Event
July 17, 2018, 6:30–8pm

Imara Limon on new narratives at the Amsterdam Museum in collaboration with Independent Curators International

On July 17, curator Imara Limon will speak about recent curatorial projects at the Amsterdam Museum at ICI Curatorial Hub, located at 401 Broadway, Suite 1620, in Manhattan.

The Amsterdam Museum is a city museum, and considers its mission to make the story of Amsterdam accessible and to present it to as broad an audience as possible. In a Dutch context, with an increasingly multicultural population, museums are only beginning to self-identify as white institutions rather than universal places of knowledge. Younger citizens are interested in more interactive, critical and challenging programs. Priorities are shifting and the emphasis shifts to drawing in new, more diverse audiences. But can the underlying mechanisms that frame our shared cultural heritage be fundamentally changed? By whom? And what would that fundamental shift entail for the cultural practices of collecting objects, exhibition making, and organizing public programs?

The Amsterdam Museum is currently working on several projects in dialogue with audiences and Amsterdammers, to find out how to continue being relevant to them. Imara Limon will speak about a few examples with which she is involved. Black Amsterdam, 2016 opened during the first Black Achievement Month in the Netherlands, and instigated a broader conversation about race and representation. Black & Revolutionary, 2017-18 at the Surinamese Society was initiated by The Black Archives, an organization with a growing collection of archival documents around black thinkers, poets, scientists, that places Amsterdam in an international context of black radicalism. The project showed that not all stories can be told with the city’s limited collections and that collaboration with grassroots movements is crucial. New Narratives started as alternative tours through the building during Black Amsterdam by individuals outside the museum, and this evolved into a multiple-year research project toward becoming a more inclusive museum.

Imara Limon (born 1988) is curator at the Amsterdam Museum, where she curated the exhibition Black Amsterdam (2016) about black role models in the Netherlands. Limon has a background in Contemporary Art, Museology and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. She curated the exhibition Black & Revolutionary, an initiative by The Black Archives, and is leading the museum program New Narratives that reconsiders the narratives told by the institution and finds alternative stories around the collections. Limon was part of the New World Summit team, founded by artist Jonas Staal, and the manager of Frontier Imaginaries, founded by curator Vivian Ziherl, with international exhibitions and publications. She co-curated Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, 2017, a collaborative project with curator Alessandro Vincentelli (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art) and six Amsterdam galleries. Limon is board member of Kunsten ’92, advisor at the Mondriaan Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK), and winner of the National Museum Talent Prize 2017.

This event is a collaboration with Independent Curators International Offsite Curatorial Hub.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@curatorsintl.org with ‘IMARA’ in the subject line.

This program is also supported, in part, by Mondriaan Fund; 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.

6:30–8pm

Exhibition
June 26–October 12, 2018

Hikaru Fujii: The Primary Fact

Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 26, 6–8pm

The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces The Primary Fact, an exhibition of work by current ISCP resident Hikaru Fujii. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, The Primary Fact features an expansive new seven-channel video and photography installation based on the artist’s extensive research into a recently excavated mass grave in the southwest of Athens dating from the 7th century BC.

Across the seven videos in The Primary Fact, Fujii adds an artistic and performative approach to the archaeological and anthropological analysis of the eighty shackled skeletons from the Classical Age unearthed during the construction of a park two years ago. Fujii’s interest in the history of democracy led him to document a multitude of inconclusive scientific viewpoints on the grave. The skeletons left several important forensic clues that can be used to draw a fragmentary picture of their life and death: they were all healthy young men with excellent teeth, the victims of an execution, and were buried with their clothes on, showing respect by their executors. The date and location of their death is connected to an attempted coup in first half of the 7th century BC, and it is possible that the men—who may have been members of the aristocracy—resisted the emergence of democracy, although we can never definitively know this.

Adding to the complex, yet still perplexing knowledge produced by the scientists, Fujii has reenacted the moment of the mass execution in the key element of the exhibition. Performed by Greek men, the actors fully embody the most precise details of the last moments of the victims’ lives, through an anguished and visceral choreography. Fujii’s investigation of movement adds a critical layer not only to the story of the deaths, but also to the rise of democracy.

Artist and filmmaker Hikaru Fujii (born 1976) lives and works in Tokyo. Fujii studied at École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris, and obtained a MA from Université de Paris 8. He undertakes extensive research and fieldwork to investigate existing systems and structures, based on the idea that art is produced from a relationship between society and history. Rather than presenting his research matter-of-fact, his work attempts to reinterpret past events from contemporary perspectives. His recent art works have garnered both international and domestic acclaim. Fujii has had exhibitions at Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; and Sendai Mediatheque, among others.

This exhibition is curated by Kari Conte, Director of Programs and Exhibitions.

The first iteration of The Primary Fact was commissioned and produced by Onassis Fast Forward Festival 5 – Athens in May 2018.

This program is supported, in part, by, Greenwich Collection Ltd., New York City Council District 34, 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, Nissan Art Award – Arts Initiative Tokyo, and Onassis Cultural Center.

Opening Reception: Jun 26, 2018, 6–8pm
Open Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6pm, and by appointment 
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Participating Residents

Event
June 12, 2018, 6:30–8pm

Artists at Work: Ludovica Carbotta and Sara Enrico

Ludovica Carbotta will introduce her ongoing project Monowe, an imaginary city for one person only. Since 2016, the project has evolved into a multitude of complementary forms, including architectural fragments, the publication of historical documents on the origins of the city and the public manifestation of its only inhabitant. For Artists at Work, she will present the project’s episode Monowe (an interview) where the only inhabitant of the city appears, and questions her own existence in this fictional context. A reading based on the episode will take place and feature script contributions by Carlo Fossati, Gian Antonio Gilli, Orizzontale and Matteo Alis Respino.

Sara Enrico will give a live reading based on her ongoing project à terre, en l’air, which is based on the rhetoric of dance and is an attempt to work with surfaces, shapes and archetypal gestures in a humorous and rhythmic way. For this presentation, she will collaborate with Turin-based artist Andrea Alis Respino and Brooklyn-based artist and musician Byron Westbrook who have contributed a short story, Children’s Games (Possible drafts for a tribute to Bruegel), and abstract sonic textures animated in space, respectively.

This program is supported, in part, by Farnesina Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Italian Academy at Columbia University; Italian Cultural Institute of New York; 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.

6:30–8pm

Participating Residents