Interspace: Xavier Acarín & Baseera Khan

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Join Abrons AIRspace residents, Xavier Acarín and Baseera Khan, for a moderated conversation with Lia Gangitano, founder of PARTICIPANT INC. Studio and curatorial practice evidence will be on view. Abrons’ AIRspace program offers time-based residencies to emerging and mid-career artists and cross-disciplinary curators, providing free workspaces and opportunities to present/exhibit works-in-progress, curate exhibits and performances in the Abrons’ galleries and theaters, and teach in school-based education programs.


Xavier Acarín is a curator and researcher from Barcelona based in New York. He has worked as an art producer for various institutions in Spain and in the United States and received his MA from the Center of Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Acarín’s projects have been presented at Chez Bushwick, Elastic City, The New School for Social Research, and Peekskill Project 6. He has been curator-in-residence at the Helsinki International Curatorial Programme. His writings have been published at A-Desk, Culturas-La Vanguardia, Terremoto and BRAC (University of Barcelona) and he has participated as author of the books Designing Experience (Bloomsbury, 2014), and Dear Helen (CCS Bard, 2014).

Baseera Khan is a New York based artist. Her visual and written work focuses on performing visualized patterns of emigration and exile that are shaped by economic, social, and political changes throughout the world with a special interest in decolonization practices. Khan is preparing for her first solo exhibition at Participant Inc., New York City (2017). Her past exhibitions include: “Subject to Capital” Abrons Art Center, New York City (2016); “Arrivals” Out to See, New York City (2014); “TX*13” Texas Biennial 5th Anniversary Survey Group Exhibition, Texas (2014); “Picturing Parallax” San Francisco State University, California (2011); and “Hindu Kush” Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, California (2009). She was an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Artist Residency, Skowhegan, Maine (2014). She was an International Fellow in Israel/Palestine through Apexart, New York City (2015), and an artist in residence at Process Space LMCC (2015). Khan is currently part-time faculty at Parsons, The New School for Design. She received her M.F.A. at Cornell University (2012) and B.F.A from the University of North Texas (2005).


Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, a not-for-profit art space on the Lower East Side of New York, in 2001, presenting exhibitions by Virgil Marti, Charles Atlas, Kathe Burkhart, Michel Auder, and Renée Green, among others. As former curator of Thread Waxing Space, NY, her exhibitions, screenings, and performances include Spectacular Optical (1998), Luther Price: Imitation of Life (1999), The Life Casts of Cynthia Plaster Caster: 1968-2000 (2000), Børre Sæthre: Module for Mood (2000) and Sigalit Landau(2001). She is editor of Dead Flowers (2010) and the forthcoming anthology, The Alternative to What? Thread Waxing Space and the ’90s. As an associate curator, she co-curated Dress Codes (1993) and Boston School (1995) for The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and edited the publications New Histories (with Steven Nelson, ICA Boston, 1997) and Boston School (ICA Boston, 1995). She has contributed to publications including TRANS>, The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema, Lovett/Codagnone, Whitney Biennial 2006–Day for Night, and 2012 Whitney Biennial. She has also served as a Curatorial Advisor for P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, a MoMA Affiliate, with exhibitions including Lutz Bacher, My Secret Life (2009).