Eleana Antonaki, Orlee Malka, Sara Ouhaddou

Curated by Lila Nazemian within Protocinema’s Emerging Curator Series 2022

Now That We Have Established A Common Ground
Eleana Antonaki, Orlee Malka, Sara Ouhaddou
curated by Lila Nazemian within Protocinema’s Emerging Curator Series 2022

Exhibition: March 4 - April 2, 2022
Location: The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side, New York

Protocinema is happy to announce Lila Nazemian as curator of Protocinema’s 2022 emerging curator and The Clemente, New York as our institution partner for Now That We Have Established A Common Ground, the exhibition taking place within Protocinema’s Emerging Curator Series. Nazemian is mentored by Mari Spirito, Lumi Tan and Tirdad Zolghadr and the exhibition will be accompanied by a new edition of Protozine. Opening in March 2022, the exhibition  Now That We Have Established A Common Ground will include the works of the artists Eleana Antonaki, Orlee Malka and Sara Ouhaddou; and explores knowledge preservation and production through the lens of archeology, in futurist, past and contemporary imaginaries.

Protocinema launched in 2015 its annual Protocinema Emerging Curator Series (PECS), which provides professional training in the form of learning through doing, a professional mentorship program. PECS is an incubator for emerging curators to gain hands-on experience in exhibition making, from inception to completion, including fundraising and collaboration with partner institutions. Each selected curator works with mentors from the local and international arts community in order to gain guidance, knowledge and introductions into the exhibition-making process.

Lila Nazemian (she/her) is an independent curator and the Special Projects Curator at ArteEast in New York. Her research and curatorial practice is focused on reimagining approaches to early modern and medieval history from the SWANASA region in an effort to counter narrative revisionism and collective amnesia. Recent curatorial projects include: A Few In Many Places in New York, Governors Island New York, (2021); I open my eyes and see myself under a tree laden with fruit that I cannot name, Center for Book Arts, New York (2020); On Echoes of Invisible Hearts: Image Making and Popular Archiving in Times of Unrest, Station Beirut, (2019); On Echoes of Invisible Hearts: Narratives of Yemeni Displacement, Poetry Project, Berlin (2018); and Spheres of Influence, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran (2016). She received a B.A. in History from Scripps College, California; and an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from NYU, New York. She was a QAYYEM 2019 Curatorial Fellow, was among the inaugural participants of the 2018-2019 Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program in New York and participated in ICI’s 2018 Curatorial Intensive in Bangkok.

Protocinema is a cross-cultural art organization that commissions and presents site-aware art around the world. Our purpose is to support dialogue between cultures on equal footing, and create opportunities for listening & expression. By doing so, Protocinema aids development of relationships both at the mindfully-local & globally interconnected levels. Protocinema advocates for empathy, working towards an understanding of difference across regions through its exhibitions, commissions, public programs, publications, and mentorship program. Founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito, Protocinema is an ambulant nonprofit 501(c)3, free of ‘brick and mortar.’ Our locations are varied, responding both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground.

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center Inc. is a Puerto Rican/Latinx multi-arts cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and inclusive philosophy rooted in NYC’s Lower East Side/Loisaida. While focused on the cultivation, presentation, and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latinx culture, the Center is equally committed to a multi-ethnic / international latitude, determined to operate in a polyphonic manner that provides affordable working space and venues to artists, small arts organizations, emergent and independent community producers that reflect the cultural diversity of the LES and Loisaida.

Artists biographies:
Eleana Antonaki:
Orlee Malka:
Sara Ouhaddou: 

Press Inquiries: Protocinema: Alper Turan,, +49 17670518587, +90 5068706808; Mari Spirito,, +1917 660 7332 

Special Thanks: Koray Duman; Gülben Çapan; Libertad O. Guerra; The Clemente; Gallery Polaris, Paris.

Supporters: Protocinema is supported by Cowles Charitable Trust, New Jersey; Stephan Stoyanov, Sofia.