Jumana Emil Abboud, Alina Bliumis, Oji Haynes, Giancarlo Norese, Kambui Olujimi, Nyugen E. Smith, Guillermo Trejo, Arleene Correa Valencia
Holding: Curatorial AIRspace Resident Exhibition 2023–24

February 2–24, 2024

Each year, the Curatorial AIRspace Residency supports one New York curator or curatorial collective to develop a proposal-based exhibition. This year, 2023–24 Curatorial AIRspace Resident Anna Khimasia organizes an exhibition around sanctuary, focusing on those for whom sanctuary is not always in view. Featuring works by Jumana Emil Abboud, Alina Bliumis, Oji Haynes, Giancarlo Norese, Kambui Olujimi, Nyugen E. Smith, Guillermo Trejo, and Arleene Correa Valencia.

Holding is hosted by KATES-FERRI PROJECTS (561 Grand Street New York, NY 10002), open Thursday-Saturday 12–6pm and Sunday 12–5pm or by appointment.

Opening Reception: February 2, 6–8pm. RSVP encouraged but not required.

Artist Talk: February 4, 1pm at KATES-FERRI PROJECTS (561 Grand Street New York). Mexican-Canadian artist Guillermo Trejo in conversation with curator Anna Khimasia. Please RSVP below.

Curatorial walk-through with Anna Khimasia: February 10, 2pm. RSVP encouraged but not required.

All events open to the public.

Installation view of Holding: Curatorial AIRspace Resident Exhibition 2023–24, February 2–24, 2024. Curated by Anna Khimasia. Photograph by Frankie Tyska. Image courtesy of Abrons Arts Center.

About Anna Khimasia

Anna Khimasia is an independent curator and educator. Often working collaboratively, her curatorial projects focus on under-represented bodies and voices, interrogating the politics of space, race and gender. Recent curatorial projects include Drawing on Our History (Carleton University Art Gallery); C’est du Gâteau/Piece of Cake (Arts image);Through the Looking Glass and Afternoon Tea for PERF (AXENÉO7); and Live in Palestine (AXENÉO7, A Space Gallery and Montréal, arts interculturels). This year Anna co-founded International Arrivals, a NYFA-sponsored project, supporting artists from countries in conflict. She currently teaches courses on contemporary art and performance at both UCLA and Rutgers.


KATES-FERRI PROJECTS was conceived in 2020 as a nomadic artist residency with partnerships across New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Starting in 2022 Kates-Ferri Projects opened their anchor location 561 Grand Street, NYC, in the heart of the Lower East Side - a creative community that continues to serve as a cultural and artistic incubator.

KATES-FERRI PROJECTS has launched and supported many emerging artists, while building a diverse and engaged community of art lovers. Our program focuses on Latin, Artists of Color, Queer and Female Artists. We look to inspire and reimagine the future of art creation and collaboration while promoting a more inclusive and sustainable arts eco system.

About Artists Alliance Inc + Cuchifritos Gallery & Project Space

Artists Alliance Inc. is dedicated to launching, strengthening, and advancing the vision of emerging and underrepresented artists and curators through fully-funded residencies, paid exhibition opportunities, and commissioned projects.

Rooted in the Lower East Side (a long-standing epicenter of creative experimentation and cultural diversity) and in NYC at-large, AAI cultivates art practices that challenge the way we experience ourselves, our communities, and our world. Through three initiatives—Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, LES Studio Program, Public Works—AAI aims to widen the audience for contemporary art and encourage public dialogue using art as a catalyst.


2023-2024 Curatorial AIRspace Residency Exhibition is co-presented by Abrons Arts Center and KATES-FERRI PROJECTS with support from Artists Alliance Inc. Abrons Arts Center’s Curatorial AIRspace Residency program is made possible through the generosity of The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.