|Turning the World
Dread Scott & Kyle Goen, United We Stand Stand, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
At EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Cultural Transference, Turning the World is a conversation among artists Firelei BŠez, Hubert Czerepok, Dread Scott, and Juliana Irene Smith, whose vastly different practices examine how culture and cultural production are continually being challenged and transformed. Panelists will present examples of past work while addressing questions of cultural authenticity and how art can facilitate a progressive and broader understanding of identity politics.
Firelei BŠez was born in the Dominican Republic to Dominican and Haitian parents and lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited in various national and international institutions, including the New Jersey City Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, The Cortona Archeological Museum (Cortona, Italy), The Caribbean African Diaspora Institute and the Bronx Artist Biennial. She participated in Aljira Center for Contemporary Art's Emerge Program, and was a recent resident artist in The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Hubert Czerepok participated in various group shows in Poland and abroad including solo exhibitions "Devil's Island" at the La Criťe Centre for Contemporary Art in Rennes in France and "Haunebu" at the Zak | Branicka Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Currently works as a Phd at The University of Arts in Poznan, Poland. Currently living and working in Wroclaw.
Dread Scott's work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial in the Down by Law section. His work was featured in a survey at MoCADA and included in shows at PS1/MoMA and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. He has received a Creative Capital Foundation grant, fellowships from NYFA and is currently a resident in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace Residency.
Juliana Irene Smith is an American artist based in Ramallah and Zurich. She has participated in three Triangle Arts Workshops, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. In 2010 she participated in the Mobile Artistic Platform in India with Reloading Images and in 2011 she participated in ART OMI in New York. Her latest performance Pathetic Looser was part of the /sin/ Video and Performance Art Festival with Qattan Foundation in Ramallah and Jerusalem. She was a guest curator at Makan Art Space in Amman, 2010 with the public art exhibition Utopian Airport Lounge. This past fall, she exhibited in the On/ Off Language Jerusalem Show with Al Ma'mal and taught a performance in public art workshop at Darat Al Funun in Amman. Recent projects include, Project Dar, Zorten, Ping Pong, and Hotel des Inmigrantes. She is currently working on a research action project, "The Responsible Artist" with Gilles Fontaine.
Sara Reisman is Director of New York City's Percent for Art program which commissions permanent artworks for City-owned public spaces. Recently commissioned artists include Mary Miss, Ben Rubin, Odili Donald Odita, Karyn Olivier, Tattfoo Tan, and Mary Mattingly, among others, all working in diverse media and themes. Reisman has organized exhibitions and written about public engagement and public art, social practice, the aesthetics of globalization, and site-specificity for the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, Queens Museum of Art, The Cooper Union School of Art, Smack Mellon, The Bronx Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, Momenta Art, Aljira, the Kunsthalle Exernergasse, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Banjaluka, Republic of Srpska, among others. Reisman was the 2011 Critic-in-Residence at Art Omi, an international visual artist residency in upstate New York, and is the inaugural guest curator in 2012-2013 at Forever & Today.