Embodiments of Love and Diasporic Stories
Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM

In this conversation we'll lean into a discussion about the way in which materials and stories are embodied, a core theme in Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial.


AIM artists Victoria-Idongesit Udondian, Estelle Maisonett, and Gina Goico will be joined in conversation with moderator, Monika Fabijanska. We'll talk in detail about the artists' specific works, their relationship to each other, and their relationship to us, the viewer. 


To view a recording of this event, please click HERE



Installation image of "LovingSUITS" (2021) by Gina Goico. Photo by Argenis Apolinario Photography.

Gina Goico is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and self-proclaimed necia. Through their work, Goico navigates their identity and the spaces where they exist in the Dominican Republic and the United States. Through their career they have come to create a diverse body of work that ranges from embroidery to installations, ink drawings and performance. Goico also facilitates spaces for temporary communities and dialogues around healing in the current status quo.


Goico was a Van Lier Fellow and artist in residence with Smack Mellon. They also participated in AIM fellowship at The Bronx Museum of the Arts; The Laundromat Project, Kelly Street Resident Artist, among others. They have exhibited in the US and the Dominican Republic, and continue to actively support socio-political initiatives in the island and in diaspora. Goico holds an AAS in Fine Arts and Illustration from Altos de Chavon the School of Design in the Dominican Republic and a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons. They also hold a MA in Arts Politics from NYU and is a PhD student in Performing and Media Arts at Cornell.


Installation image of "Pink" (2021) and "Shopping on a Rainy Day" (2015) by Estelle Maisonett. Photo by Argenis Apolinario Photography.

Estelle Maisonett is a Mexican Puerto-Rican mixed-media interdisciplinary artist born and raised in the Bronx, New York. Her work is an investigation of how personal relationships to objects and materials inform preconceived notions of identity, economic status, accessibility, race, sexual orientation, and gender.


Maisonett received her BFA from SUNY Purchase College in 2013, was a 2021 New Wave Artist in Residence, 2018 Artist in the MarketPlace Fellow at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and a 2018 BronxArtSpace Summer Artist in Residence. Estelle has exhibited with Chashama, Silent Barn, Field Projects, Bronx Art Space, El Barrio ArtSpace at PS109, Latchkey Gallery, Longwood art Gallery, The Andrew Freedman Home, Hostos College, The School of Visual Arts and SUNY Purchase College amongst others.

Installation image of "Akaisang" (2019 - 2021) and "1277,1245" (2020 - 2021) by Victoria-Idongesit Udondian. Photo by Argenis Apolinario Photography.

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian's work is driven by her interest in textiles and the potential for clothing to shape identity, informed by the histories and tacit meanings embedded in everyday materials. In 2020, Udondian was named a Guggenheim fellow. She has been exhibited internationally, this includes The Inaugural Nigerian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial-An Excerpt, Fisher Landau Centre for the Arts, New York; The Bronx Museum, NY; The Children Museum of Manhattan, New York; National Museum, Lagos; Whitworth Gallery in Manchester etc. Some of her Artist Residencies include, Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil; Mass Moca, Massachusetts, USA; Fine Arts Work Centre (FAWC), Provincetown; USA; Fondazione di Venezia, Venice and Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg. Udondian received an MFA in Sculpture and New Genres from Columbia University, New York and a BA in painting from the University of Uyo, Nigeria.


Monika Fabijanska headshot. Image by Bartlomiej Barczyk Agencja Gazeta

Monika Fabijanska is an independent art historian and curator based in New York City, who specializes in women's and feminist art. In 2021, she curated critically acclaimed Betsy Damon. Passages: Rites and Rituals (La MaMa Galleria, 2021), mentioned among The New York Times best shows of 2021. Her ecofeminism(s) (Thomas Erben Gallery, 2020), featuring the works by Agnes Denes, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Mary Mattingly, Ana Mendieta, Cecilia Vicuña, etc., was reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and Flash Art, among others. Groundbreaking The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S. (Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, 2018) was ranked the fifth best NYC art show in 2018 by Hyperallergic. Fabijanska provided the initiative and curatorial consulting for The Museum of Modern Art acquisition and retrospective exhibition of Alina Szapocznikow (2012). She has mentored Bronx Museum AIM fellows since 2019.



Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial is made possible by Christie's, Martin Weinstein and Tereza Liszka, Debbie Rechler, Cher Lewis, Friends of AIM, and SRI Fine Art Services.


The AIM Fellowship program is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Miranda Family Fund.






Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial is one of the exhibitions that celebrates The 50th Anniversary of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. To mark this milestone, we are celebrating the cultural wealth of our communities and bringing to light the stories, voices, and visions of artists seeking a more just and equitable world.

Thank you to our generous supporters without whom our 50th Anniversary programming would not be possible.

Anonymous; Agnes Gund; Bloomberg Philanthropies; Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust; Lily Auchincloss; Sciame Construction, LLC; May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.; and, the Bronx Museum’s Board of Trustees. List in formation.







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