Hunter East Harlem Gallery
2180 3rd Avenue and 119th Street
New York, NY
January 29, 6:30-8:30pm
Aaliya Zaveri, Attorney at the Masliah Firm, specializes in immigrant law. She will be on site at HEHG to review steps and tips for the O-1 Visa, and offer her expertise as an immigrant working in US law. www.themasliahfirm.com
The Extraordinary is group show of eight artists who have or are seeking an O-1 Non-immigration Visa: Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement. Qualification for an O-1 Visa is based on subjective and complicated set of criteria: that individuals be “renowned” and have “distinction” in their field. The exhibition aims to bring attention and transparency to the immigration process while also critiquing this very system. The Extraordinary is an exhibition that visa-seeking artists can list on their CVs as part of the visa-qualifying process. The exhibition checklist was generated from an open call that received 123 applications from artists from 40 different countries. The eight artists included here were selected by a prestigious jury made of immigrant arts workers.
The structure that surrounds The Extraordinary aims to locate HEHG as a resource for the community and a safe place for critical discourse around the misunderstandings and misconceptions about legal immigration. Programming will include workshops with immigration lawyers, an artist panel discussion, support group sessions with O-1 Visa holders, performances, and more. See full programming schedule here.