June 14, 2016, 6:30–9pm

Caligari Film Club

Diana Torres and Ivan Tovar from Lugar a Dudas introduce recent Colombian cinema at ISCP.

Lugar a Dudas presents a one-day condensed version of the Caligari Film Club, a long-running cinema group from Cali, Colombia that has been part of Lugar a Dudas’ program for more than ten years. Film clubs in Cali were initiated in the 1960s by writer Andrés Caicedo and Grupo de Cali. Caligary Film Club features two genres of cinema: fiction film and auteur cinema. With two weekly screenings, the film club serves as a platform for local film production, aligned with Lugar a Dudas’ concept of educación sin escuela (education without school). Important Colombian film figures including Oscar Ruiz Navia, Natalia Imery and César Acevedo have all participated.

Film Program:

La Tierra y La Sombra, directed by César Acevedo, 2015. Film. Awarded the Cámera d’Or, Cannes Film Festival.

El Proyecto del Diablo, directed by Oscar Campo, 1999. Film.

Alén, directed by Natalia Imery, 2014. Film.

El Susurro de Un Abedul, directed by Diana Montenegro, 2015. Film.

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, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

June 7, 2016, 6:30–8pm

Brooklyn Commons: Fred Tomaselli and Carl Boutard

Brooklyn Commons, an ongoing discussion series at ISCP, presents intellectual and artistic pairings between the established Brooklyn-based artist community and ISCP residents. This series puts artists in conversation who have not shared a dialogue in the past and focuses on cultural practitioners living and working in Brooklyn, both long- and short-term.

On June 7th, Fred Tomaselli and Carl Boutard will discuss their work, nature, site-specificity, adaptation, and making ephemeral materials permanent.

Fred Tomaselli explores perception, reality dislocation and the broken dreams of utopianism in colorful, complex works that utilize painting, photo collage, newsprint and unorthodox materials. Tomaselli has recently participated in solo projects at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; the University of Michigan Art Museum of Art; and the Orange County Museum of Art. In 2010, his work was the subject of a 25-year survey at the Aspen Art Museum, which traveled to the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, and the Brooklyn Museum. His work has been shown in museums and galleries around the world. Tomaselli lives and works in Brooklyn and is represented by New York’s James Cohan Gallery and London’s White Cube Gallery.

Carl Boutard’s practice shows the artist’s steady longing for the outdoors. With installations using drawings, sculpture and text he observes and reflects on the relationship between human beings, nature and culture. A recurring theme is that which is about to disappear, that which possesses aura and authenticity, both visually and from the point of view of content. During his residency at ISCP, Boutard has stepped away from his usual sculptural materials of bronze and wood, forming a new body of work made from paper and cardboard. Separating and recombining cardboard boxes into larger sequential constructions, the artist has created a production process mimicking the workings of nature at the molecular level. Boutard lives and works in Berlin and is represented by Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm. He has completed public art commissions in Sweden and Germany and his work has been exhibited at The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2011; Lunds Konsthall, 2010, 2011; and Artipelag, Stockholm, 2014. He earned his BA at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and graduated with an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy. He also holds a BS in Architecture from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Brooklyn Commons is organized by Kari Conte, ISCP Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

The next Brooklyn Commons discussion will take place on July 26th and will feature Tehching Hsieh and Alicia Frankovich.

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 and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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Participating Residents

May 24, 2016, 6:30–8pm

Panamerican Doubt and Unrest

Víctor Albarracín, Artistic Director at Lugar a Dudas, and New York artist and MoMA’s Director of Adult and Academic Programs, Pablo Helguera will engage in a “throwback Tuesday” discussion about 2006, The School of Panamerican Unrest, the first days of Lugar a Dudas, and the misconceptions of Panamericanism and typical humor in Colombian online art forums (called “bullying” everywhere else). Please join them at ISCP for loads of bittersweet nostalgia, broken utopia and fun.

Víctor Albarracín Llanos (born Neiva, 1974) is a Colombian artist, writer and curator. His work as an artist focuses on the topics of institutional critique, vulnerability and estrangement, precariousness, and irony, through the amateurish use of different cultural mediums, including music, literature and video.  A long time educator, Albarracín has taught at several art programs in Bogotá from 2000-2016. He is also a published contemporary art writer and has published the books: Feign, 2015; El tratamiento de las contradicciones, 2013; and Materials for a Makeshift Shack, 2013. In 2009, Víctor Albarracín was awarded the Colombia National Art Critic Award and in 2013, he relocated to the United States for a Fulbright fellowship. Albarracín is a co-founder of El Bodegón, a seminal artist-run space in Bogotá, and was a member from 2005-2009. He is part of the curatorial team at 44SNA, the Colombian National Artists’ Salon, that will take place in September, 2016, and was recently appointed Artistic Director at Lugar a Dudas. Albarracín now lives and works in Cali, Colombia.

Pablo Helguera (born Mexico City, 1971) is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction. His project, The School of Panamerican Unrest, is a nomadic think-tank that physically crossed the continent by car from Anchorage, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, making 40 stops in between. Covering almost 20,000 miles, it is considered one of the most extensive public art projects on record as well as a pioneering work for the new generation of artworks regarded under the area of socially engaged art. Helguera has worked since 1991 in a variety of contemporary art museums, most recently as head of public programs at the Education department of the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1998-2005). Since 2007, he is Director of Adult and Academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2010, he was appointed pedagogical curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Helguera is currently Senior Resident of Location One in New York.

This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 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.