland and the U.S. now based in Brooklyn, NY. Her multimedia pieces on immigration have been featured in both Musée Magazine and Teeth Magazine. She has work in a private collection in Shanghai, will be shown in a gallery there in 2020, and has received a painting residency at the Bullough Foundation in Virginia. She is a student in the Fine Arts Program at the Parsons School of Design.

The Border Project Space

56 Bogart Street, New York, 11206


Mineral Steam

June 21 – July 21, 2019

 Opening: Friday, June 21st, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM





The Border Project Space is pleased to present Mineral Steam, a duo exhibition with works by artists Esperanza Cortés and Michael Pribich, curated by Jamie Martinez, from June 21 to July 21, 2019. The opening reception will be on June 21 from 6 – 8:30 pm. 


The multidisciplinary artists and couple utilize decorative and utilitarian materials as a means to evocatively scrutinize the conditions and history of labor—focusing on the ramifications and issues of identity, race and class.  With such themes in common, the kinship between the artists captures the zeitgeist of the social climate in regards to evaluating and critiquing the past and its influence on the present.


Esperanza Cortés poetically and intricately creates works that encourage viewers to reconsider historical narratives, cemented by society, by raising questions about the politics of erasure, concealment, oppression and exploitation under the realm of Colonialism. Using music and fragments of history as departure points, Cortés’s process allows for her intuitions and insights to lead towards an investigation of a myriad of contemplations which then resolve and come into fruition as physical sculptures. Her varied, technical methods in conjunction with reworked found objects impregnated with cultural symbols, evidence her ability to prolifically produce pieces that act as an intimate repository for individual and collective memories.


Michael Pribich ponders the multiple strategies that individuals use in order to suspend adversity with the hopes of gaining agency and success. His process-oriented approach conceptually links labor and alternative perspectives driven by notions of displacement, colonialism and patriarchy. For many years Michael Pribich has utilized the symbolic content of cooking pots, salt, human hair, and medicine balls to refer to the eternal need for labor.


Esperanza Cortés is a Colombian born multidisciplinary artist based in New York City. Cortés has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums including The Neuberger Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of Art, Queens Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, MoMA PS1, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Mexi-Arte Museum and The Cleveland Art Museum. Internationally, Cortes has also exhibited in Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Japan, Mexico, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Spain and Greece.

Cortés is a recipient of fellowships and grants including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship: BRIC Media Arts Fellowship: Museum of Arts and Design, Artist Studios Residency: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant: Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant: and Puffin Foundation Grant. Cortés’s work is in private and public collections including the American Embassy in Monterey, Mexico.

Michael Pribich was born and raised in Northern California.   He lives in New York City with his wife Esperanza Cortes.   He has an MFA degree from Hunter College, NYC and a Bachelors degree from California State University Sacramento. His work uses labor to address themes of displacement and migration in both rural and urban settings.  He explores the idea that labor can be viewed as cultural production, resulting in an expanded social space.   

He has completed public art projects with the Public Works departments in Sacramento and Woodland, California.  Recent projects and exhibitions include Rishikesh, India in 2019, Tajikistan, Guadalajara, Hong Kong, Project Row HousesHouston, Cuchifritos Gallery, NY,  Webb School, Knoxville, Tn. Group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Mocad, Detroit, Orange County Cultural Center and Flux Art Fair, NY. He has been awarded a Pollock Krasner Grant, and received a Fulbright nomination to Macedonia. 

Specter in the Threshold

April 19 – May 5, 2019

 Opening: Friday, April 19th, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


The Border Project Space is pleased to present Specter in the Threshold, an exhibition curated by Jamie Martinez displaying works across media that illuminate haunting remnants. The Participating artists are Bianca Boragi, Elliott De Cesare, KS Brewer , Paul Maheke and Robert Balun.

Using the materiality of their medium, the works in Specter in the Threshold access alternate spaces, unresolved histories, diasporas, and the apparition of bodies that inhabit them.  Across sound, painting, drawing, and installation, these artists manifest haunting as a means of reconciling the individual, the collective, and their shared spaces and histories.

While these works have been derived from an array of inspirations–mystic encounters with psychics, dreams, domestic interiors, the ruins of capital, or processed possessed psyches–they all orbit and seek to access that which is missing and gone, yet persists nonetheless, haunting the individual and the collective.

 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.

Elliott De Cesare (b. New York 1989) received his undergraduate education from both The New School and School of Visual Arts where he received his BFA. In addition To Elliott’s schooling he continues to the present date, psychoanalytic studies as members of both Aprés Coup and Das Unbehagen. From 2014-2016 Elliott worked as the assistant to leading American art critic, art historian, and writer, John Jonas Gruen. His work has been shown in The Katonah Museum of Art, The National Arts Club, Kurt Seligman Center, the prestigious windows of Bergdorf Goodman and various other galleries in New York and overseas. Elliott is presently the founder and Director of 5-50 Gallery in Long Island City, NY.

KS Brewer (b. 1992) combines time-based and multi-sensory forms with extensive research on psychological trauma and its personal and collective impacts. Her work attempts to bypass the barriers to communication that trauma creates by appealing directly to viewers’ senses and emotions.

Brewer holds a B.A. in Film & Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She will be a resident artist at ChaNorth this May, is currently a participant in Trestle’s Critical Feedback Program (2019), and formerly a recipient of Honor USA’s Audience Choice grant (2016), and a finalist for Peripheral Vision’s publication fellowship (2018). She has exhibited and performed at numerous venues including Chashama Gala (upcoming), Aggregate Space Gallery, Lucas Lucas Gallery, Plaxall Gallery, Superchief, and Flux Factory. Her work has been featured in publications including Forbes, Ravelin Magazine, Museé, Emergency Index Vol. 7, and Vice show Desus & Mero. She is the curator of the current exhibition STAG: The Illicit Origins of Pornographic Film at the Museum of Sex.

 Paul Maheke is an artist, born in France, and living and working in London. He completed his MFA at l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy in 2011 and a programme of study at Open School East, London in 2015 where he pursued a period of research and a series of public conversations entitled ‘Beyond Beyoncé: Use It Like a Bumper!’ Maheke was awarded the South London Gallery Graduate Residency 2015-16 and his exhibition ‘I Lost Track of the Swarm’ was exhibited in the first floor galleries in late spring 2016.

Paul’s art conceptualises the body as a container of history and meaning. “For queer people of colour there is this huge imbalance between those moments of erasure and absolute invisibility, and simultaneously there is an hyper-visibility and a demand for that, and how do you navigate that.” He’s seeking to rearticulate, destabilising dominant narratives. “There is something that has to, for me, go beyond the representational because the representational is also violent.” He is creating space for understanding identity beyond colonialist, hierarchical frameworks. To make room for discussion. “There is this idea of placing myself somewhere outside — believing in the position at the periphery of things, and the periphery can address the centre by staying at the periphery.”

Represented by Sultana Gallery, Maheke is doing his New York debut at the Abrons Art Center in Spring 2019.  Recent projects include: ‘Ten Days Six Nights’, cur. Catherine Wood and Andrea Lissoni, Tate Modern, London, UK (2017); ‘Acqua Alta’, Sultana Gallery, Paris, FR (2017, solo show); ‘What Flows Through and Across’, Assembly Point, London (2017, solo show); ‘In Me Everything is Already Flowing’, Center, Berlin (2016, solo show); ‘No Ordinary Love’, Galerie Sultana, Paris (2016); ‘The Rebel Man Standard Festival’, Guest Projects, London (2016); ‘I Would’ve Done Everything for You / Gimme More’, cur. Cédric Fauq, London (2016); Festival de l’Inattention, Paris (2016); ‘I Lost Track of the Swarm’, South London Gallery (2016); artist-in-residence at Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada (2015); ‘ODRADEK’, Les Instants Chavirés, cur. Mikaela Assolent and Flora Katz, Montreuil, France (2015); ‘59th Salon de Montrouge’, Montrouge, France (2014)

Robert Balun is an adjunct at The City College of New York, where he teaches creative writing and composition. His poems are forthcoming from Reality Beach and Powder Keg Magazine.  Recent work appears in TAGVVERK, Tammy, Prelude, Barrow Street, Poor Claudia, Apogee, Cosmonauts Avenue, and others. He is the Coordinator of the Digital Chapbook Series for The Operating System.  His debut collection of poetry, Acid Western, will be published in 2020.

 This piece in this show is the second in an ongoing series of works that seek to reconfigure how poetry is normally encountered; off the page, beyond the stage, and into a physical space.  I think that poetry tends to be generally siloed and specialized, rarely encountered unless you are already the kind of person who seeks out poetry.  Similarly, the performance of poetry tends to be a one-sided interaction between reader and audience.  By placing poems in a physical space, new audiences, who might not have otherwise, are able to encounter poetry.  And just as the poetry of performance or page ask for specific considerations of medium, the public poem offers its own implications of form.

The Border Space Project

56 Bogart Street, New York, 11206



February 15 – March 24, 2019

Opening: Friday, February 15, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


The Border Project Space is pleased to announce Verge, a group exhibition featuring artworks across mediums by Anna Costa e Silva, Iván Sikic, Fanny Allié, Qinza Najm, and Saks Afridi curated by Jamie Martinez. The work being shown by these five immigrant artists comments on borders, territories, immigration, people, and edges.

Walls, borders, and immigration are part of a daily argument going on in society today – an argument fueled by fear and misunderstanding. The symbol of the Wall emerges as an attempt to demarcate a final separation between two cultures that are irrevocably entwined.

“A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants” (Gloria Anzaldúa).

Across language, ethnicity, nationality, borders emerge as a way to shape identity through exclusion. If this border is threatened, so is this constructed idea of the self.

By placing it at our feet, Verge inverts the concept of a wall as a barrier, transforming it into a platform for the convergence of human experience which was created with 1300 clay bricks.


Verge poses the tantalizing question of what is left when borders are brought down. Beyond borders, all space is liminal.


Beyond them exists uncertainty – and freedom.


Anna Costa e Silva (1988, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) works in the intersections between visual arts, performance, film, and social practice.  Her projects explore human vulnerability, states between awareness and sleep, encounters and a constant search for the self. Anna received awards such as FOCO Bradesco ArtRio, Funarte Grant for Artistic Production and American Austrian Prize for Fine Arts. Between 2014 and 2018, she has done 10 solo shows, in institutional spaces such as Centro Cultural São Paulo, and Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro and galleries such as Superfície, São Paulo. She also participated in group shows in spaces such as Contemporary Art Center  (Vilnius) Art In Odd Places, Interstate Projects (NYC) A Gentil Carioca Gallery, Triângulo Gallery, Oi Futuro (Brazil) and others. She was an artist in residency at the Salzburg Academy for Fine Arts (AAF Fellowship), Phosphorus, Pivo Pesquisa (Sao Paulo) and the School of Making Thinking (NY). Anna has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, with the Edward Zutreau Memorial Grant, having lived in NYC between 2011 and 2013. She lives and works between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.


Fanny Allié is currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She was born in Montpellier, South of France and graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (The National School of Photography) in Arles, France in 2005 and moved to New York City shortly after graduating.

Princeton University, DOT Art, A.I.R Gallery, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Fresh Window gallery, Chashama and St Eustache Church in Paris, France have organized solo exhibitions of her work. NYU/Gallatin Gallery, Freight + Volume Gallery, Field Projects, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Dekalb Gallery/Pratt Institute and The Bronx Museum among others have featured her work in group exhibitions. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, NY Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Hyperallergic, Le Monde Diplomatique, DNA Info, Marie Claire Italy and Artspace Magazine.

She recently exhibited her mixed media work for El Espacio with Rata Projects and Good To Know during Art Basel Miami 2018.

Iván Sikic (b. 1983, Lima, Peru) makes work about issues he believes to be unsustainable in our society: how violence affects women, the destruction of our natural resources for the sake of greed, mass consumerism, social inequalities and the unjust treatment of the disenfranchised and what it means to be an immigrant. He responds to these themes through durational performance, installation, public intervention, sculpture, and photography.

His work has been shown at The 8th Floor (New York), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn), Km 0.2 (Lima and Mexico City), Luis Adelantado (Bogotá, Madrid, and Valencia) amongst others and he has attended residencies in the USA, Europe, Latin America and Australia. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Qinza Najm is a Pakistani-American artist whose work explores gendered violence, human rights and social justice issues particularly in regard to marginalized populations.  Utilizing performance, multi-media, video, painting, and other means, the artist, originally a trained Psychologist, understands herself as a denizen of the world, using artistic means to create empathy and understanding between societies, cultures and both East and West in order to address the deepest social traumas.


Born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, Najm pursued her fine arts studies at Bath University and The Art Students League of New York. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and has exhibited internationally, including at the Queens Museum (NY), Christie’s Art (Dubai), Art|Basel (Miami, FL), and the Museum of the Moving Image (NY). Her work has been featured in ArtNet News, the Huffington Post, the NY Daily News, International Business Week, Buzzfeed, and Herald.  She lives and works in New York.

Saks Afridi is a multi-disciplinary artist, born in Pakistan and raised in several countries; he now lives and works in New York City. Saks’s art practice is two-fold: Collaborative and Personal. His personal work investigates the predicaments and perplexities of the life of an ‘Insider Outsider’. His collaborative work has tackled themes around human rights, Islamophobia and drone warfare. His work is also spiritual in nature, hybridizing Islamic Design/Architecture with Science Fiction narratives to create a new genre he calls ‘Sci-Fi Sufism’, a sub-category of ‘IslamoFuturism’.


Saks is the proud recipient of 2 Gold Cannes Lion Awards, 3 D&AD Pencils, 2 OneShow pencils and a United Nations Award for Peace & Understanding. His work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, CNN and The Colbert Report.



Nov 2 – Dec 2, 2018

Opening: Friday, Nov 2, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Border is pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition “Peregrination” on Friday, November 2, 2018. As its title suggests, the exhibition represents a wandering journey through time and place that culminates with an overarching shamanistic spirit.

Like the mission of the project space itself, Peregrination brings together rich cultural traditions from the world over, making a statement about who we are as a people. Scattered across a blank palette created by an island of white stones on the floor are works by Elisa Pritzker, Lina Puerta, and Nyugen E. Smith, with each artist contributing a unique and powerful voice.

Works from Smith’s Spirit Carrier series float throughout the space. Drawing upon Yoruba crowns for inspiration, and structured like steampunk hot air balloons of sorts, Smith envisions his works as literal spirit carriers: vessels that will protect and transport the spirits of the deceased, specifically those of the unarmed black victims of police brutality. Each layer of the work adds deeper meaning, creating an overall aura of solemnity.  Smith’s works are joined by Puerta’s mixed media tapestries, inspired by Renaissance tradition and modernized with aspects of contemporary culture. Through the elaborate detailing of Puerta’s works, one can catch a glimpse of the decay of our present society both morally and politically, a parallel to messages we can take from European history.

Centering the spirit of the exhibition is Pritzker’s work, Magic of the Shamans, a monumental ceremonial circle covering the floor of the exhibition. Through this project, Pritzker revives the shamanistic ideals of the now-extinct Selknam people, a native group of hunter-gatherers once based in Argentina and Chile. Implicit in the work is an allegiance to community, nature, and one’s spiritual life; together with Puerta and Smith’s works, offering a gentle reminder about the very core of our humanity.

Elisa Pritzker has exhibited at MoMA, Queens Museum and Dorsky Museum in group exhibits. She has participated at the Affordable Art Fair NYC & London UK, London Biennale-Creative Village Media party in Berlin Germany, Pinta Fair NYC, Fountain Art Fair and EGGO-Cordoba Art Fair andarteBA in Argentina. She was selected the US artist for The Pyramids of Naxos, Greece during the Olympics for an environmental project The Pyramid of Naxos. From 2004 to 2012, she exhibited with the Franklin 54 Gallery, Chelsea NYC.  Among many other venues: Dumbo Arts Center & Nurture Art, Brooklyn. Others in the Hudson Valley: Kingston Museum of Contemporary Arts [KMOCA] and Hudson Valley MOCA[former HVCCA], Peekskill. In 2012 she presented a solo-installation at the prestigious Galeria Arte x Arte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Other exhibits were at Galerie Taste Modern Berlin in Berlin Germany and Auditorium-Centro Provincial de las Artes, Argentina.

Nyugen E. Smith (b. 1976, Jersey City, NJ) is a Caribbean-American interdisciplinary artist and educator who lives and works in Jersey City, NJ. His practice consists of found object sculpture, installation, writing, video and performance and is influenced by the conflation of African cultural practices and the remnants of European colonial rule in the Black diaspora. Nyugen holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a recipient Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts and the 2018 Franklin Furnace Fund. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include, Museum of Latin American Art, Columbia University, Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway, and Perez Museum, Miami.

Lina Puerta was born in NJ, raised in Colombia and lives and works in New York City. She earned and MS in Art Education from Queens College and is the recipient of several residencies and grants including: the 2017 NYFA Fellowship, 2016 Dieu Donné Workspace Residency, Artprize-8 Sustainability Award, 2015 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant, 2015 Kohler Arts Industry Residency (WI), 2013-14 Smack Mellon Art Studio Program, 2014 Materials for the Arts, 2013 Wave Hill Winter Workspace and the 2010 Emerging Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. Exhibition venues include: 21C Museum Hotels, Bentonville AR; Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo, MI; The Museum of Biblical Art, El Museo del Barrio, Socrates Sculpture Park, The 8th Floor, Wave Hill, Geary Contemporary, NYC; Pi-Artworks, London and H-Gallery, Paris. Puerta’s work has been featured in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Wilder Quarterly, Sculpture Magazine and Artnet News among others.


September 7 – October 7, 2018

The show has been extended until October 21st, 2018

Opening: Friday, September 7 from 6-8 pm.

The Border is pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition Liminality on Friday, September 7. Featuring works by John Drue Scott Worrell, Frank Wang Yefeng, and Jamie Martinez, Liminality explores themes of ritualistic surreality through mixed media works.

An anthropological term, liminality refers to a sort of ritualistic limbo: the phase between one’s pre-ritualistic self and a final reformed being. During this liminal period, the individual loses all identifying or personal features, remaining as anonymous as conceivably possible. It is a disorienting phase of rebirth – the participant stands on the threshold between old and new, belonging to neither. The term holds a mysterious quality and yet seems familiar – the unease, or growing pains, during periods of personal, or even large-scale political or social change, often can seem to border on this same sense of unknowing.

The exhibition Liminality focuses on the surrealness of this idea of ritualistic transition, constructing an environment apropos of a cult induction unhindered by the constraints of time and place.  Visitors will enter a sort of purgatory – being neither here nor there, to encounter mixed media works that may be more than what they seem, participants themselves in mysterious rites of passage. What happens within the liminal space remains to be seen, allowing for discoveries throughout the exhibition.

At the end of the exhibition, we will recycle the used organic & natural potting mix that we used on the floor and offer a limited amount to our guests along with Snake plants, which cleans the air, are easy to maintain, and it’s native to West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. The idea is to recycle the show and to keep the show/energy alive after it closes by giving it a new life through the Snake plants.

John Drue Scott Worrell received his MFA from the Yale School of Art, sculpture department and his BFA in Painting & Art History from the Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University. He has shown at Oilwik Gallery (Indianapolis, IN), Gait Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Roach Factory gallery (Los Angeles, CA) and Machine Project (Los Angeles, CA) to name a few. He was also a fabricator for Paul McCarthy and and assistant to Wayne White. John Drue Scott Worrell is the recipient of the Fannie B. Pardee Sculpture Prize from The Yale School of Art.

Frank Wang Yefeng is an interdisciplinary artist. He was born in 1984, in Shanghai, China. He left China for the United States after completing his BFA at Shanghai University, and received his MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011. In 2013 he began teaching and building the Digital Media Art program at Rhode Island College as an Associate Professor. Yefeng is currently based in Providence, RI and New York, and constantly travels back and forth between the United States and his hometown, Shanghai.

Yefeng actively pursues his artistic career in both East and West, and continues to think and work critically across media including Experimental 3D rendering and animation, video installation, virtual reality, and 3D printing. Yefeng has extensive experience exhibiting in venues internationally, which include Co-prosperity Sphere Culture Center(Chicago, IL), El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe(NM), Herald Square(NY, NY), Xuzhou Museum of Art(Xuzhou, China), HEREarts Center(NY, NY), The Museum of Luxun Academy of Art(Shenyang, China), Gene Siskel Film Center(Chicago, IL), Hyde Park Art Center(Hyde Park, IL), Hong Kong Art projects Gallery(Hong Kong), Between Art Lab(Shanghai, China), Governors Island Art Fair (NY,NY), Chi K11 Art Museum (Shanghai, China), etc. He was also a residency artist and juried panel member in NARS Foundation in Brooklyn, NY.

Jamie Martinez 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.



8/10/18 – 8/26/18

Opening reception: Friday, 8/10, 6-8pm

Hours: Sat/Sun, 1-6pm

The Border is pleased to announce “BORDERWALLS,” a summer group exhibition on view from August 10th to August 26th, 2018.

We lined our walls with small artworks by talented artists who have never shown at The Border before, and who have supported our mission of exhibiting first-generation and second-generation immigrant artists, along with a few locals, since we opened earlier this year. Half of “BORDERWALLS” consists of immigrant artists, and half consists of American artists. We want to encourage an open dialogue between all artists and visitors no matter where they come from, where they were born or how they got here. We also want to thank these artists and anyone else who has physically attended our shows. There’s nothing like seeing exhibitions in person and meeting the people behind them.

Featured artists: Adam Aslan, Arlene Rush, Chris Rypkema, Debra Drexler, Elena Chestnykh, Etty Yaniv, Evan Levine, Jaclyn Brown, Julia Michal Stibal, Kay Sirikul Pattachote, Krystofer Kimmel, Mary DeVincentis Herzog, Meer Musa, Monica Mazzone, Natasha Wright, Paul D’Agostino, Robert Balun, Roman Kalinovski ,Seren Morey, Sharilyn Neidhardt, Shavana Smiley, Shay Arick, Sherri Littlefield, Sofia Echa, Teresa Kudarauskas, Tim Gowan, Ventiko, William Norton and Zofia Bogusz.

The Border Project Space

56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11206


Intricate Neighbors

Curated by Jamie Martinez

May 4th– May 27th, 2018

Opening: Friday, May 4th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Border Space Project is pleased to announce Intricate Neighbors, a group exhibition featuring artwork across mediums by Bianca Boragi, Ara Cho, Rebecca Goyette, Hyon Gyon and Sahana Ramakrishnan.

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 five neighbors/artists, four 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 five 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, 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.

Intricate Neighbors is on view at 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, New York, from May 4th– May 27th, 2018, Saturdays and Sundays, from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM or by appointment. For additional information and inquiries, please contact Jamie Martinez at 917-796-6010 or info@thebordeprojectspace.com.

Bianca Boragi’s short experimental film, Cotton Candy, incorporates multiple disciplines such as sculpture and performance.  This piece was shot in a furniture store in Ridgewood, NY, which she perceived as a space of repeating forms, exploring notions of fulfillment by placing a character in this particular space.

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 recreates pictorial languages by intersecting traditional work processes with digitally reconstructed images to explore power dynamics assumed by gender roles.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.

Hyon Gyon‘s works have retained a sculptural element, creating a niche form of art that dwells between two-dimensional and three-dimensional states. The expressive visages that appear throughout her works, seem more passionate, vigorously attempting to escape from the canvas and burst into our world.

Hyon Gyon (b.1979) is based in New York, U.S and currently lives in Krakow, Poland. She received her B.A. from Mokwon University in Korea and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan. She had one-person and group exhibitions at the Ben Brown Fine Arts, Hong Kong, the Museum of Kyoto; the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto; Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; Carnegie Art Museum, and Shin Gallery, New York. Hyon Gyon’s work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, the Kyoto City University of Arts, and the Takahashi Collection, among others. She has received several fellowships and awards, including the Asao Kato International Scholarship, the Kyoto Cultural Award and the Tokyo Wonder Wall Competition Prize.

Rebecca Goyette is best known for her series of Lobsta Porn videos, Goyette’s persona-based works combine sculptural elements, painting and hand-sewn costumes with an evolving ensemble cast role-playing sexual scenarios ranging from simulating nature to historic reenactment and the paranormal. Rebecca Goyette is a multimedia artist.   Goyette is represented by Freight and Volume Gallery, NYC.  She has exhibited internationally with solo shows at Freight and Volume, NYC, Spektrum Theater, Berlin, Germany, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ and Galerie X, Istanbul, Turkey as well as group shows group shows and live performances at Whitney Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, Weisman Museum of Art, MN, Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC and Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen, Denmark.   Currently, her sculptural works are on view at the Museum of Sex’s NSFW: Female Gaze.

Sahana Ramakrishnan’s work is a web of cultural interface. Mesmerizing mixtures of Hindu, Buddhist and Greek visual mythology weave together into a tapestry of pop cultural references that are upended by the artist’s exploration of identity, sexuality and gender perspectives.

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.


In light of the recent political focus on curtailing immigration, a cornerstone of the history and identity of the United States, the time has come for artists of diverse backgrounds to come together and present a united voice in support of multiplicity. It is in this spirit that Jamie Martinez, an immigrant artist and publisher of the art blog ARTE FUSE, announces the opening of a Bushwick-based project space called THE BORDER that will focus on supporting and showing talented/established immigrant artists living in the United States in the hopes of creating a nurturing environment for immigrants and non-immigrants alike to create a dialogue around their work. Reflecting the best of American diversity, THE BORDER will be open to everyone.

Throughout history, immigrants and the children of immigrants have played an invaluable role in shaping the face of the nation through an endless list of contributions and accomplishments. The United States is a country built upon the embrace of blending cultural traditions, and nearly every citizen has been born out of the precedent of immigration from around the world.

THE BORDER’S opening group show, curated by Martinez entitled THE BORDER #1, will feature sculptures by Peter Kaspar (Slovakia), C.J Chueca (Peru) and Jamie Martinez (Colombia), as well as a series of drawings by Aphrodite Désirée Navab (Iran/Greece) and a unique art piece by Levan Mindiashvili (Georgia). The first show called The Border #1 is currently displaying artists from Slovakia, Iran/Greece, Peru, Georgia, and Colombia. Some of the artists have had or are having museum shows in their respected homelands. Together, the exhibition explores the vibrant artistic contributions of a sampling of the immigrant community in New York City, a longtime hotbed for creativity and cultural exchange.

Participating Artists: Peter Kaspar (Slovakia), C.J. Chueca (Peru), Levan Mindiashvili (Georgia), Aphrodite Désirée Navab (Iran/Greece) and Jamie Martinez (Colombia).

Peter Kaspar is originally from Slovakia and his work explores the relationship between culture and memory. The conception of memory as a temporal phenomenon is sometimes too contracted. Either in visualized or abstracted form, one of the largest complications of memorializing our past is the fact that it is absent. Peter has shown all over the United States and also has a museum show coming up in Slovakia curated by one of the country’s most important contemporary artists.

C.J. Chueca creates walls that neither contain or separate. Instead, they provide insight into the complex ways that walls operate in our lives. (…) Poignant narratives are hinted at by small objects scattered about the backside of the walls—ceramic replications of cigarette butts, bottle caps, toilet paper rolls and beer bottles seem remnants of lives that once inhabited the spaces that these walls no longer define” (Excerpt from Eleanor Heartney’s essay, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall”). C. J. Chueca is currently working on her next solo show called “Dos Cielos Azules” that will on view at ICPNA Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano on April 2018.

Levan Mindiashvili is a Georgian born (1979) visual artist and independent curator living and working in New York and Tbilisi. He holds his BFA in Sculpture from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and MFA in Crossed Media at The National University of Arts of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Among his awards are Commission Grant for Public Art Projects from National Endowments for Arts (New York, 2014) and Emerging Artist of 2011, Movistar Arte Jóven (Buenos Aires, Argentina). His works had been included in recent group exhibitions at The 7th Beijing Biennale, China; Georgian National Gallery, Tbilisi; ODETTA, Brooklyn, US; David & Schweitzer Contemporary, Brooklyn, US; Tbilisi History Museum, Georgia; Arsenal, Kiev, Ukraine; Tartu Art Museum, Estonia. Recent solo exhibitions include “Here” at Georgian National Museum, Mestia, Georgia; “Inbetween” at State Silk Museum, Tbilisi, Georgia; The Lodge Gallery, New York, US; His works are in public collections of Georgian National Museum (Mestia), State Silk Museum (Tbilisi) and National Art Museum of China (Beijing).

Aphrodite Désirée Navab, “is an Iranian-born, New York-based artist whose work mines her Iranian, Greek and American cultural heritage asking questions of its competing histories and politics. Her art is the aching inquiry of an uprooted consciousness seeking new roots. It also serves as a site of critical dialogue and debate. Ultimately, Navab’s art haunts our imagination with its beauty and complexity, inviting us to engage in a third space of transnational and cross-cultural initiations, leaving domination and demonization outside the picture.” -Reza Aslan, author of NY Times #1 Best Seller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

Colombian artist Jamie Martinez 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. His process involves constructing, deconstructing and fragmenting images, data, and information geometrically into triangulated segments. Jamie’s work has been featured in multiple outlets like a half hour personal TV interview with NTN24 (Nuesta Tele Noticias, a major Spanish TV channel) for their show Lideres, Good Day New York (TV interview),  Fox news (TV interview), Whitewall Magazine, CNN, New York Magazine, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Untitled Magazine, Bedford + Bowery, Whitehot Magazine, Decompoz Magazine (print), The Examiner, Artribune, Art Nerd NY and many more. Martinez has shown in Russia, Spain, Canada, Miami, California and numerous galleries in New York City including: Petzel Gallery, Whitebox NY, The Gabarron Foundation, Flowers Gallery, Elga Wimmer PCC, Foley Gallery, Rush Gallery, Galerie Protégé, Untitled Space 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.

THE BORDER curated by Jamie Martinez

March 2 – March 26, 2018

56 Bogart Street 1st FL
BK, NY 11206 T. (917)796-6010