PULSE MIAMI BEACH 2017
Project For Empty Space is thrilled to join Pulse Contemporary Art Fair for a second year in Miami. The PES booth will focus on annual program, the GRAB BACK Feminist Incubator. The GRAB BACK program was created in the Fall of 2016, as a response to a normalized climate of hyper-misogyny, rape culture, and dehumanization of women and women of color. GRAB BACK is a means of cultivating productive and critical intersectional dialogue and is a response to violence against humanity.
The Project For Empty Space Booth will exhibit the work of Hiba Schahbaz and Shoshanna Weinberger, two artists who have spent time as residents, at the PES gallery in Newark, NJ, creating work that speaks to the incubator’s mission. In addition to works by these artists, an interactive project will take place; THE PUSSY PHOTOBOOTH PROJECT (PPP). PPP invites audiences to actively GRAB BACK against the patriarchy by sharing their image and voice in a collective effort.
Hiba Schahbaz is a Brooklyn-based artist who is well versed in the centuries-old art form of miniature painting. She trained in miniature painting at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan and received an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in New York City. In addition to exhibiting her work internationally in galleries and fairs including the Vienna Art Fair and Spring Break Art Show in NYC, Schahbaz has curated exhibitions of miniature paintings in Pakistan and India. She was an artist-in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and The Wassaic Project and has taught miniature painting as part of the Alfred Z. Solomon Residency at the Tang Museum. She is a artist instructor at the Art Students League of New York and is represented by Thierry Goldberg Gallery in NY.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Weinberger’s work relates to her Caribbean-American background and draws strongly on the complexity of heritage and assumed norms as she goes about defining the female archetype. Referencing herself among a sea of antiquated stereotypes, adolescent memory and current subjects as a source, Weinberger renders her female muses as excessive, sexualized, some passive and others dominant that question notions of beauty. Her new body of work explores “one drop” rule. Solo shows include: What Makes My Hottentot so Hot at the Solo(s) Project House, Newark, (2012); Sometimes All of Me is Not Enough at Carol Jazzar Contemporary, Miami, (2012); Potbelly Pin-Ups: Out Of Many One, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, (2014). Selected group exhibitions: Acts of Alterity, Nomad Gallery, Brussels, (2012); Mutations, Tiwani Contemporary, London (2014); America Through Artists Eyes, New Jersey State Museum, (2014); TREK: Following Journeys, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (2015); Fabulous, Shirin Gallery, NYC (2015); Lush, SMAC Gallery, Stellenboch, South Africa (2015). Jamaican Pulse, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK (2016); Modern Heroics, The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ. (2016): Material Matters: Water, Pigment, and Light, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, NC (2016); and Collage Effects: Art of the African Dispora, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ (2016). Weinberger was included in the 2013 Martinique Biennale; five-time participant in the Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica, from 2006 and in the 2017 exhibition. Awards/Fellowships: 2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. 2015 Joan Mitchell Center, Artist-in-Residence, New Orleans. Awarded a 2016 Fellowship, New Jersey State Council on the Arts; and is recently a 2017 Artist-in-Residence, The Gateway Project, Newark, NJ. Weinberger received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in 1995 and a MFA from Yale School of Art, Yale University in 2003. She lives and works in Newark, New Jersey.