October 30, 2018–January 25, 2019

Under the Radar: 5533 at ISCP

Opening Reception: Tuesday, October 30, 6–8pm

ISCP has hosted an annual institution-in-residence since 2011. This residency was initiated to support cultural exchange by bringing an international perspective to a local context. This year, ISCP has invited 5533, an Istanbul-based independent space founded in 2007. 5533 will be in residence at ISCP from October 30, 2018 through January 25, 2019 and will present an exhibition and a series of public programs during this time.

Co-founded in 2007 by Nancy Atakan and Volkan Aslan, 5533 aims to establish, within the Istanbul art context, a space to bring together people from different locations, disciplines, occupations, and backgrounds to create alternative models in the art context and to foster contemporary art projects based on art-related research, critical reflection, dialogue, collaboration, interaction, discussion, and sharing. Having selected a modus operandi that gives freedom for experimentation without fear of failure, 5533 functions without an official status, sponsors, or long-term plans.

For the three months that 5533 is in residence at ISCP, Aslan and Atakan will initiate an on-site project that will simulate 5533’s Istanbul space. Much of the work shown at ISCP will reflect on the past, while highlighting the current artistic and social atmosphere in Turkey. With the looming specter of censorship, 5533 always aims to remain under the radar.

The exhibition Under the Radar: 5533 at ISCP at ISCP will feature 5533’s archives, a selection of 5533-produced videos and several new commissions throughout the duration of the exhibition. Part of the gallery will transform into a project space, with rotating presentations. The first will be a collaborative exhibition by Nancy Atakan, Merve Ünsal and Yuri, and the last two will be solo presentations by Burak Arıkan and Gözde Ilkin, respectively. In addition, two historical photographs from 1938 and 1960 will be on view; both point to the current political situation in Turkey while reflecting on the past.

The exhibition will be supported by public programs throughout the Fall including artist talks and lectures. These will include the Sen ve Ben 5533 Project (You and I 5533 Project) designed by Merve Ünsal and Nancy Atakan, that will bring together the New York Turkish community with ISCP residents to realize projects, collaborations, or events that promote sharing, interaction, discussion and dialogue within 5533 at ISCP.

5533 public program schedule at ISCP:

  • November 6, 2018, 6:30–8pm: Lecture on 5533 by Nancy Atakan and Volkan Aslan moderated by Mari Spirito
  • November 9, 6-9pm and November 10, 1-7pm, 2018: Open Studios with 5533
  • December 4, 2018, 6:30–8pm: Project Space Event with Burak Arıkan
  • December 18, 2018, 6:30–8pm: Sen ve Ben Evening with Fatma Bucak
  • January 22, 2019, 6:30–8pm: Sen ve Ben Evening with Serkan Özkaya

This program is supported, in part, by Greenwich Collection Ltd., 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 and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Opening Reception: Oct 30, 2018, 6–8pm
Open Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 12–6pm

October 2, 2018, 6:30–8pm

Playing Japanese, screening by Hikaru Fujii with a response by Yukie Kamiya

This event, held in conjunction with the exhibition The Primary Fact by former ISCP resident Hikaru Fuji, will begin with a screening of Fujii’s video Playing Japanese (2017), followed by a response by Yukie Kamiya, Director, Japan Society Gallery.

Playing Japanese, for which Hikaru Fujii won the Nissan Art Award in 2017, includes footage from a workshop he orchestrated during which dozens of members of the public were invited to “perform” what it means to be Japanese. During this workshop, the participants also reenacted historical texts from the early twentieth century, written about an imperialist “human exhibit” that took place in Japan in 1903. Ultimately, the work is connected to current Japanese political and social issues linked to depopulation, immigration and discrimination.

Yukie Kamiya is Director at Japan Society Gallery, New York. Previously, Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan and served Associate Curator at the New Museum, New York. She has curated exhibitions internationally, and organized monographic exhibitions by artists including Cai Guo-Qiang, Yasumasa Morimura, Yoko Ono, Do Ho Suh and others. She also served for cultural institutions including the Japan Foundation, and Goethe Institute as a guest curator and co-curated the group exhibitions Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (2015-2017), Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (2013), and Under Construction: New Dimension of Asian Art (2002-2003). Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo for her curation of Simon Starling: Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima) in 2011. She is currently working on the Shanghai Biennial 2018 as co-curator.

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 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.



Participating Residents