Crossing Borders


Immigrant artists from Israel, Syria, Iran, Cuba, Haiti, and Venezuela share their art and personal stories about their cultural heritage intertwined with their American experience, and the impact of immigration and the new American culture on their lives and art making. The project entitled “Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East and Latin America” an art exhibition with cultural events from South Florida’s rich multicultural community. At the exhibit opening, attendants will experience “A Taste of the Middle East, and Latin America,” and engage the attendants in a facilitated dialogue focusing on building cultural understanding, dispelling stereotypes, and fostering awareness of immigrants from the Middle East, Latin America and beyond with stories of their history in the U.S. This will be shared through videos, photos, and text as it contributes to the American fabric.

The exhibit will be in-person at a gallery and online viewing room with cultural programs featuring the American Days of Middle Eastern and Latin American Arts and Culture with Zoom lectures and live streaming of presentations by Middle Eastern, Cuban, Haitian, and Venezuelan musicians, poets, performers, scholars, filmmakers, and culinary arts to further enrich the events which makes this project accessible beyond physical space and the local community.

Participating Artists for Crossing Borders project

Tony Khawam at his studio in Miami, FL
Ilan Averbuch at his studio in Brooklyn, NY
José Bedia at his studio in Miami, FL
Linda Behar Artist Talk at IPCNY, NYC
Edouard Duval-Carrie at his studio in Miami
Zahra Nazari at her studio in New York City
Nizar Sabour at his studio in Damascus, SY

Tony Khawam was born in Aleppo, Syria, immigrated to the U.S. in 1977. He is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and now lives and works in Miami. He is an artist and curator deeply rooted in his Middle Eastern heritage intertwined with the American culture. His work explores social and heritage structures that objectify marginalized communities and the bodies of vulnerable populations especially the immigrants, and examines the cross-cultural dynamic in our communities. Just as essential to his work is a social engagement practice through which he reframes objectifying societal structures by bringing contemporary arts and ideas into different multicultural communities through arts and cultural institutions. Work Samples

Ilan Averbuch was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, immigrated to the U.S. in 1978 and a graduate with MFA from Hunter College and BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY, and now lives and works in New York City. His cultural heritage and experiences are well incorporated into his creative thinking through historical legends, ancient art from his birth place Israel and new life in America “The path to art, isolation and impatience as a creative force, how the landscape around you creates your artistic palette” Averbuch said. The process of his work is by doing a drawing of an idea, then building small sculptures by using old and new materials, such as stone, steel, concrete, wood, aluminum and propose for commissioned monumental sculptures. Work Samples

José Bedia was born in La Havana, Cuba and graduated with honors from the ISA , Instituto Superior de Arte de la Habana, Cuba. He was a pioneer of the radical transformation of Cuban Art that inaugurated the Exhibition Volume 1, which Bedia was integral part of it. His passion for the primal Amerindians complemented his anthropological studies on Afro-Transatlantic cultures, studying in depth the faith, believes and religion of “La Regla Kongo” (in which he was initiated in 1983), the “ Regla de Ocha”, and Leopard Society of Abakuas, among many others. Work Samples

Linda Behar was born in Caracas, Venezuela and now lives and works in Florida, she was trained in the “Academia Taller Arte y Fuego” in Caracas between 1994 and 1998. She became a specialist in Glass Casting and Pate de Verre through studies and workshops in Italy and USA. She immigrated to the US in 2000, and earned a MFA degree with emphasis in printmaking from Florida Atlantic University, FL. Her work has centered in the representation of women’s bodies and gender identities throughout history, more specifically focused on body language as it relates to gender norms. Work Samples

Edouard Duval Carrié was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and now lives and works in Miami. He is a graduate with MFA from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, and BFA from Loyola College, Montréal. He is an artist-curator and an educator, who challenges the viewer to make meaning of dense iconography derived from Caribbean history, politics, and religion. His mixed media works and installations present migrations and transformations, often human and spiritual with emphasis on materials and through consistent attention to translucent and reflective mediums, such as glitter, glass, and resin. Work Samples

Zahra Nazari was born in Hamedan, Iran, immigrated to the U.S. in 2010 and a graduate with MFA from the State University of New York, New Paltz, NY, and BFA from the School of Art & Architecture, Islamic Azad University of Tabriz, Iran. She now lives and works in New York City. Her large-scale abstracted architectural paintings are formed by ideas about identity, immigration issues, and how globalization is changing our perceptions. Her imagery is based on traditional Middle Eastern architecture and Postmodernist western architecture. Work Samples

Nizar Sabour received his PhD in art philosophy from Strugunov Academy in Moscow and now lives and works in Damascus and Moscow. The influence of Syrian-Russian cultures are reflected in his work which splits between two themes, the first has religious undertones, focusing on the artist’s fascination with historical imagery and icons whether Christian, Islamic or non-Abrahamic traditions and the second theme is very poetic. His images tend to appear archaic, utilizing traditional elements silkscreened with paint, sand, and ash on canvas, with a flattened perspective and spots of colored shapes. He employs motifs reminiscent of the European Dada movement rather than the precision of historical iconography. The Icons, Maaloula and Palmyra have a correlation to the historical and religious places in Syria where the extremists entered towns and ransacked the culture. Work Samples

A full color 38 page art exhibition catalogue currently in production and will be available for the exhibits

This project has won the best in visual art from Florida Division of Cultural Affairs “Individual Specific Cultural Project Award” (2021/22), and partially sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Broward County Cultural Division, and individuals like you. We need your support to do three exhibitions in three Florida cities. Here’s how you can help with three tiers of sponsorship, Corporate, Small Business and Individual Sponsorship:
Collector $500 – Logo or individual’s name on exhibit flyer, website, social media and PR release.
Muse $250 – Logo or individual’s name on exhibit flyer, website, and social media.
Canvas $150 – Name on social media.
My goal is to raise at least $5,000 in sponsorships (Contact Me for Sponsorship)

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Kendall Art Center and Rodriguez Collection presents

CROSSING BORDERS: Artists from the Middle East and Latin America
August 6 – Sept 3, 2021 – Kendall Art Center, Rodriguez Collection, 12063 SW 131st Ave. Miami, FL

A selection made by art curator Tony Khawam. The exhibition showcases the work of Immigrant artists from Cuba, Haiti, Iran, Israel, Syria, and Venezuela share their art and personal stories about their cultural heritage intertwined with their American experience, and the impact of immigration and the new American culture on their lives and art making. 

Featured artworks by Ilan Averbuch, José Bedia, Linda Behar, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Ivonne Ferrer, Tony Khawam, Zahra Nazari, and Nizar Sabour. (

A full slate of events has been scheduled for “KAC Live.” Events are accessible via Zoom, Facebook Live on events page here. (RSVP on EventBrite for Zoom events)

Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East and Latin America curated by Tony Khawam, winner of the “Individual Artist Award, Specific Cultural Project” Florida Division of Arts & Culture, and partially sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, and Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs. This exhibition will continue on Artsy through September, 2021.

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Fractured Atlas, a non profit 501 (c) (3) is one of America’s premier art organization that empower artist’s project becomes a reality through fiscal sponsorship on the artist’s fundraising page, all contributions are tax deductible. (Fundraising link will be here soon)

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