2019 ARTPORT RESIDENCY

Meet the new Artists-in-Residence

2019 ArtPort Artists ( left to right): Linda Ganjian, Holger Keifel, Davi Leventhal, Natsuki Takauji & Haksul Lee. Photo: Conrad Barclay, Credit PANYNJ

2019 ArtPort Artists ( left to right): Linda Ganjian, Holger Keifel, Davi Leventhal, Natsuki Takauji & Haksul Lee. Photo: Conrad Barclay, Credit PANYNJ


Session 1

April – June, 2019

Holger Keifel – Photographer, Astoria

Holger Keifel

Holger Keifel

Holger plans to transform the ArtPort space into a photo studio. During his residency, the artist will invite travelers to have their portraits taken. At the photo session, Holger will speak with the visitor about their flight plans, encouraging a deeper conversation about thoughts on traveling in general. Holger will display his portraits in the studio space, and the portraits and quotes from his interviews will later be compiled into a photo book documenting the entire project.

Learn more about Holger’s ArtPort project here
Access Holger’s artist website here


Session 2

July – September, 2019

Davi Leventhal – Visual Artist, Astoria

Davi Leventhal

Davi Leventhal

Davi will create fuxicos (foo-SHEE-koohs), a traditional Brazilian decoration often made from fabric scraps. The name of this craft can also be translated from Portuguese as “gossip”, and the activities often go hand-in-hand, with participants sharing stories while they work. With the goal of filling the entire space with these colorful, flowerlike objects, Davi will spend his residency fabricating fuxicos in-studio. He will invite visitors to the studio space to learn this simple technique and create fuxicos with him. Davi aims to have the crafting process foster conversation between himself and visitors while working on this social art project.

View more on the Artist’s Website here and the Fuxico project at fuxicoproject.com


Session 3

October – December 2019

Linda Ganjian – Visual Artist, Jackson Heights

Linda Ganjian

Linda Ganjian

Linda will design and print original postcards that will feature abstracted illustrations of the Queens landscape, from landmarks to more quotidian spaces, and including areas around the airport. Old and new postcard designs will cover the studio space in a tile-like pattern, creating a visually engaging site-specific installation. Travelers will be invited to visit the studio space to engage with the artist and take a postcard as a souvenir.


View more on the Artist’s Website here 


Session 4

January – March 2020

Haksul Lee & Natsuki Takauji – Sculptors, Flushing & Astoria

Natsuki Takauji & Haksul Lee

Natsuki Takauji & Haksul Lee

 This duo will create a 5-to-6-foot-tall sculpture that will consist of a white airplane and a blue airplane, positioned together as mirror images. Visitors to the studio will be asked to write their names in their own language, as well as be recorded pronouncing their name. On the white plane, the artists will transcribe the original signatures, showcasing the different handwriting styles, languages, and alphabets of the visitors. The blue plane will have the same names as the white one, but they will be transcribed in the standardized International Phonetic Alphabet based on the visitor’s pronunciation of their own names. Displaying the names both in the original language on the white plane and in a uniform style on the blue, the sculpture celebrates the cultural diversity of the visitors and New York as a whole.

You can visit Haksul’s website here and Natsuki’s website here


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LaGuardia General Manager Lysa Scully making remarks during the 2019 ArtPort Launch Event. Photo: Conrad Barclay. Courtesy PANYNJ

LaGuardia General Manager Lysa Scully making remarks during the 2019 ArtPort Launch Event. Photo: Conrad Barclay. Courtesy PANYNJ


The QCA ArtPort Residency is a program of the Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Art Fund that is supported in part by the NYC DCLA, Greater NY Arts Development Fund, in partnership with the NYC Council and in partnership with PANYNJ.