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Archive Crisis is a visual essay in a book form by artist Stefanos Tsivopoulos based on a series of previously unpublished images from Greek (media) archives.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.

Participating Residents

March 29, 2016, 6:30-8pm

Salon: Francesca Grilli and Calori & Maillard

Francesca Grilli’s installations and performances focus on the intensity of intimate stories. These works are supported by sound elements, which Grilli considers the most effective means of communicating directly with the individual and collective unconscious. Her most recent project explores the relationship between two islands: Ellis Island and Lampedusa. She will present the starting point of this project during her presentation.

Calori & Maillard work with sculpture and performance. They will present their work L’oiseau de Feu, a ballet for tower cranes (2014-15) and their ongoing project Fashion Show, a series of wearable sculptures inspired by highrise buildings in Frankfurt, New York and Shanghai.

These artist residencies are made possible by the sponsorship of Farnesina Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, The Italian Cultural Institute of New York, and The Italian Academy at Columbia University.

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.

Participating Residents

Offsite Project
March 23–April 30, 2016

Vieno Motors: How to Prepare 2.0

In conjunction with a 2016 curatorial residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Satu Oksanen will collaborate with artist Ilona Valkonen on the exhibition, Vieno Motors: How to Prepare 2.0. This project reflects on anarchist botany, engages fellow artists and the public, and involves the creation of wearable artworks made from flowers and found materials. An earlier version of this project was shown in the fall of 2015 at Helsinki Art Museum, and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection. This presentation, commissioned by ISCP in collaboration with El Museo de Los Sures, will run for six weeks with an invited guest artist creating floral accessories for visitors each week, starting with artist Ilona Valkonen, who conceived the project. Participating artists include Heidi Hankaniemi, Franz Jyrch, Marja Kanervo, Ragnhild May, Gabriel Specter, Tove Storch, Aarti Sunder, Tattfoo Tan, and C. Spencer Yeh.

Week 1
March 23: Ilona Valkonen and Tove Storch
March 25: Ilona Valkonen and Aarti Sunder
March 26: Ilona Valkonen and Marja Kanervo

Week 2
April 1: Tattfoo Tan
April 2: Heidi Hankaniemi

Week 3
April 8 & 9: Ragnhild May

Week 4
April 15 & 16: C. Spencer Yeh

Week 5
April 22: Heidi Hankaniemi
April 23: Franz Jyrch

Week 6
April 29 and 30: Gabriel Specter

The program will be open to the public and free of charge to participants.

Exhibition curated by Satu Oksanen, Assistant Curator, HAM Helsinki Art Museum.

Ilona Valkonen (born 1980, Helsinki, Finland) is known for her conceptual installations, paintings, and performance work. Valkonen studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. In addition to solo exhibitions, she has taken part in numerous group shows in Finland and abroad.

El Museo de Los Sures was born from a partnership between Southside United with Cornell University and Churches United for Fair Housing to preserve the history of the neighborhood’s residents.

This project is the seventh collaboration between Los Sures and ISCP. It is made possible through the generous support of the Consulate General of Finland, New York; The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York; Frame Visual Art Finland; and in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Antonio Reynoso, Council Member, 34th District; and the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation. Satu Oksanen’s curatorial residency is made possible by the Fulbright Center Finland. The exhibition is also supported by the donations of ChristyGardens, Hannah Edmunds, and Smiling Hogshead Ranch. Special thanks to Maija Tanninen-Mattila.

Opening Reception: Mar 23, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm
Fridays and Saturdays 4-6pm
El Museo de Los Sures
120 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11249
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