Alina&Jeff Bliumis are an artist team both born abroad but living in the United States for more than a decade.
Inspired by their personal immigration experience, they explore in their work cultural standards, foreignness and national identity through projects and sculptural installations, often placed in communal spaces that incorporate a public dialogue.
This year, they have placed the following ad for residents of the Bronx, via local media and social networking sites: ”New York-based husband and wife artist team are offering a painting in exchange for an invitation to a family dinner. Please email or call for more info.”
Over the next month, they had dinner with 13 families all over the Bronx. Along this journey, we have met wonderful people, had meaningful conversations, enjoyed tasty meals and gained a new perspective on the Bronx community.
All 13 paintings stayed in the families. But the resulting series of 13 photo family portraits, A Painting for a Family Dinner / Bronx, NY is part of No Longer Empty’s This Side of Paradise exhibition and is on display at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th St, Bronx, NY until June 4, 2012.