Exhibition
April 21–June 9, 2017

Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (CCA) at ISCP

ISCP has hosted an annual institution-in-residence since 2011. This annual residency was initiated to support cultural exchange by bringing an international perspective to a local context. This year, ISCP has invited CCA Lagos, an independent non-profit making visual art organization founded in December 2007 and based in Lagos, Nigeria to be in residence. CCA Lagos is in residence at ISCP through June 7th and will present an exhibition and series of public programs during this time.

In Nigeria, CCA Lagos provides a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture. It seeks to create new audiences and to prioritize media such as photography, film and video, performance and installation art which were traditionally under-represented in Nigeria. It supports, and presents the intellectual and critical work of art and culture practitioners through exhibitions and public programs. In addition, it encourages and promotes the professionalization of art production and curatorship in Nigeria and West Africa collaborating with artists, curators, writers, theorists and national and international organizations.

CCA Lagos at ISCP centers around the exhibition Orí méta odún méta ibìkan. Originally presented at CCA Lagos in 2016, this exhibition is reconstructed at ISCP and features selections from CCA Lagos’s archives as well as works in progress by three Nigerian artists–Kelani Abass, Taiye Idahor and Abraham Oghobase. The exhibition considers the residency as an extension of the artist’s studio, a space of experimentation, of errors and counter errors, as moments of freedom and possibilities. The works by all three artists come out of their observations and experiences during their separate residencies at the Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Austria. This is reflected in the title which translates as Three heads, three years, one place. Idahor’s collage installation is a self-portrait of her Salzburg studio—rethought for New York City—and made up of several pieces to make a mosaic on which she cuts, layers, and pastes bits and pieces that come from all three artists’ time and experience of Salzburg. Stamping and a local Nigerian Ankara cloth form the basis for Abass’s work, while Oghobase experiments with lithography as it relates to photography.

The exhibition will be supported by public programs throughout May including artist talks and roundtables. More details will be announced soon.

The artists’s residencies from 2013-2015 in Salzburg form part of an ongoing collaboration initiated and supported by Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Austria and CCA, Lagos.

This program is supported, in part, by New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Opening Reception: Apr 21, 2017, 6–9pm
Open Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6pm
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Open Studios
April 21–April 22, 2017

Spring Open Studios

Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 6–9pm
Open Hours: Saturday, April 22, 1–8pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a two-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 38 artists, artist collectives and curators from 22 countries currently in residence will present work in their studios. Twice a year, ISCP invites the public to Open Studios to view artwork and share conversations with artists and curators from all over the world. Concentrated in one three-story postindustrial loft building on the edge of Bushwick, ISCP has supported the creative advancement of residents for over twenty years, with a robust program of private individual workspaces and professional benefits.

ISCP has invited the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (CCA)an independent non-profit making visual art organization founded in December 2007 and based in Nigeria, as the 2017 institution-in-residence. Works by three artists from Nigeria—Kelani Abass, Taiye Idahor and Abraham Oghobase—will be featured in the exhibition Orí méta odún méta ibìkan, originally presented at CCA Lagos in 2016 and reconstructed at ISCP during Open Studios. Selections from the institution’s archives will also be included in the exhibition.

Gazelle Lost in Watts, curated by Pat Elifritz, MA candidate at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, will be on view in the Project Space throughout Open Studios. With contributions by past ISCP residents Julie Béna and Megan Francis Sullivan, current ISCP Ground Floor resident Raul Valverde, and poet Harmony Holiday, this exhibition addresses archival research. Gazelle Lost in Watts is organized around a poem of the same name by Harmony Holiday, and considers how every unique point of departure shapes the way history is understood.

Artist-designed temporary tattoos by residents Pekka & Teija Isorättyä will be provided free by Tattly throughout the event.

Open Studios participating artists and curators: Damir Avdagic (Norway), Honey Biba Beckerlee (Denmark), Nina Bovasso (United States), Elaine Byrne (United States/Ireland), Naomi Campbell (United States/Japan), Danilo Correale (Italy), Lourdes Correa-Carlo (United States), Alexis Dahan (United States/France), Anne de Vries (The Netherlands), Constant Dullaart (The Netherlands), Derek Dunlop (Canada), Mazaccio & Drowilal (France), Christian Falsnaes (Denmark), Antonio Fiorentino (Italy), Stephanie Gudra (Germany), Mark Hilton (United States), Tetsugo Hyakutake (Japan), Aki Inomata (Japan), Pekka & Teija Isorättyä (Finland), Jess Johnson (Australia/New Zealand), Ayesha Kamal Khan (United States/Pakistan), Ling-lin Ku (Taiwan), Elli Kuruş (Germany), Sonia Leimer (Austria/Italy), Jia-Jen Lin (Taiwan/United States), Tess Maunder (Australia), Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi (India), Yvonne Mullock (Canada/United Kingdom), Jonas Nobel (Sweden), Liam O’Brien (Australia), Liutauras Psibilskis (United States), Bita Razavi (Finland/Estonia/Iran), Lisa Seebach (Germany), Gian Maria Tosatti (Italy), Raul Valverde (United States/Spain), and Betty Yu (United States).

ISCP thanks the following residency sponsors: Alberta Foundation for the Arts; Alfred Kordelin Foundation; Arts Queensland; Asian Cultural Council; Australia Council for the Arts; BKA – Bundeskanzleramt Österreich Kunst und Kultur / Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria; Brisbane City Council; DAAD-Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst German Academic Exchange Service, North America; Danish Arts Foundation; Dedalus Foundation; Dr. David & Margery Edwards Charitable Giving Trust; Farnesina Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; IASPIS – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation; Italian Cultural Institute of New York; Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony; Kunststiftung NRW; Leila Elling; Manitoba Arts Council; Michael Buxton Collection; Ministry of Culture, Taiwan; Mondriaan Fund; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur and Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung; No Standard Pictures; Office for Contemporary Art Norway; Yoko Ono; Saastamoinen Foundation; The Italian Academy at Columbia University; Toby Devan Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; University of the Arts Helsinki; and Alice and Lawrence Weiner.

This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Arrogant Swine; Austrian Cultural Forum New York; Consulate General of Denmark in New York; Consulate General of Finland in New York; Consulate General of Sweden in New York; Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York; Greenwich Collection Ltd.; Lagunitas Brewing Company; The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York; and Tattly.

ISCP thanks the founding members of Director’s Circle for their generous support: Anne Altchek, Janet Brief Ezersky, Adrienne Henick, Ellen Rachlin, Lori Reinsberg, Arlene Richman and Laurie Sprayregen.

Opening Reception: Apr 21, 2017, 6–9pm
Open Hours: Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 1–8pm