ISCP TalkMarch 14, 2023, 6–7pm
Artists at Work: Aideen Barry and Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia
For this Artists at Work, current ISCP residents Aideen Barry and Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia will give presentations on their respective artistic practices and engage each other and the audience in a conversation. They will be joined by Director of Programs Alison Kuo.
Additionally, each artist will offer a prompt to the audience meant to provoke an open discussion. Makouvia will focus on the “beingness of the object,” inquiring how people relate to the essential material nature of art works. Barry, who often collaborates with other visual artists and musicians, will ask “What if we are the last of the artists?”
Aideen Barry is a multidisciplinary artist from Ireland whose modes of expression include performance, moving image, and sculptural manifestations. Using visual tricks to intensify the suspension of reality, Barry explores subjects such as domestic labor, examinations of class, otherness, environmental change, and human vulnerability. She has exhibited work at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Katzen Center at American University Museum, Washington D.C.; and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, among others.
Kokou Ferdinand Makouvia is a sculptor and performance artist from Togo, living and working in France. In his practice, Makouvia explores the relationship between matter and human beings, emphasizing the energy that underlies material expression. He has exhibited work at Galerie Sator, Paris; De Ateliers, Amsterdam; and Musée de la Céramique, Normandy, among others.
This program is supported, in part, by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin; La Fondation pour l’Art Contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon; 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; The New York Community Trust’s Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; and William Talbott Hillman Foundation.
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