Dialogues in Contemporary Art: Take 2 @ ICI

April 19, 2012 - filed under Upcoming Events   

Dialogues in Contemporary Art: Take 2

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm @ Independent Curators International Curatorial Hub, 401 Broadway, Suite 1620, New York, NY 10013

Artist Mariam Ghani and Independent Curator and dOCUMENTA (13) Agent Leeza Ahmady speak about their contributions to the dOCUMENTA (13) “100 Notes- 100 Thoughts” notebook series, and share their perspectives on the recent influx of international art activities in Kabul, Afghanistan. This event will also launch Ghani and Ahmady’s notebooks in New York.

Ghani’s notebook, Afghanistan: A Lexicon, was co-authored with her father, the anthropologist and political scientist Ashraf Ghani. The notebook uses the form of a lexicon to construct a non-linear and somewhat speculative history of 20th-century Afghanistan, with an emphasis on recurrences, continuities, and spatial politics. The lexicon includes definitions for seventy-one terms, most of which are illustrated with archival or original images. The notebook’s point of departure is a detailed reflection on the reign of King Amanullah (1919–29), whose successes and failures set the pattern for the cycle of repeated reforms, collapses, and recoveries that Afghanistan would undergo throughout the 20th century.

Ahmady’s notebook focuses on Vyacheslav Akhunov, an artist who has been actively conceptualizing and producing artworks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan since the early 1970’s. Though his artistic oeuvre spans many media, Ahmady hones in on Akhunov’s vast archive of personal notebooks containing some 3,000 pages of drawings and text recorded in secret between 1974 and 2000. Often unable to realize physical art projects during the Soviet Regime, these notebooks became Akhunov’s primary mode of unrestrained expression, invention, critique, and exploration. Ahmady’s dOCUMENTA(13) contribution contextualizes and shares excerpts from this massive index of one artist’s unrelenting creative momentum for the first time in an international forum.

Mariam Ghani is a Brooklyn-based artist whose research-based practice examines places, spaces and moments where social and political structures take on visible and tangible forms. Ghani’s work in video and installation has been screened and exhibited internationally, at venues including Modern Monday’s at MoMA, NYC (2011), the Sharjah Biennials 9 and 10 (2011, 2009), the Beijing 798 Biennial (2009), the National Gallery, Washington DC (2008), the Tate Modern, London (2007), d/Art, Sydney (2006), Futura, Prague (2005), the Liverpool Biennial (2004), and transmediale, Berlin (2003).

Leeza Ahmady is an Independent Art Curator and Educator. She is Director of Asian Contemporary Art Week, a biennial of exhibitions and public programs at major museums and galleries in New York. She is an Agent for dOCUMENTA (13) exhibition (Kassel Germany 2012) and a founding board member for Center for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, (CCAA).

This discussion is part of the Dialogues in Contemporary Art (DCA) series, hosted by AhmadyArts in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI) & ARTonAIR.org. The program will include select recordings of conversations, talks, & panel discussions led by Leeza Ahmady, and presented at the ICI Hub in Tribeca, New York City.

All DCA events will be recorded & made available for public access through ARTonAIR.org.

These events are open to the public, but seating is limited. Reception follows. RSVP suggested at rsvp@curatorsintl.org with event title, Take 2 in the subject field.

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