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Queens Art Intervention 2017

Deborah Wasserman

Jackson Heights

Location: Roosevelt Avenue

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In her performance, Hospitality, artist Deborah Wasserman invites guests into her Dwelling and offers them tea and hospitality.


While her Dwelling is purposely humble, transitory looking and make shift, she nevertheless seeks to create an expansive, communal experience instigated by the sheer action of sharing one’s space with others. 

Mrs. Wasserman’s performance also aims to shift the traditional, subservient and often limiting feminine role of a servitude into a powerful position where a woman hosts, instigates and is completely in charge of her physical body and space… 


Performed in Queens, the most diverse zip code in the USA, Hospitality examines our deep-rooted fears and attitudes in welcoming others, strangers and foreigners


Inspired by her rich South American and Middle-Eastern background, her life voyages and nomadic history, artist Deborah Wasserman makes personal, visceral, Feminist and socially engaged art centered on her experience of being a woman, a migrant, a mother, and a worker in today’s divided, Patriarchal society.


As a multi-cultural and multi lingual hybrid, Deborah’s art often reflects the yearning to belong and the urge to embrace multiplicity (of materials, processes, ideas and even variety of assumed personas), a diversity that defy hierarchy and represents the Many. Whether in painting or drawing, performance or video, installation or writing, Her art germinates from “in-betweeness” of space, the assimilation of dualities of high and low, public and private, beauty and repulsive, pathetic and glorified.


Deborah’s art is also stirred by the intense and yet gratifying demands of motherhood and ‘making a Home’ as well as by her newly found community in Jackson Heights, the most culturally diverse neighborhood in Queens, NY, where she lives. Finding Home and Community have shaped the artist vision forever, in assuming greater social responsibility, in wanting to shed light over marginalized subjects, in bringing aspects of care for women and girls, for the environment and for people at large, into her art practice.


Deborah is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.  She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, Experimental Television Center, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Aljira Center for the Arts and the America-Israel cultural foundation. Her work has been exhibited in the USA, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel, in such venues as The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Tel Aviv Museum of the Arts, The Museum Of New Art, The World Wide Video Festival, White Columns, Pierogi 2000, Socrates Park and A.I.R gallery. In 2016 Deborah was awarded an IAP Social Practice fellowship from NYFA and a Su- Casa grant from Queens Council On the Arts.

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This program is funded by:

Councilmember Funding

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