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Photos from the Event: Y.ES Collect Contemporary El Salvador

Posted on June 3, 2015

Re-Making Fractal Engagement: 6 Perspectives

Posted on June 4, 2015

Charles Campbell, Actor Boy: Fractal Engagement, April 21, 2014, performance, Kingston, Jamaica. Photo: Marvin Bartley.

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics recently published a conversation between EN MAS’ artist Charles Campbell and EN MAS’ curators Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson along with artist Kemar Black and participant Natasha Levy.

To read the full article, visit The Hemispheric Institute’s website, here.

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Photos from the Event: Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

En Mas’ An alternative space for Carnival performance

Posted on June 9, 2015

John Beadle, Inside-out, Outside-in (2015), installation view from EN MAS’, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, 2015. Photo: Sarrah Danziger.

Ray Funk recently wrote an extensive two-part review of EN MAS’ for the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian. To read the full article, visit the Guardian’s website, here and here.

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Open Call for Artists

Posted on June 10, 2015

Open Call for Artists
International Exhibition in Vienna and Budapest, curated by Boris Kostadinov


To apply: https://www.works.io/organizations/independent-curators-international/open-call-for-artists

The concept

The project title Total Diagnoses contains a large dose of absurdity and this absurdity somehow becomes relevant to the current historic moment. The ambition for a global diagnosis of the present, is doomed to failure from the start by our post globalized world where the logic of what is happening is largely determined by what’s local and different. Simultanously in new history – cycling in particular appears the idea of a total diagnosis – a new social concept which will launch a new era, a new political system or an important change. This happened before the October Revolution in Russia, before World War II, before the fall of the Berlin Wall…

Do we live today in a similar moment?

The events of recent years led many observers to believe that we are on the eve of change. The global financial crisis has put into question the Western model and clearly showed that the post liberal capitalist system needs reform. The economic map of the world has changed and the countries of Asia and Latin America came to the fore. The Arab Spring launched new radical clashes. The war in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Charlie Hebdo, are all parts of a puzzle that has a complex system where religion, military activities and geopolitical interests can lead to unpredictable developments. The war in Ukraine showed that Russia declares its new place in the world as a global player. Are we facing a new Cold War?

Against this global picture occur thousands of local conflicts, refugee waves, discriminatory practices, personal life stories…

The concept of Total Diagnoses does not aim to present a pessimistic or an apocalyptic future. It is looking for answers to many questions with ideas that present possible artistic alternatives to the current socio-cultural environment. Therefore very important are the positive practices of solidarity, collaboration and targeted joint activities of various small communities and groups based on artistic, economic, minority or socio-political principle.

Application Requirements

The open call is aimed at a wide range of contemporary artists internationally. The specifics of the concept require works that reflect analytically and critically, comment and interpret the geopolitical, social, economic, technological and intellectual reality today.

To apply for the Open Call, applicants are required to present:
– CV
– Portfolio
– Precise project proposal – a description of the idea, visual materials and technical specification

The selected artworks will be presented as part of a public talk at the ICI Curatorial Hub in New York, an international group exhibition in Vienna (2016), and an international group exhibition in Budapest (2016).

Photos from the Event: Kill for Peace

Posted on June 18, 2015

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Kill for Peace

The Napa Valley Register Highlights the Opening of do it

Posted on June 19, 2015

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do it instruction by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, 2014.

The Napa Valley Register recently featured the upcoming opening of do it and do it (Archive) at the Napa Valley Museum, the first-ever presentation of the exhibition in Napa Valley, California.  In addition to the overall exhibition and the project’s archive, the Napa Valley Museum has organized two additional series of programs: do it (for Kids) and do it (Happy Hour), to engage visitors from all demographics with the exhibition. About the exhibition, the Napa Valley Register states:

“do it reflects the necessity of exploring collaboration and shared authorship in a constantly evolving art world. The project’s impetus was rooted in the effects of globalization on curating and artistic practice in the 1990s, a time that witnessed an unprecedented expansion of the geographies of contemporary art.”

To read the full article, visit The Napa Valley Register’s website, here.

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Recipients of the 2015 CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean

Posted on June 29, 2015

The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) and Independent Curators International (ICI) announce André Eugène and Leah Gordon as the recipients of the 2015 CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

André Eugène and Leah Gordon have been selected as the fourth recipients of the CPPC Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean. The award supports a contemporary art curator based anywhere in the world to travel to regions in Central America and the Caribbean to conduct research related to art and cultural activities, generating new collaborations with artists, curators, museums, and cultural centers within regional networks.

Working collaboratively, Eugène and Gordon will use the award to travel together to the Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago to research regional models of artists’ self-organization, alternative strategies of community education, and discover new exhibition networks for Haitian artists.

André Eugène (Haiti) is an artist and founding member of the artists collective: Atis Rezistans, and a broader movement known as the Sculptors of Grand Rue. In 2006 Andre Eugène contributed to a large-scale collective sculptural work, which is a permanent exhibit at the International Museum of Slavery in Liverpool. His work has been shown at the Muesum of Ethnography, Geneva; at the Parc de la Villette, Paris; the Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles; Nottingham Contemporary, UK and at the Grand Palais, Paris. His work was included in the Haitian Pavillion at the 54th Venice Biennale. Andre Eugène is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale, which has been held in Port-au-Prince since 2009.

Leah Gordon (UK) is an artist and curator making work on Modernism and religion; anthropology and post-colonialism; slavery and industrialisation; and class and folk history. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK; Parc de la Villette, Paris and NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Her photography book Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti was published in June 2010. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of Kafou: Haiti, History & Art, at the Nottingham Contemporary; on the curatorial team for In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art at the Fowler Museum, UCLA and will be the guest curator for the 2015 Paris Outsider Art Fair.

André Eugène and Leah Gordon‘s proposal was selected from 77 applications from 29 different countries. The selection was made by a jury of professionals, which included Pablo Guardiola (Co-Director of Beta-Local, San Juan, Puerto Rico), Catalina Lozano (independent curator, Mexico City, Mexico), and María del Carmen Carrión (Director of Public Programs & Research, ICI). In their selection, the jury considered the immediate and the long-term benefits and impact of each proposal for the places, institutions and artists visited, as well as projects that favor new understandings and readings of the artistic production of the region.


The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (CPPC) works to increase understanding and awareness of Latin America’s contributions to the history of art and ideas, and to support innovation, education, creativity, and research in the field of Latin American art. Through grants and partnerships, the CPPC also supports the professional development of Latin American artists, curators, and scholars. Recent initiatives include, among others, a sponsorship to create a Curatorial Fellowship at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany; a partnership with Hunter College (New York) to create the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor of Latin American Art; and a grant for a Venezuelan artist to assist to the residency program Soma SUMMER in Mexico City.

Twitter: @CPPCisneros
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cisneroscollection

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, training opportunities, research initiatives, and publications for curators and audiences around the world. Established in 1975, ICI is headquartered in New York, but active around the world. ICI’s programs are presented and often developed in partnership with art institutions across the globe, therefore encouraging new infrastructures for art practice internationally, and inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.

Leah Gordon and Andre Eugene have written detailed travelogues from their research trips in the DR and Trinidad. the DR and Trinidad.

Read the full text on the DR HERE.
Read the full text on Trinidad HERE.

Listen to Leah Gordon and Andre Eugene present at the ICI Curatorial Hub on January 26, 2016 HERE.