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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March 28, 2017, 6:30–8pm

Salon: Bita Razavi and Yvonne Mullock

Bita Razavi will speak about the influence of populist and nationalist-oriented movements on her practice. She will discuss a few of her works in relation to the rise of populist parties in different countries leading to her current project, Coloring Book for Concerned Adults, which she is working on during her ISCP residency.

Yvonne Mullock’s multidisciplinary art practice explores materiality and the processes embodied in the act of making. Ideas relating to the handmade, thriftiness and care have manifested in a number of projects. Mullock will present her most recent work Dark Horse, a short film that brings together familiar tropes in cowboy culture to inform an experimental horse-centric printmaking method. She will also discuss Desktop, an animation that pivots around rummage sales and fruiting fungi using processes of timelapse and cutout animation.

This program is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Participating Residents

February 28, 2017, 6:30–8pm

Salon: Areej Kaoud and Lukáš Machalický

Areej Kaoud’s art practice investigates emergency provisions through data accumulation, performance art, painting, writing and voice recordings. Her projects are layered and articulate the distances between anxiety, preparedness and the humor which takes place in preparing for non-immediate anticipated threats. Kaoud will speak about recent works in relation to the subject matter she has been exploring at ISCP, leading up to her current residency project Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Right Body, 2017. Her presentation will include a short performance demonstrating her interest in easing a state of anxiety by training to increase personal and psychological durability through vocal play.

Lukáš Machalický’s art installations can be read as essays that thematically cover, or wordlessly comment, on diverse social phenomena without confronting the viewer with a thesis. His works always have formal or architectural concerns; deviations, volatility, ambiguity and system failure all play a key role in his art. During his presentation, Machalický will speak about his previous and current work, as well as SPZ Gallery in Prague, which he co-founded in 2011.

This program is supported, in part, by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Participating Residents