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February'24 Newsletter: Emerging Artist Amy Zaleta-Martinez Devotes Show to Stateless People

—Painted Borders: Portraits of the Stateless Sojourner opens Saturday March 23, from 4pm-8:30p.m. at 173 Elizabeth Street, NY NY 10012

—A portion of the proceeds will go to support United Stateless

The Sundry Collective is thrilled to announce the opening of a groundbreaking exhibition, "Painted Borders - Portraits of the Stateless Sojourner." 

This series of paintings, by emerging artist Amy Zaleta-Martinez, explores the profound and often overlooked journey of individuals without a nationality. 

Inspired by the Six Continents sculptures outside the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, the artist embarked on a deep dive into the complexities of how nations and borders are defined. Through her research, she discovered the harrowing plight of stateless people and the challenges they face in acquiring citizenship and laying claim to a birthplace.

With great sensitivity, Amy has created a collection of paintings that not only capture the unique identities of stateless people but also imbue them with dignity and strength. Each powerful depiction is juxtaposed with a travel poster style background—an irony representing the statelessness of the individuals portrayed.

The exhibition also includes three deeply personal portraits of individuals affected by statelessness living in the United States, including United Stateless Executive Director Karina Ambartsoumian-Clough. Through these intimate portrayals, Amy seeks to shed light on the experiences of those trapped in the realm of statelessness and the urgent need for awareness, education, and legislative change.

United Stateless Executive Director Karina Ambartsoumian-Clough said:

“We’re delighted to be a part of Amy’s exhibition and grateful she has made such a concerted effort to explore the issues of statelessness in her work. It’s wonderful that she has chosen to open the exhibition in New York City and we look forward to a lively and engaging opening party.”


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