Mariam & Ashraf Ghani Afghanistan: A Lexicon Prints from dOCUMENTA(13) “100 Notes – 100 Thoughts” In collaboration with AhmadyArts With Independent Curators International (ICI) and ARTonAIR.org, independent curator Leeza Ahmady conducts interviews with artists, curators, critics and experts working across the broad field of contemporary art. The program will address the role of artists, curators and other art professionals in an increasingly borderless world, investigating the ways in which artistic practices, curatorial strategies and critical commentary have been reconfigured by intensified patterns of global circulation. Rapid advancements in technology have led to increased access to information and the exchange and promotion of new ideas across nations and cultures, regardless of geographic location. Ahmady and her guests examine the effects of these sweeping transformations on art practice as attention is directed away from traditional centers of gravity in Europe and the US toward regions that were previously dismissed as peripheral. Dialogues in Contemporary Art: Take 2 Tuesday, May 8 78:30 pm Mariam Ghani and 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 Ahmadys notebooks in New York. Mariam 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 71 terms, most of which are illustrated with archival or original images. The terms include names of central figures and places (Arg, Daoud), words that carry a specific (political) meaning in the Afghan context (bi-tarafi, jirga) and recurring events or defining themes (exile, invasion, loss). The notebooks point of departure is a detailed reflection on the reign of King Amanullah (191929), whose successes and failures set the pattern for the cycle of repeated reforms, collapses and recoveries that Afghanistan would undergo throughout the 20th century. The notebook also considers, from several different angles, the Dar ul-Aman Palace, which was part of Amanullahs design for an idealized new city, and which looms large over past and present-day Afghanistanas a space of exception, a center of conflict, an unfinished prototype for future plans and a ruined symbol of past failures. Ahmadys notebook focuses on Vyacheslav Akhunov, an artist who has been actively conceptualizing and producing artworks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, since the early 1970s. Though his oeuvre spans many media, Ahmady hones in on Akhunovs vast archive of personal notebooks containing some 3,000 pages of drawings and text recorded between 1974 and 2000. As he was often unable to realize physical art projects during the strict Soviet Regime, these notebooks became Akhunovs primary mode of unrestrained expression, invention, critique and exploration. Ahmadys dOCUMENTA(13) contribution contextualizes and shares excerpts from this massive index of one artists unrelenting creative momentum for the first time in an international forum. Past Event Dialogues in Contemporary Art: Take 1 Tuesday, March 13 7-8:30 pm Hitomi Iwasaki, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Queens Museum of Art, and Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America, speak with Leeza Ahmady about their research on the presence of Asia in Caribbean culture and art. Inspired by the occasion of the upcoming exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World (June 2012), Tam and Iwasaki set out to address the significant void of Asian cultural traces in the region. The exhibition, which will span 3 venues in New York City, examines the visual arts and aesthetic development across the Caribbean, considering the histories of the Spanish, French, Dutch and English islands and their Diasporas. As a highly globalized region that has been consistently shaped by multiple paths of migration since European colonization in the 15th century and the transatlantic slave trade, the Caribbean is often portrayed as the ultimate symbol of modernity and globalization. However, not all of the multiple interrelations have received equal attention. What was seemingly an innocuous simple task of detecting Asian cultures in the New World turned out to be something entirely different. Too subtle is the yellow tint under the dominant shade of black This event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with “DCA Take 2” in the subject field. For more information, please contact Chelsea Haines at email@example.com. DCA series is part of an ongoing effort by AhmadyArts to disseminate broader, more thorough knowledge of art communities and artists activities both inside and outside of Asia. The program will include select recordings of conversations, talks and panel discussions presented at the Curatorial Hub. All DCA events will be recorded and made available for public access through ARTonAIR.org. As an online radio station and cultural archive, they play host to 5,000 hours of diverse, indexed content consisting of non-commercial music, audio art, spoken word, cultural news, history and dialogue, and new media innovation.
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Terry Smith & Sofia Hernandez Chong Cuy on ARTonAIR.org. Originally aired on July 16, 2013. Art historian Terry Smith and curator Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy in conversation about Smith’s book Thinking Contemporary Curating as part of a series of conversation between the author and respected curators These programs are produced in partnership with the radio station of the Clocktower Gallery, operating […]
Erin Gleeson on ARTonAIR.org. Originally aired on June 10, 2013. Leeza Ahmady and Erin Gleeson, co-curators of the Season of Cambodia Visual Art program, IN RESIDENCE, discussed the curatorial process that brought together 10 Cambodian contemporary artists, one curator, 14 New York institutions, and numerous international scholars, critics, and curators for two months of residencies […]
John Menick and Yusuf Misdaq on ARTonAIR.org. Originally aired on May 27, 2013. Independent curator Leeza Ahmady brings together artists John Menick and Yusuf Misdaq. While from widely different backgrounds, both artists have made works that are simultaneously process-based, conceptually vigorous and span across mediums: writing, sound, film, and more. These programs are produced in […]