Art should never be elite. Here, art is an inclusive journey and we’re bringing everyone along for the ride.
The New Futures program is part of our continued mission to break down traditional barriers of the contemporary art world by giving prizing to talented, often underrepresented, emerging artists. Each recipient is given free exhibition space at The Other Art Fair along with access to networks and opportunities designed to jump-start their careers.
Recipients are chosen in collaboration with art world experts and local creative partners to bring their respective talents and differing perspectives.
NEW FUTURES CLASS OF 2023
Marion Aschbacher is a London-based, Reunion Island-born artist specialising in painting and sculpture. Her work explores themes of diaspora and nostalgia, referencing her home country to draw upon cultural references and experiences surrounding her childhood. Marion graduated from Goldsmiths University with a BA degree in Fine Art and has featured in numerous group shows in London. She is currently part of Floor Five collective.
Keisuke Azuma is a London-based artist from Japan. His practice revolves around emotions and memories portrayed through landscapes and the natural world. A wide range of people are able to connect with Keisuke’s work regardless of their familiarity with contemporary art as his artwork invites them to explore their own inner states, opening up an infinite range of interpretations and meanings. Keisuke studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts where he developed his intuitive abstract expression.
Brianne More paints to uplift and honor women of the past, present, and future. Her bold use of colors create images that encourage women to love themselves, to be themselves, whatever that looks like. Brianne invites women of color around the world to view themselves as powerful, beautiful, vibrant, creative, dynamic, and human.
Jessica Vollrath tells spiritual narratives of humankind’s eternal search for its’ connection to immortality. Raised outside of conventional ideations around gender, race, body and identity, her work explores deeper existential questions regarding who we are in connection to the whole. Jessica works primarily in oil paint.
Mônica’s organic shapes and tubular forms made of textiles will transport you to the sea. In her artistic practice, Monica explores textiles, photography, performance, even sensory and wearable objects. Born in Brazil, Mônica currently lives in Dallas.
Arthur Midianga is a Kenyan American expressionist based in Brooklyn, NY. Passionate about his craft from an early age, he is returning to the art world with a vengeance after working on Wall St for the last few years. Through each brush stroke, his art allows him to become an extension of his ancestral history, amplifying the voices of the unheard.
Sacha Carlos- Raps
Sacha (‘sa-tcha’) Carlos – Raps is a Filipina immigrant and self-taught artist based in Brooklyn. She specializes in stained glass, printmaking and illustrations. Her art practice is her rebellious demonstration against the good immigrant binary and the post-diasporic expectations for “first gens”. Through figurations and visual narratives, Sacha aims to provide memoiric totems that embrace the kaleidoscopic inner self and the absurd. It will always be an invitation for communal interaction and dialogue.
Born and raised in the Lower East Side of New York City, David’s photographs are an observation into the dynamics between the environment and those who inhabit them. Working primarily with analogue photographic materials and processes, David’s curiosity is shaped by the interaction between the materiality of a photograph, and the constant negotiation between chance and control.
Quirky bones is a multi-disciplinary artist, working mostly in textile and fibre artists. Her work in inspired by the natural world, and anatomy, creating interactive and sometimes education pieces, that challenge viewers ideas of the objects they interact with on a daily basis – expect to see anatomical rugs, tufted objects, and perhaps even wearable pieces!
Elliot, also known as ‘Elbow’ has been painting since he was 13, both on the canvas and in the street. He’s worked on large scale murals as well as on canvas, combining the brush and aerosol and challenging traditional notions of painting and fine art. He’s focused on bringing viewers into the process, rather than celebrating the spectacle of art that is often reinforced in traditional art spaces.
Ray Madrigal (They/ Them)
Ray Madrigal is trying to think clearly in a foggy time, and making helps them do that. Madrigal hopes that whatever clarity, absurdity, and medicine they dig up in their own work may also be experienced by those who encounter it. They have a queer soft spot for things that are trying their hardest (and often failing) to be something they are not.
Theo Schweiger (He/Him)
Theo Schweiger萧世通 is a multidisciplinary artist from Shanghai and San Francisco, currently living in Chicago. His focus is on painting, drawing, and photography, working primarily with figure and experience to explore the basis of subjective reality: perspective, emotion, reflection, unconscious, and time. Tormented by forgotten moments and intangible figures, Theo 萧世通 works tirelessly to preserve what he can of the past while exploring the nuances of life in the present. His artwork emphasizes the fleeting and malleable nature of existence by embracing the unforgiving, cyclical relationship between imagination, hope, and memory.
Emilie Plunkett (they/them) is a poet and photographer based in Chicago, their practice focuses on the domestic space and the mess, comfort and materiality of that intimate environment. They enjoy long walks by the lake, Alice Austen’s photographs and plums.
Solène Biche is a French artist and architectural designer. Her work playfully interprets and unpacks global issues that reflect today’s cultural and commercial landscape. Solène’s decadent monuments catalyze connection and empowerment.
Alex’s daring approach to collage challenges Post-War American Mythology. They explore the early 20th century displacement of Jewish families and the effects of war, mass production and false salvation. Their ongoing series, Invented Futures, reimagines nationalism, memorialism and connection across generations.
Step into Emiliana Henriquez’s world of women. Inspired by both classical and modern figurative artists, her bold uses of lime green, deep red, and cobalt blue create mythic worlds sparking deep emotional connections of vulnerability and solace. Emiliana’s dreamlike landscapes transcend cultural differences and bring us closer together.
Natasha Muluswela’s intricately detailed drawings explore body positivity whilst simultaneously shaking off the white gaze. Hugely thought-provoking and one to watch.
Goldsmiths graduate Kavitha Balasingham brings together cartoon physics and portals to “teleport you into the unknown eerie space where nostalgia and technology soften your wibbly wobbly eyes”.