November 2, 2016–January 27, 2017

The Animal Mirror

The Animal Mirror presents artworks that take non-human animals as their subject matter, reflecting a range of cultural and societal issues of the twenty-first century. The participating artists reveal the ever-shifting relationships between humankind and other species, extending the idea of non-human animals as creatures of mediation.

The works offer insights into animality by questioning human subjectivity and the boundaries between the human and non-human. The exhibition will be installed in ISCP’s gallery and project space, and offsite at a neighborhood community garden. During the three months of the exhibition, a robust schedule of public programs is planned, including a performance by Simone Forti marking the 50th anniversary of her seminal work Sleep Walkers/Zoo Mantras.

Artists in the exhibition include Kristina Buch, Marcus Coates, Petra Feriancová, Yona Friedman, Terike Haapoja, Anna Jermolaewa, Maartje Korstanje, Agnieszka Kurant, Wesley Meuris and Shimabuku. Nearly all of the work in the exhibition is being shown in New York for the first time.

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

The Animal Mirror will be accompanied by a publication designed by Other Means that combines documentation, images, and supporting texts from the exhibition as well as a second group exhibition Aqueous Earth, which took place at ISCP from October 2015–January 2016. Aqueous Earth presented artwork that reconsiders humanity’s relationship to bodies of water in the Anthropocene era.

This program is supported, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Greenwich Collection Ltd., The Japan Foundation, New York, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V., New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
ISCP also thanks Olive Street Garden, NYC Parks, NYC Parks GreenThumb and St. Nicks Alliance.

October 11, 2016, 6:30–8pm

Salon: Raque Ford and Visesio Siasau

Raque Ford will present the work featured in her current ISCP solo exhibition Yours Truly, Georgia Brown. This installation is based on a series of letters telling the story of the character Georgia Brown, who was originally portrayed as a temptress in the 1940s film and Broadway musical, Cabin in the Sky.  Brown sold her soul to the Devil in this tale, and Ford incorporated the short letters into a zine, paintings, and laser-cut plastic sheets, illustrating Brown’s words of loneliness, regret, and desire.

Visesio Siasau will articulate the inner patterns of a person taking a Tongan epistemological hermeneutic approach to life, and will discuss this in relation to semantics, semiotics, theory, and knowledge. His recent work–geometric minimalist black on black paintings­–portray cosmic vibration. This work aims to trigger simultaneous connections between the mind and heart. Siasau is also interested in the ways that Mark Rothko, Marcel Duchamp and other artists have explored such ancient systems to open up multidimensional interpretations of creativity.


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

October 4, 2016, 6:30–8pm

Anne Szefer Karlsen on ‘Dublett’ in collaboration with Independent Curators International

Curator Anne Szefer Karlsen will take as her starting point the book series Dublett to discuss the relation between editorial and curatorial work, an intersection seldom discussed in public. Dublett (2012-2015) is a publication series of four books featuring Annette Kierulf & Caroline Kierulf, Toril Johannessen, Pedro Gómez-Egaña and Elsebeth Jørgensen. Each book consists of an artist’s book, representing a distinct work of art in the artists’ oeuvre, as well as an anthology of commissioned texts on the artist or project at hand, written specifically for Dublett by contributors from a variety of disciplines. The books have a particular ‘three part architecture’, designed by award-winning designers Anti/Grandpeople. Szefer Karlsen is the series editor of Dublett, and together with strong team of editors (Eva Rem Hansen, Maria Lyngstad Willassen), she collaborated closely with the artists to provide them with an opportunity to actively participate in the contextualisation of their own work. Through Dublett they thereby explored the artistic endeavour as it unfolded, rather than canonizing it retrospectively. The editorial process therefore had many similarities to contemporary exhibition making, thus lending itself to a discussion on the intersections of editorial and curatorial work.

Anne Szefer Karlsen is a curator, writer and editor, interested in artistic and curatorial collaborations as well as developing the language that surrounds art productions of today – linguistically, ideologically, spatially and structurally. She is teaching and lecturing in formal and informal education, and is currently Associate Professor for MA Curatorial Practice at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2015-2021).

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

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

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