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Junk Food Brunch


Sunday February 28 12:00 – 2:00pm 

Radiator Gallery will host a Junk Food Brunch, where curator Amanda McDonald Crowley will give a walk through of our current exhibition food nostalgia, and talk about the underlying themes of the exhibition. Exhibiting artists Cey Adams, and Katherine Behar will also talk about influences and inspirations in their work in the exhibition.

In addition to serving up delectable and surprising nostalgic packaged foods Amanda, and artist Stefani
Bardin, will be serving deliciously reverse engineered versions of Gatorade and Gummy Bears.

Come expected to have your taste buds tickled by a range of nostalgic taste sensations, and stay for the
conversation. And please feel free to bring along your favorite versions of Junk Food, from around the world.

Food Nostalgia is an exhibition of works exploring food in contemporary America through a lens of fast food iconography and industrial food production. The exhibition runs at Radiator Gallery through March 13.

Amanda McDonald Crowley is a curator and cultural worker who creates new media and contemporary art exhibitions, events, and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. One of her key current curatorial research topics explores the intersection of art, food and technology, ArtTechFood.

Cey Adams‘ dismantles contemporary cultural imagery to build multiple layers of color, texture, shadow, and light. From his roots in the NYC graffiti movement and hip hop culture, his artwork draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, sign painting, comic books, and popular culture; he focuses on themes including race and gender relations, pop culture, and community issues.

Katherine Behar‘s videos, performances, and interactive installations explore issues in contemporary digital culture. Disorientalism (whose work is included in the exhibition), is an artistic collaboration between Katherine and Marianne M. Kim, in which the duo study the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture, and consumerism. Disorientalism explores how these forces mediate race, gender, and bodies. In character, the Disorientals expose our hapless submersion in junk culture, and our failed attempts to rationalize it by mistakenly resorting to industriousness and work.

Stefani Bardin explores the influences of corporate culture and industrial food production on our food system and the environment. She works with neuroscientists, biologists and gastroenterologists to ground her research in the scientific world.



Hungry Hungarians Book Launch

Radiator Gallery Special Event
Friday, February 19 6:00 – 8:00p
Julia Standovar will prepare one of the recipes from the book and visitors will have the chance to taste the meal. Standovar will read out loud one chapter from Hungry Hungarians and will present few photo prints from the project. Her project representing Standovar’s extreme disappointment with current Hungarian politics in the form of a cookbook. Standovar critiques the political and social changes that have occurred in Hungary over the past years through a presentation of images, Hungarian recipes and cultural stories. The book explores how Hungary’s political system moves further away from the Western democratic and liberal values.About the Artist:
Júlia Standovár was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. Standovar currently lives and works in New York City. She gained a BA Fine Art Photography degree at the Moholy-Nagy Univrsity of Art and Design Budapest in 2013. She graduated at the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2015. Standovar’s work was showed at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest, MoMA PS1 / New York Art Book Fair, Budapest Art Market, Telep Gallery and the SVA Chelsea Gallery. Standovar received a scholarship from The Hungary Initatives Foundation 2014, and she got the Thomas Reiss Memorial Award and the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award in 2015.
Her latest work is the Hungry Hungarians photo-art-cookbook about Hungarian culture, food and politics. She loves cooking.The book Hungry Hungarians will be available for purchase at the event.Publisher: Llewelyn ProjectsImages:



Weekend of Walks, Talks, Screenings and Panel Discussions

We are pleased to announce a weekend of walks, talks, screenings and panel discussions as part of the Chance Ecologies exhibition at Radiator Arts, open through Jan. 22nd, 2016. Events will be held at the gallery as well as in and around the site of Hunter’s Point South, Long Island City, and continue to explore the value of unplanned wild spaces within the urban environment.

Sat. January 16th: 2:30 pm – 4 pm:
Endangered Surfaces Walk to Hunter’s Point South – an experimental walk by Christopher Kennedy and Ellie Irons. Tracing the border of Hunter’s Point South, this participatory walk will explore the remains, edges, and overlaps of the myriad surfaces that covered the land before development began last September.

(Departing from Radiator Arts at 2:30, please dress for cold weather!)

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm:
Screening of “For the Birds” – a series of site-specific video works by Joianne Bittle, followed by a discussion of the selected texts and observations in the field with the artist.

7 pm – 8:30 pm:
Archaeological Panel: “Art, Archaeology and the Curious Activity of Digging Up Nothing” – a public discussion reflecting on the experience and concepts of performing an archeological dig.

Panel speakers: Matthias Neumann, artists of “Dock Street Dig” for Chance Ecologies / Scott Schwartz, archaeologist, CUNY Graduate Center / Megan Hicks, archaeologist, CUNY Graduate Center / Matthew C. Lange, artist / Jeffrey Lee Benjamin, artist and archaeologist, Columbia University

Sun. January 17th: 1 pm – 2:30 pm:
Curators talk and brunch, hosted by Radiator Gallery. The curators of Chance Ecologies (Catherine Grau, Nathan Kensinger, and Stephen Zacks) will give a walk through of the exhibition and engage in a public discussion about the underlying themes of Chance Ecologies.

2:30 pm – 4 pm:
Site and Field: Listening to Hunter’s Point South – an Electromagnetic Field Listening walk by Dylan Gauthier.
(Departing from Radiator Arts at 2:30, please dress for cold weather!)

4 pm – 4:30 pm:
Ceremonial Score – For Grieving the Loss of a Wild Landscape, a participatory performative ritual developed by Allison Danielle Behrstock in collaboration with and facilitated by Catherine Grau.

(Location: please meet at the corner of 2nd Street and 54th Ave. Please dress for cold weather and unsteady terrain – the ritual will take place on the Hunter’s Point South site.)

4:54 pm:
The Rotation of the Earth presents the Sunset – a brief experimental sunset viewing by Dillon de Give. Please feel free to pick up a poster listing the exact times of the sunset for the duration of the Chance Ecologies exhibit at Radiator Arts.
(Location: LIC East River Ferry terminal, Hunter’s Point South.)




Food Nostalgia

February 5 – March 13, 2016

Artists: Cey Adams, Emilie Baltz, Disorientalism (Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim), Gonzalo Fuenmajor, Kira Nam Greene, Jonathan Stein

Curator: Amanda McDonald Crowley

Radiator Gallery is pleased to present food nostalgia, an exhibition of paintings, photographs, video, sculpture and installation works by artists Cey Adams (New York), Emilie Baltz (New York), Disorientalism (Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim, New York/ Arizona), Gonzalo Fuenmajor (Miami, FL), Kira Nam Greene (New York) and Jonathan Stein (Coral Springs, FL).

“food nostalgia looks at food in contemporary America through a lens of fast food iconography and industrial food production” says curator, Amanda McDonald Crowley. “Participating artists variously draw on popular cultural references, brand recognition, bodies, memory, nostalgia, and playfulness. They ask us to think about our relationship to our colonial pasts, feminist thinking, cultural diversity, and marketing culture. The corporatisation of our food systems is deeply entrenched in our psyche; historical and contemporary trade routes of our food affect our cultural landscape.” As a framework to explore how we cook, eat, and consume, food nostalgia will be a platform to share ideas, and food.

Kira Nam Greene’s paintings and drawings are conceptual self-portraits with collaged images of food and complex patterns that represent the plurality and multiplicity of her identity as an Asian-American woman. For Kira, food acts as a metaphor for the idealization of the female body and the surrogate for desire to consume and control. During a residency in the “bread basket” of America, her Nebraska Suite series is the first time that she consciously used fast food imagery in her work.

Emilie Baltz grew up in Joliet, Illinois in a house without junk food. Her French mother was an incredibly creative and healthy cook, but all around her families were serving up junk food. A little jealous, and a lot intrigued, this experience inspired her Junk Foodie series: her images are both alien and familiar, but mostly fun interpretations of traditional recipes rendered using junk food ingredients.

Jonathan Stein finds his inspiration in grocery stores and fast-food spots. In his Shiny Sparkly Goes Down Easy series Jonathan takes iconic images such as Spam, Ritz crackers and a bucket of KFC to create bling objects where shinier is better and a glitzy surface masks a loaded commentary on fast food consumption.

Cey Adams also draws inspiration from popular iconography and brand recognition. In Cream of Wheat Cey takes the iconographic brand image, reputedly a portrait of African American chef, Frank L White and using collage and design principles, creates a richly textured and subtly rendered black on black painterly abstraction.

Gonzalo Fuenmayor’s Papare series examines ideas of exoticism and the complicit and amnesic relationship between ornamentation and tragedy. Opulent Victorian chandeliers and other elements, reminiscent of a decadent colonial past, proliferate from banana bunches, alluding to a tragic and violent history associated with Banana trade worldwide.

Disorentalism’s Maiden Voyage focuses on race and labor in American food production and promotion. The Disorientals track down the Land O’ Lakes Indian Maiden, who has been reborn as an empowered executive.

Food nostagia takes a critical, yet humorous, look at how junk food and brand cultures impact contemporary food systems and consumption.





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Chance Ecologies

Opening: Thursday, December 17th 2015, 6 – 9 pm

Exhibiting Artists: Joianne Bittle, Laura Chipley, Allison Danielle Behrstock, Luciana Freire D’Anunciação, Edrex Fontanilla, Dylan Gauthier, Dillon de Give, GH Hovagimyan, Ellie Irons, Christopher Kennedy, Anne Percoco, Edmund Mooney, Matthias Neumann, Natalia Roumelioti, Raphaele Shirley, Marisa Tesauro, Sarah Nelson Wright

Curated by: Catherine Grau, Nathan Kensinger, Stephen Zacks

On view at Radiator Arts Dec. 17th through Jan. 21st, Chance Ecologies: The Wild Landscape of Hunter’s Point South, displays the results of a daring summer-long experimental art project on a large plot of publicly owned land in Hunter’s Point, Long Island City, Queens. The accidental post-industrial landscape, predominantly disused for the last 35 years, harbored a rich unplanned ecology that participating artists explored through a series of secret temporary installations, performances, and research interventions. Located in the mouth of Newtown Creek, a federal Superfund site, and facing magnificent views of Midtown Manhattan across the East River, the site embodies the paradoxes of man-made ecological crisis and the continued drive towards the production of human habitats.

Exhibited in the form of photographs, videos, installations, documentation, elaborations of processes, speculative proposals, and an archive of plants and materials, Chance Ecologies is a platform for artists and thinkers to creatively explore the value of wild places in the city, uncovering and mapping their layered histories and the natural ecologies that have evolved in them. Referencing pioneering projects like Art on the Beach by Creative Time that played an instrumental role in reimagining the uses of public land prior to redevelopment, this project belongs to a lineage of public art projects utilizing vacant lots and post-industrial landfills as places of freedom, play, and experimentation.

Immediately following the summer of unpermitted activities, in the fall of 2015, heavy construction equipment leveled the Hunter’s Point site for Phase 2 of the housing and waterfront park development led by the Economic Development Corporation of New York City and designed by Thomas Balsley Associates with Weiss/ Manfredi and ARUP.

As a framework for artistic gestures, advocacy, and research exploring the un-designed landscapes and wilderness found in abandoned spaces, post-industrial sites, and landfills, Chance Ecologies continues to create actions, programs, and discourse around the value of wild spaces in the urban environment, documenting, learning from, and commemorating the naturally occurring ecosystems that are being lost to development, and articulating contemporary interpretations of and new ways of relating to urban wilderness.

Chance Ecologies is produced in affiliation with Amplifier Inc., a nonprofit organization using art and design as tools of urban transformation and city-making. Amplifier creates programs that connect public and private groups with the global art and design field to bring the most innovative work to under-served groups and smaller communities around the country, where it can have the greatest possible resonance.

Chance Ecologies is produced in affiliation with Amplifier Inc., a nonprofit organization using art and design as tools of urban transformation and city-making. Amplifier creates programs that connect public and private groups with the global art and design field to bring the most innovative work to under-served groups and smaller communities around the country, where it can have the greatest possible resonance.

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Sticking my Fingers in the Flesh of Utopia

Screening and panel discussion with art historian Agnes Berecz, critic and curator Gregory Volk, artists Meredith Drum and Cliff Evans, and curator/artist Eva Davidova. Moderator Daniela Kostova, artistic director of Radiator Gallery.

December 10, 2015, 6-8PM

6 – 6.30 PM: Reception and exhibition walk-through
6.30 – 7 PM: Artists’ presentation
7 – 8 PM: Panel discussion

Happenland is build around the premise “The artist has honored the brainwave”. What does it mean, “to honor”? The artist has made a process of association so direct that it wants to be immediate. What needs to happen in order to lure the concept residing in a mental space into a physical world—the world of the works, which the artist can make—excludes any symbolic processes that could contaminate this “passage”. As an .exe file, the brainwave installs itself in both minds—emitter and receptor—and acts.

There is humor in Happenland, and a recurrent play with dysfunctional ideals—from architecture ones, to philosophical, to almost metaphysical—and dead ends. In the case of Meredith, Cliff and Eva, the works are also clearly stepping into technologically new, semi-reality spaces: 3D animations, the Internet, dystopic imagery, and phantoms of consumerist futures. “Sticking their fingers in the flesh of utopia”, the artists are reaching over some invisible fence, daring to grab and hold on to some utterly impossible, but imaginable “deed”—action, image or idea—and dragging it back to us.

Panelists are invited to discuss the provenance of the mental image and its coming into existence. How the novelty of an image affects its action? How are the artists navigating through permutations of symbols and structures? How are metaphor and contextual dependency resisted? Are we testing meanings for impossible futures?

Agnes Berecz
Ágnes Berecz received her B.A. and M.A. from ELTE University in Budapest and completed her Ph.D. at Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). Berecz specializes in post-war and contemporary art with a particular focus on transnational modernism and the cultural politics of painting. Her writings have appeared in Art Journal, Art in America, Artmargins and the Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin as well as in European and US exhibitions catalogues. Berecz is the author of the book, Contemporary Hungarian Painting (2001), and the New York correspondent of Műértő, a Budapest based art monthly. Her most recent work includes the two volume monographic study, Simon Hantaï, and the essay, ‘Time to Knot’, published in the catalogue of Hantaï’s retrospective exhibition at the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris. She teaches at the Pratt Institute and lectures at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Gregory Volk
Gregory Volk is a New York-based art critic and freelance curator. He writes regularly for Art in America, and his articles and reviews have also appeared in many other publications, including Parkett and Sculpture. Among his recent contributions to exhibition catalogues are essays on Joan Jonas (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2007), Bruce Nauman (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006), Ayse Erkmen (Venice Biennale, 2011), and Sanford Biggers (Brooklyn Museum, 2011). His essay on Vito Acconci is featured in Vito Acconci: Diary of a Body, 1969-1973, published by Charta in 2007. Together with Sabine Russ, Gregory Volk has curated numerous exhibitions, including Agitation and Repose at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, Public Notice: Paintings in Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, and Surface Charge at the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. Gregory Volk received his B.A. from Colgate University and his M.A. from Columbia University.

About the artists:
Meredith Drum
Cliff Evans
Eva Davidova

More about the exhibition HAPPENLAND here.

Ekphrastic Live Event and Brunch with Poets Chelsea Whitton and Matthew Yeager

Please join us this Sunday, November 22nd for brunch and special guests performance. We are delighted to present poets Chelsea Whitton and Mattew Yeager, honoring a centuries’ old tradition of ekphrastic poetry*

12pm – Reading by Chelsea Whitton and Matthew Yeager: New poems on Happenland.
Q&A with the poets and curator Eva Davidova may follow.

11am – 2pm – Brunch and exhibition talk. Children welcome—Explore the Augmented Reality app Pyrite, destroy digital images, and create virtual reality sculptures, while savoring grapes, oranges and bagels.)

*Ekphrasis or ecphrasis, from the Greek description of a work of art, possibly imaginary, produced as a rhetorical exercise; often used in adjectival form, ekphrastic. A graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art. In ancient times, it referred to a description of any thing, person, or experience. The word comes from the Greek ek andphrasis, ‘out’ and ‘speak’ respectively, verb ekphrazein, to proclaim or call an inanimate object by name.
source: Wikipedia

Matthew Yeager’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sixthfinch, Gulf Coast, Minnesota Review, Bat City Review, and elsewhere, as well as Best American Poetry 2005 and Best American Poetry 2010. His short film “A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY Apartment” was an official selection at thirteen film festivals in 2009-2010, picking up three awards. Other distinctions include the Barthelme Prize in short prose and two MacDowell fellowships. The co-curator of the long running KGB Monday Night Poetry Series, his first book, Like That, will be out in Spring 2016 from Forklift Books.

Chelsea Whitton holds an MFA in Poetry from The New School and a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various print and online publications, including White Stag, Forklift Ohio, Sixth Finch, Bateau, and Cimarron Review. She lives in Ridgewood, Queens.


October 30-December 11, 2015

Artists: Marlon de Azambuja (Spain/Brazil), Augmented Mountain (USA), Almudena Baeza (Spain), Heleno Bernardi (Brazil), Elena Blasco (Spain), Eva Davidova (USA/Spain) Jorge Diezma (Spain), Meredith Drum (USA), Cliff Evans (USA), Juan Ugalde (Spain) and Marina Zurkow (USA)

…I would say man does not consist only of chemical processes, but also of metaphysical occurrences…
– Joseph Beuys

HAPPENLAND, curated by Almudena Baeza and Eva Davidova, presents installation, sculpture, video art, painting, photography and augmented reality by 10 internationally acclaimed artists from Spain, Brazil and USA. The exhibition brings rarely seen together, visually resolute works engaging public space, behavior, and environmental activism, with the underlying premise: The artist has honored the brainwave.

What does it mean, “to honor”? The artist has made a process of association; so direct that it wants to be immediate. What needs to happen in order to lure the concept residing in a mental space into a physical world – the world of the works, which the artist can make – excludes any symbolic processes that could contaminate this “passage”. The artist wants to get out of the fundamentally variable and equivocal realm of language, and take us into a kind of imagination space, obliterating translation in the meantime. As an .exe file, the brainwave installs itself in both minds—emitter and receptor—and acts.

The artists in Happenland see the models, the events, the purposes or the issues they are about to address as a group of relationships univocally associated to the creative action. That’s why we say that the works in Happenland are “ways of being” of a relationship. They exist in a relationship of identity of shape. The meanings may be equally unknown to all, but they “exist” in their material representation. From Marlon de Azambuja’s mission of defining and revealing territories, the bodies turned architecture in Heleno Bernardi or Eva Davidova’s work, Juan Ugalde’s magic overlaying of depths and Almudena Baeza’s sharp pensiveness, Cliff Evans carnal dystopia, Elena Blasco’s psychedelic humor, Meredith Drum’s wrath against the ethos of avatars-for-sale worlds, Jorge Diezma’s passive-aggressive “painting as action”, right to Marina Zurkow’s extending the mechanisms of construction and geometrical interdependencies to the living organisms, the works subvert the obvious—they happen as something that, by being so direct, resists interpretation.


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HEART/BEETS by Arantxa Araujo and Tyler Ashley

OCTOBER 17, 2015


Project Description

HEART/BEETS explores the relationship of physiological, affective and cognitive states, and the effect each has on the other. It pretends to reflect upon love seen through the eyes of Neuroscience, “Misattribution of Arousal Theory” and using Garcia Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” as a framework that represents love’s strict protocols based on societal principles-infused with catholic tradition which dictates females behavior. Themes such as marriage, virginity, monogamy and fidelity are touched upon by Lorca and compared with “The Effects of Beetroot Juice Experiment” and “The Capilano Suspended Bridge Experiment” in an interactive way. The main goal is to create awareness about the way each individual function and then relates and affects others.

HEART/BEETS is a multidisciplinary project that studies Love from a scientific perspective in a creative and artistic experiment. In a performance, Araujo in collaboration with Tyler Ashley seek to confront public members through physicality, music that includes Araujo’s own heartbeat, immersive interactions with audience members and photography and videos made by the artist utilizing hearts and beets blending the line of reality and metaphorical worlds. She invites audiences to use what is given in the present moment and add it previous experiences to access deep awareness.

Creating awareness and consciousness are Araujo’s main interest. Araujo uses diverse media to focus stimuli to be experienced by each sense individually. Once awareness is awakened, there is an invitation to re-experience and engage all the senses as a collective. Through a contemplative practice of sensation, audiences can observe affective and cognitive process triggered by the external world. Senses, sensation, perception, awareness and consciousness is the path Arantxa Araujo suggests for mindful presence. Araujo attempts to spark curiosity in observers about theses processes to scrutinize about the relation of the exuberant world of stimulants and the inner personal journey of perception and its role on defining behavior.

As a multidisciplinary project, Araujo not only incorporates film, theater, photography, performance and installations with original music; but also incorporates her expertise in Yoga, Theater, Neuroscience and her upbringing as a catholic woman in Mexico City to share personal and professional experiences, and merge the world of Science with that of Art with strong passion hues and possibly a tasteful beetroot juice shot.

She encourages active participation of audiences where they become inhabitants of this world. Audience members are asked to write a piece and leave it in a “shrine” to explore the theme of detachment and ritual.

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Conceived Without Sin Paddle8 Action

Conceived Without Sin Paddle8 Auction

September 18-October 23, 2015

Conceived Without Sin is an exhibition and silent auction curated by Culturadora to benefit Radiator Arts. Radiator Arts (Radical Mediator for the Arts) provides local and international emerging and mid-career curators and artist-curators an excellent opportunity to work and learn about the operations of a multi-disciplinary organization. Radiator will regularly present contemporary art exhibitions, performances and video programs.

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Curator: Culturadora

Artists: Rachel Libeskind, Daniel Greenfield-Campoverde, Nick Fusaro, Romina Hendlin, Mei Xian Qiu, Tracey Snelling, Diego Zaks, Ariela Kader, Eric Corriel, Aranzazu Araujo


“The most outrageous lies that can be invented will find believers if a person only tells them with all his might.” Mark Twain.

Conceived Without Sin is an exhibition that proposes a new religion that reframes the longstanding ideology of Judeo-Christian thought. Participating artists have transformed the space into a modern day sanctuary, governed by the laws of communication and open thought, challenging archaic binary notions of good and evil. Conceived Without Sin presents how religion could look like from the perspective of a generation that has inherited the lessons of the most important social and political revolutions in history.

Growing up with the ubiquity of the Internet meant that at a young age we were granted immediate access to scientific data and different currents of thought, often with little oversight. Access to information encouraged challenging seminal religious stories like Virgin Mary’s mysterious pregnancy and aroused questions such as: Why does female sexuality have to be condemned? And, why must homosexuality be categorized as deviant behavior?

This proposal challenges the myths that religion has perpetuated regarding sexuality at large, but specifically homosexuality and bisexuality. The widespread political reform regarding same-sex marriage in North America has propelled some of these artists to question the ideology of the Judeo-Christianity model. According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, Millennials have the highest acceptance for same-sex marriage than any other generation. At 70 percent approval rating, this generation’s acceptance of sexual independence has led to greater social tolerance and is closing the gap of gender disparity. With such acceptance, religions are losing their power as the sole compass of morality and virtue.

The limited representation of race in religious imagery is another challenge we propose to address in the context of this exhibition. Historically, groups looking to strengthen their powers and suppress individual thought often devised artistic depictions of religious myths that favored their own agendas. Those without power were left out of the visual narratives that have served as the aesthetic norm for centuries.

Conceived Without Sin proposes a new religion where diversity is heralded, sexuality is respected, and debate is not only fostered but encouraged.

About Culturadora: Culturadora’s mission is to activate the next generation of art lovers and collectors by showcasing international artists through special projects and exhibitions.

Featured Image: Rachel Libeskind, Family Void, 2011, toothpaste and mixed media on scanner bed, dimensions variable

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