Exhibition
Through February 25

On Delegitimization and Solidarity: Sisiku AyukTabe, the Martin Luther King Jr. of Ambazonia, the Nera 10, and the Myth of Violent Africa

Opening Reception: Friday, September 17, 2021, 6–8pm

In his first United States solo show, Adjani Okpu-Egbe presents mixed media compositions, aiming to raise awareness about Ambazonia, also known as Southern Cameroons or English Speaking Cameroons, where the artist was born and lived until 2004. Okpu-Egbe’s antiracist and decolonial visuals, along with written, spoken, and musical contextualization, shed light on the ongoing war waged in Ambazonia by the French neocolonial regime in Cameroon. The artist observes, “United States taxpayers also unwittingly fund terrifying colonial violence―even the killing of children—in my homeland and have a right to know and have a say about this devastating War that started in 2016.” 

His compositions are replete with symbolism inspired by the natural world, including pregnant fish, vines bearing lemons, and semi-abstract beasts, which refer to specific people and histories of oppression as well as celebrations of freedom. Often painting on nontraditional supports, like doors, and incorporating everyday objects including books, mouse traps, and bubble wrap, the artist layers materials to convey irreducible complexity. Prior to becoming an artist, Okpu-Egbe studied archaeology and the history of political thought, which informed his practice.

ISCP’s opening reception and public discussion on September 17 will be co-hosted by the Ambazonia Prisoners of Conscience Support Network and the International Peace Research Association, and will feature a panel discussion with the artist, academics, and activists who will unpack the international political situation in Ambazonia in the context of the work on view. Other speakers will include political prisoners (connecting virtually) and leaders of the Black liberation movement in the United States. The panel will be moderated by Matt Meyer, co-author of Guns and Gandhi in Africa: Pan-African Insights on Nonviolence, Armed Struggle and Liberation, and Senior Research Scholar at University of Massachusetts/Amherst Resistance Studies Initiative. 

Okpu-Egbe (born 1979, Kumba, Cameroon) lives and works in London and has exhibited work at Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany, and SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, among other institutions. He has presented his work in Surpassing the Eternally Mysterious Afro-Surreal, 2019, Sulger-Buel Gallery, London (solo show); Regarding Africa: Contemporary Art and Afro-Futurism, 2016, Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and his installation The Journey of the Underdog, 2014, was highlighted in the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London. In 2020, he was the recipient of the inaugural Ritzau Art Prize and participated in a three-month residency at ISCP, followed by a four-month residency in 2021.

This exhibition is curated by Amy Rosenblum-Martín. Rosenblum-Martín is a curator who most recently served as guest assistant curator for Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood’s MoMA PS1 exhibition Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Formerly a staff curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami and The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, she has also worked for the Museum of Modern Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, all New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; National Portrait Gallery, London; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, among others. Her exhibition Ana Mendieta: Thinking About Children’s Thinking, 2017, at Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, Harlem, was an Artforum Critic’s Pick. 

This exhibition is supported by Colleen Ritzau Leth; Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Hartfield Foundation; Johnson Picture Framing & Galleries; 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 City Council District 33; New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy; Teiger Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

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  • Four visitors are allowed in the galleries at a time, and appointments are required. Please write to info@iscp-nyc.org to schedule an appointment.
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  • Masks or face coverings are mandatory.
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Opening Reception: Sep 17, 2021, 6-8pm
Open Hours: Gallery Hours: By appointment on Tuesday–Thursday, 12–5pm
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Participating Residents

ISCP Talk
August 31, 2021, 4-5pm

Artists at Work: Nora Joung with Monika Fabijanska

For this Artists at Work, current resident Nora Joung and independent curator Monika Fabijanska will discuss language as a technology and strategy within visual art. A Q&A with the audience will follow.

Nora Joung works with moving images, installation, performance and text. Her current film project focuses on European scholars travelling to the Americas. Joung co-runs the artist-run platform Destiny’s in Oslo, Norway, together with Melanie Kitti, Emilie de Rohan Birkeland, and Ray Hegelbach. She’s a member of the artist’s group Rose Hammer, and the editorial board of the small press H//O//F.

Tune into the Instagram Live here on Tuesday, August 31 at 4pm EDT.

Nora Joung is currently receiving a Government Grant for Artists, Norway. She received the Blix Prize, Denmark in 2016. Her recent and upcoming exhibitions include I Call it Art, National Museum of Norway; collaborative efforts with the Guttorm Guttormsgaard archive in Blaker; Nora Joung: Ding Dong at Kunstnernes Hus and UKS, Norway; and a third episode in Rose Hammer’s National Episodes-series which is preluded by the stage play Grini and the futures of Norway (2019) and the radio play The Radical Flu, aired on RadiOrakel, the world’s oldest feminist radio station (2020).

Monika Fabijanska is an art historian, contemporary art curator and art appraiser based in New York City. She specializes in women’s and feminist art, and is a member of College Art Association’s Committee on Women in the Arts.

Her exhibition ecofeminism(s) (Thomas Erben Gallery, 2020), featuring the works by Agnes Denes, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Mary Mattingly, Ana Mendieta, Cecilia Vicuña, et al, garnered reviews in Art in America, The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, Flash Art, and STIRworld in India, among others. Groundbreaking The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in  Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S. (Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, 2018) was ranked the fifth best NYC art show in 2018 by Hyperallergic, and critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail and Art Papers, among others. Accompanied by a catalog and symposium, it featured works by Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jenny Holzer, Suzanne Lacy, Ana Mendieta, Senga Nengudi, Yoko Ono, Kara Walker, et al.

This program is supported, in part, by Hartfield 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; Nordic Talks; NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust; Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA); Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF); The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Teiger Foundation; Willem de Kooning Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation. 

4-5pm

Participating Residents

ISCP Talk
August 20, 2021, 8–9:30pm

Homecoming Outdoor Screening

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is participating in NYC Homecoming Week, “a citywide celebration, featuring live concerts at iconic venues, free movie screenings, cultural activities, public art, and more.”

Current artists in residence will present short video works and film excerpts in this festive screening, hosted outdoors on the loading dock of ISCP.* Expect an evening of the dreamlike narratives, some hopeful, some eerie, including a collaborative program made with artists from each of the 195 UN countries and non UN member nations and territories, and an absurd bird-shaped mannequin waving to passing cars on a desolate road.

Register for your free ticket here.

Participating artists: Florian Aschka & Berivan Sayici, James Beckett, Maja Bekan, Ć (Carlos Franco), Moko Fukuyama, Ghost of a Dream, Conny Karlsson Lundgren, Kim Kielhofner, Elise Kirk, Jaroslav Kysa, Alison Nguyen, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Rita Süveges, Gil Yefman, Frank WANG Yefeng, and Anna Witt.

This program is supported, in part, by Evelyn Toll Family Foundation; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Mondriaan Fund; 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; Teiger Foundation; Willem de Kooning Foundation; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.

*In case of inclement weather we will postpone the screening to August 27, 2021 from 8-9:30pm.

8–9:30pm