The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB) is a multi-disciplinary multi venue exhibition project of critically engaged contemporary art made by immigrant artists from around the world. To be presented in New York City every two years, TIAB sets out to form an international dialogue through exhibition of ambitious projects, performances, panels, etc with an aim to facilitate a diverse and experimental discourse as well as build a globally connected and united community in the times of extreme anti-immigrant sentiment, unrest, discrimination and exclusion.
The Immigrant Artist Biennial seeks to develop urgent and innovative relationship between artists and audiences. Established and directed, by Immigrant Artist, Curator, Organizer and Educator, Katya Grokhovsky and led by a team of arts professionals, TIAB seeks to create a platform for exchange and presentation of projects by often overlooked and silenced voices.
The premier presentation of The Immigrant Artist Biennial will be conceptualized around the theme of otherness, separation and alienation and will select first generation immigrant artists, based in US, who work in difficult to define mediums, such as interdisciplinary works, performances, installations, ephemeral mediums, sound, sculpture, video, digital and virtual technologies, text, books, public art. TIAB is based on the premise of equal gender and race representation, highlighting the inequality and bias which is still prevalent in the art world today.
TIAB is designed to attract a diverse audience, both within the existing artworld networks and broader immigrant and multicultural communities nationally and internationally.
Katya Grokhovsky was born in Ukraine, raised in Australia and is based in NYC. She is an artist, curator, educator and a Founding Artistic Director of The Immigrant Artist Biennial. Grokhovsky holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Art and BA (Honors) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including Pratt Fine Arts Studio Residency, Wythe Hotel Residency, Art and Law Fellowship, The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Studios Program, BRICworkspace Residency, Ox-BOW School of Art Residency, Wassaic Artist Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Studios at MASS MoCA, VOX Populi Curatorial Fellowship, NARS Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Watermill Center Residency and more. She has been awarded the Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship, ArtSlant 2017 Prize, Asylum Arts Grant, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and others. In 2018, Grokhovsky was the lead curator of Art in Odd Places: BODY Public Art Festival and accompanying Exhibition at Westbeth Gallery and in 2015 she was the AUX Curatorial Fellow at VOX Populi. She has recently curated exhibitions and performances at Lesley Heller Workspace, NARS Foundation, The BORDER project space, Parasol Projects, Kunstraum, Grace Exhibition space, Art Mora, L.I.C Arts, VOX Populi, Chashama, Defibrillator gallery, Zhou B Art Center, Heaven gallery and more. Her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally.