Exhibition
September 26–November 3, 2017

Ayesha Kamal Khan: Extraction

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 26, 6–8pm

Extraction is a solo exhibition in ISCP’s Project Space featuring both new and existing work by Ayesha Kamal Khan, ISCP alumna and a recipient of The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund residency at ISCP. A series of small sculptures and drawings will be on view, accompanied by Khan’s first artist’s book, titled This is Temporary. The publication is structured as a long-form poem with images of artwork throughout. The sculptures on view examine the concept of home and collective memory, evoke the precariousness of secure space, and allude to the temporary solutions we devise as we seek balance in our everyday surroundings.

Ayesha Kamal Khan (born 1987) graduated from the National College of Arts, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, 2011; earned an MFA from Pratt Institute, New York, 2015; and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, 2015. Khan lives and works between Brooklyn and Islamabad. She has exhibited at art institutions internationally, including Art Chowk in Karachi, the Cuadro Gallery in Dubai, and the Queens Museum in New York.

This exhibition is coordinated by Alexandra Friedman, Program Coordinator at ISCP.

This program is supported, in part, by The New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Opening Reception: Sep 26, 2017
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Participating Residents

ISCP Talk
September 19, 2017, 6:30–8pm

Salon: Kristyna and Marek Milde and Yumiko Ono

Kristyna and Marek Milde will speak about their art practice and current project Home in a Home, a research-based work that explores domestic identities. Specifically, they investigate the role of collecting nonfunctional objects and memorabilia in creating personal space. The Mildes’ art practice engages themes of modern lifestyles and everyday realities, including domesticity, food, and a variety of cultural rituals that explore society’s alienation from the wider environmental context.

Yumiko Ono will address her interest in communist culture, especially in the field of architecture and how the idea of utopia connects to her own cultural background. She will explain how this interest circulates throughout her current research in New York. Ono will also present past works to demonstrate the evolution of her work from a particular point of view about form.

This program is supported, in part, by Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association, Gallery 301, New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

6:30–8pm

Participating Residents

ISCP Talk
September 12, 2017, 6:30–8:30pm

A special ISCP evening of book launches and performance

Book launches: The Characters by Tonje Bøe Birkeland and Staging, edited by Rosario Güiraldes, co-published by Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and International Studio & Curatorial Program

Performance: The Witching Hour: A Concert by Zorka Wollny and Ami Yamasaki

The book The Characters # I-IV is a retrospective book by ISCP alumna Tonje Bøe Birkeland, that holds together her projects from the past eight years. Birkeland’s work explores the authenticity of history through self-portraits that recreate expeditions of female explorers and heroines from the past. Each of The Characters makes its own meta-journey: through Greenland, Mongolia, the mountains of Norway and Switzerland, and to Bhutan. These photographs expound time and place, while investigating personality and physical limits. Birkeland demonstrates that fantasy and photography can fill a void in history, while revealing some of contemporary society’s challenges: globalized colonization on the one hand and the loss of the great adventure on the other. The book is printed in 300 copies, each numbered by hand.

The book launch will also include the publication Staging, edited by Rosario Güiraldes. Co-published by Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and ISCP, 2017, the book includes work by eight artists and seven curators. Staging documents and expands upon the first of ISCP and CCS Bard’s collaborations begun in Fall 2015.

The evening will end with The Witching Hour, a short music event by current ISCP resident Zorka Wollny who has invited vocalist and media artist Ami Yamasaki to collaborate on a two-part concert. Purely vocal composition, the poetic performance of Yamasaki will define the beginning and the end of the mysterious moment known as the witching hour. She will create the framework for Wollny’s concert, who together with a small group of performers, will present a world of alienated noises, cracks, hums and whispers.

This program is supported, in part, by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Director’s Circle, New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

6:30–8:30pm

Participating Residents