Cielo Felix-Hernandez, Oji Haynes, Alexander Si, and Niloufar Emamifar
Visual Artist AIRspace Resident Exhibition 2023–24

June 21–August 31, 2024

Abrons Arts Center's Visual Artist AIRspace Residency annually supports 4 New York City-based visual artists. The annual Visual Artist AIRspace Residency exhibition features new work by the 2023–24 cohort, Cielo Felix-Hernandez, Oji Haynes, Alexander Si, and Niloufar Emamifar. This year’s exhibition, curated by 2023-24 Curatorial AIRspace Resident Anna Khimasia, will draw upon the Spring 2024 curatorial focus of “sanctuary.”

This exhibition is hosted at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space (Inside Essex Market, 88 Essex St #21, New York, NY 10002), open Wednesday through Saturday, 12–6pm.

An opening reception will be held on June 21 from 6–8pm.

Opening Reception

Image by Daqi Fang

About the Curator

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.

About the Visual Artist AIRspace Residency

Abrons Arts Center's Visual Artist AIRspace Residency annually supports 4 New York City-based visual artists. Visual Artist AIRspace Residents receive an artist fee and a semi-private studio for nine months at Abrons Arts Center. Throughout the residency cycle, studio visits are arranged with critics, curators, artists and other arts professionals to foster critical and professional development.

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.


Artists Alliance Inc. (AAI) is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City. Programming support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Further exhibition programming is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible.