Crossing Borders


Through this traveling exhibit to three US cities, five artists from Syria, Israel, Iran, Cuba and Haiti share their art and personal stories about their cultural heritage experience intertwined with their American experience, and the impact of immigration and the new American culture on their lives and art making. At each exhibit opening, the local Middle Eastern and Latino and other community members will experience “A Taste of the Middle East” presented by Middle East Supper Club Women immigrants. During openings, we will engage the unusual suspects from 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 their history in the U.S. This will be shared through videos, photos and text as it contributes to the American fabric. The exhibit entitled “CROSSING BORDERS: ARTISTS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST & LATIN AMERICA” an art exhibit with cultural events for “American Days of Middle Eastern and Latino Arts & Culture” with in-person and online Zoom with live streaming of lectures, performances, poetry, film screening, and culinary arts further enrich the events which makes this project accessible beyond physical space and the local community.

Meet the Collaborating Artists for Crossing Borders project

Tony Khawam in his studio in Miami, FL
Ilan Averbuch in his studio in Brooklyn, NY
Zeek Mathias visiting Haiti
Zahra Nazari in her studio in Brooklyn, NY

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

Zeek Mathias was born in Haiti and raised in Miami where he continues to live and work. He is a photographer and multimedia artist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in behavioral science from the University of Miami. He is the founder of “Juicing with Art” and “A Reflection of Me” that promote Haitian culture to engage the multicultural communities of South Florida which earned him numerous awards and recognition for his photography, music and multimedia projects.  Zeek travels frequently to Haiti to experience his heritage and to get inspirations for his artistic venues by focusing on ordinary people in Haiti’s rural areas who are living in isolation from the world due to the limited resources and the absence of technology that can connect them with the world. Zeek’s vision is to bring forth the hidden characters of his subjects that define his artistic practice through photography, and multimedia projects to raise awareness and create space for dialogue about Haiti’s cultural heritage intertwined with his American experience.

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

A full color 38 page art exhibition catalogue currently in production and will be available soon

This project has won Florida Division of Cultural Affairs “Individual Specific Cultural Project Award” (2021-2022); also, partially sponsored by Broward County Cultural Division; ArtServe and individuals like you. We need your support to do three exhibitions in three U.S. 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.

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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