April 29–June 21, 2016

A Room For Doubt: Lugar a Dudas at ISCP

ISCP has hosted an annual institution-in-residence since 2011. This annual residency was initiated to support cultural exchange by bringing an international perspective to a local context. This year, ISCP has invited Lugar a Dudas, a non-profit artist-run organization based in Cali, Colombia. Lugar a Dudas is in residence at ISCP through June 21st and will present an exhibition and series of public programs during this time.

As a laboratory for artistic research, Lugar a Dudas facilitates the development of the creative process and provokes community interaction for the growing artist community in Cali. Since 2005, the organization has run an exhibition program, documentation center, international residency program, cinema club, talks and workshops among other programs. Lugar a Dudas is particularly interested in the conditions in which knowledge about artistic practices usually circulates and how artists in Cali situate their production and local references for international audiences.

A Room for Doubt: Lugar a Dudas at ISCP is an exhibition and series of experiments in relocating and translating local practices to a new context. In ISCP’s gallery, Lugar a Dudas presents a selection of calcos (replicas) of influential artworks by Colombian artists Adrián Gaitán, Leonardo Herrera, Juan Mejía & Wilson Díaz and Mónica Restrepo, a sound work by NoísRadio, a photocopied short history of art from Cali and a documentation room for public study and usage. These projects provide multifaceted impressions of Cali, its cultural atmosphere, artistic production, and the many agents who propel a vision for the city. A Room for Doubt focuses on the operations that take place when artworks, stories and references are moved and adapted for new locations, audiences and languages.

A Room for Doubt: Lugar a Dudas at ISCP public programs:

April 30, 2 to 7pm: Visitors to Lugar a Dudas at ISCP can participate in reconstructing Con la comida no se juega (Do not play with your food), a 1997 work by Juan Mejía & Wilson Díaz.

May 10, 6:30pm: Lugar a Dudas in conversation: Everything you ever wanted to know about a tropical art space but never dared to ask. Join Lugar a Dudas co-founder Sally Mizrachi, Juan Guillermo Tamayo, and Leonardo López for a conversation about the organization’s activities.

May 24, 6:30pm: Panamerican Doubt and Unrest. Víctor Albarracín from Lugar a Dudas and artist 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.

June 14, 6:30pm: Diana Torres and Ivan Tovar will introduce recent Colombian cinema.

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.

June 21, 6:30pm: A book fair, live radio broadcast and reception will close A Room for Doubt: Lugar a Dudas at ISCP.

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 and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Opening Reception: Apr 29, 2016, 6-9pm
Open Hours: Wednesday–Friday, 12–6pm
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April 19, 2016, 6:30-8pm

Eva Kot’átková in conversation with Kari Conte

Artist Eva Kot’átková will discuss her ISCP solo exhibition ERROR with curator Kari Conte. Kot’átková will also speak about her recently published monograph Pictorial Atlas of a Girl Who Cut a Library into Pieces, which reflects her obsession with reshaping and hijacking pre-existing photographic images.

ERROR, on view at ISCP through April 19th, focuses on relationships between human bodies and the oppressive institutional structures that sometimes surround them, in a new video and series of collages and sculptures. Kot’átková is interested in the stories or cases of individuals who–for various reasons−are unable to integrate themselves into social structures. They become secluded, isolated, and handicapped by their circumstances, or develop alternative means to communicate, often through objects, props and devices. Others build parallel identities to escape from reality into a constructed world. In such a world, people become subordinate to their own invented rules, and apply different communication patterns and new hierarchies to their everyday life.


April 12, 2016, 6:30-8pm

Book launch: Stefanos Tsivopoulos - Archive Crisis, Shaking up the Shelves of History

Archive Crisis is a visual essay in a book form by artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos based on a series of previously unpublished images from Greek (media) archives. Tsivopoulos (ISCP alum, 2011) will be joined by Hilde de Bruijn (Editor, Archive Crisis and Curator, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam) and Lanfranco Aceti (Associate Professor of Practice and Director of Arts Administration, Boston University) to discuss this book, published by by Jap Sam Books, and supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

Tsivopoulos collected and appropriated material for Archive Crisis after extensive research in both private and public media archives that lasted over a period of seven years. The book explores the mechanisms of visual culture in a mediated democracy, and their effect on the production of collective memory. The book’s fascinating visual material is intrinsically linked to a broader European and global context, such as the Cold War, Greek-United Sates relations, and the more recent economic crisis. Tsivopoulos is interested in these documents as visual by-products of tumultuous political times, marked by, among other things, nationalist propaganda, crypto-colonialism and terrorism. He reintroduces them as the remainders of an unsettling past and a present in crisis.

The book includes commissioned essays by Dimitris Antoniou (Assistant Professor, Department of Classics, Columbia University, New York), Hilde de Bruijn (Curator, Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam) and Alfredo Cramerotti (Director, MOSTYN, Wales), providing academic reflection to link these historical images to a broader contemporary context.

Stefanos Tsivopoulos is a Greek artist and filmmaker. His poetic and often allegoric works are driven by a strong interest in the sociopolitical and economic aspects that determine the world we live in. His films are presented in both art museums and film festivals around the world. In 2013, he represented Greece in the 55th Venice Biennial with the work History Zero.

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.

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