ISCP Talk
May 27, 2021, 4-5pm

Artists at Work: Daniel Ramos in Conversation with Monica Espinel hosted by Culture Pass

Artists at Work: Daniel Ramos in Conversation with Monica Espinel hosted by Culture Pass is a virtual event hosted by Culture Pass, a collaborative program coordinated by Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library and The New York Public Library. 

Registration is required here. This event will be presented in Spanish. Subtitles will be available. Scroll down for text in English.

Este evento virtual es presentado por Culture Pass, un programa colaborativo coordinado por Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library y The New York Public Library, en colaboración con ISCP. Desplácese hacia abajo para ver la descripción del evento en inglés.

En diciembre del 2020, el artista estadounidense Daniel Ramos, llegó a la residencia ISCP en Brooklyn manejando una camioneta cargada con cientos de negativos fotográficos, madera recuperada y objetos encontrados en la casa de su familia en México. Para este evento, Ramos estará acompañado de la curadora independiente, Monica Espinel, quien lo entrevistará sobre la trayectoria de su práctica artística y la dirección experimental que ha tomado su trabajo desde su llegada a ISCP.

La registración para el evento es requisito para atender aquí. Este evento se presentará en español.

Daniel Ramos es un fotógrafo y artista estadounidense. Ha representado la vida y los paisajes de la clase trabajadora mexicana en los Estados Unidos y en México durante más de 20 años. Al comienzo de su carrera, Ramos decidió que las personas en su vida —familia, amigos, compañeros de trabajo— serían los sujetos de su trabajo. Ramos usa la fotografía como un vehículo para amplificar la presencia de sus sujetos en el mundo y recientemente ha comenzado a ir más allá de la tradición fotográfica de crear en una sola imagen. Ramos se atrevió a salir de los confines de la clase trabajadora para seguir una carrera en las artes, un conflicto que para él era más grande que el conflicto de su identidad cultural. Quién el es se seguirá definiendo día a día y no disminuye su deseo de pertenecer a la sociedad y al mundo.

En Marzo de 2020, Ramos completó el programa Spring International Artist-In-Residence en Artpace San Antonio, Texas y recibió el Premio Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor otorgado por el Center of Documentary Studies de la Universidad de Duke en 2018. Ramos será un Artista en residencia en Light Work, Syracuse, NY en Junio de 2021.

Monica Espinel es crítica y curadora independiente especializada en Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de América Latina. Es candidata a doctorado en Historia del Arte, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Ha trabajado en el Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, la Bienal de Liverpool y Wave Hill, así como en galerías, ferias de arte, y espacios independientes. Recientemente, fue curadora invitada en Artpace (San Antonio, TX, 2020). Sus intereses incluyen temas de representación, redes artísticas internacionales, la intersección del arte y la política, el cuerpo, el cine, la literatura, el arte de acción, y la cultura visual.

Este programa está apoyada, en parte, por Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council District 34; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.; Teiger Foundation; Willem de Kooning Foundation; y William Talbott Hillman Foundation.


In December 2020, American artist Daniel Ramos arrived at his ISCP residency in Brooklyn in a well-traveled van filled with hundreds of photographic negatives, reclaimed wood, and other found art materials from his family home in Mexico. For this event, he will be in conversation with independent curator Monica Espinel, who will interview him about his art practice and the experimental direction his work has taken at ISCP. 

Daniel Ramos is an American photographer and artist. He has depicted the lives and landscapes of the Mexican working-class world in the United States and in Mexico for over 20 years. Early on in his career, he decided that the people in his life—family, friends, co-workers—would be the subjects of his work. Ramos uses photography as a vehicle to amplify their presence in the world and has recently begun moving beyond the single image convention of picture making. Ramos dared to step out of the confines of the working class to pursue a career in the arts, a conflict which to him was greater than his cultural identity. Who he is will continue to be defined day by day and does not diminish his desire to belong to society and the world.

In March 2020, Ramos completed the Spring International Artist-In-Residence program at Artpace San Antonio, Texas and was the recipient of the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize granted from the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2018. Ramos will be an Artist-In-Residence at Light Work, Syracuse, NY in June 2021.

Monica Espinel is an independent curator and writer specialized in Modern and Contemporary Art from Latin America and is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art, Liverpool Biennial, and Wave Hill, as well as galleries, art fairs, and alternative art spaces. Most recently, she guest curated the International Artist-In-Residence Program at Artpace in San Antonio, TX (2020). Her research interests include issues of representation, international artistic networks, the intersection of art and politics, the body, film, literature, performance, and visual culture.

This program is supported, in part, by Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York City Council District 34; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc.; Teiger Foundation; Willem de Kooning Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

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Open Studios
April 27–April 28, 2021

2021 Spring Open Studios

Spring Open Studios Open Hours:

  • April 27, 2021, 4–8:30pm EDT
  • April 28, 2021, 11am–3:30pm EDT
  • Guest speaker Aruna D’Souza

Registration for Spring Open Studios is required here.

For assistance with event registration and Zoom login, please contact info@iscp-nyc.org.

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a two-day presentation of international contemporary art by the 29 artists and 2 curators from 23 countries currently participating in the residency program. Award-winning modern and contemporary art writer Aruna D’Souza will make opening remarks each day reflecting on why artists and curators should be thinking about Lorraine O’Grady. D’Souza is the curator of the artist’s first retrospective, now on view at the Brooklyn Museum.

Join ISCP for its third online event of this scale, with an updated format to share residents’ work and experiences in a lively series of short talks, screenings, performances, studio tours, and interviews in a Zoom webinar. Q&A sessions will be built into each presentation.

This event is free and open to the public ($10 suggested donation).

Open Studios participating artists and curators: Yousef Bahzad (Qatar), Svetlana Bailey (Australia/United States), James Beckett (The Netherlands/South Africa), Maja Bekan (The Netherlands/Serbia), Myrid Carten (Ireland), Yu-Ling Chou (Taiwan), Pamela Council (United States), Veronika Eberhart (Austria), Anna Estarriola (Finland), Carlos Franco (Puerto Rico), Moko Fukuyama (Japan/United States), Aslan Goisum (Russia), Wieteke Heldens (The Netherlands/United States), Duy Hoàng (Vietnam/United States), Shih-yu Hsu (Taiwan), Uwa Iduozee (Finland), Nora Joung (Norway), Lauren Kelley (United States), Kubra Khademi (Afghanistan/France), Miki Leal (Spain), Conny Karlsson Lundgren (Sweden), Shaunak Mahbubani (India), Maria Meinild (Denmark), Alison Nguyen (United States), Bundith Phunsombatlert (Thailand/United States), Daniel Ramos (United States/Mexico), Maria D. Rapicavoli (Italy), Rashaun Rucker (United States), Nina Schuiki (Austria), Francesco Simeti (Italy/United States), and Joani Tremblay (Canada).

ISCP thanks the following residency sponsors: AES+F; Alice and Lawrence Weiner; Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Danish Arts Foundation; Danna and Ed Ruscha; Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport of Austria; Fire Station – Qatar Museums; Hartfield Foundation; IASPIS – The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists; Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation; Italian Cultural Institute of New York; Joseph Robert Foundation; The Kettering Family Foundation; La Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon; Ministry of Culture, Taiwan; Mondriaan Fund;  New York City Council Member for the 33rd District Stephen Levin; New York City Council Member for the 34th District Antonio Reynoso; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; OCA – Office for Contemporary Art Norway; Pollock-Krasner Foundation; Saastamoinen Foundation; Temple Bar Gallery + Studios; Toby Devan Lewis; University of the Arts Helsinki; and Vision Fund.

This program is supported, in part, by the Austrian Cultural Forum New York: ACFNY; Consulate General of Canada in New York; Consulate General of Denmark in New York; Consulate General of Finland in New York; Consulate General of Spain in New York; Consulate General of Sweden in New York; Golden Artist Colors, Inc.; Google; Hartfield Foundation; Materials for the Arts; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Council Member for the 33rd District Stephen Levin; New York City Council Member for the 34th District Antonio Reynoso; 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; Nordic Culture Fund; Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York; Teiger Foundation; William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and Willem de Kooning Foundation.

In addition to the many individuals who support ISCP, the members of Director’s Circle are also thanked for their largesse: Anne Altchek, Tansa Ekşioğlu, Samar Maziad, and Laurie Sprayregen.

This event will be recorded.

Open Hours: April 27, 2021, 4–8:30pm EDT and April 28, 2021, 11am–3:30pm EDT
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