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Muriel Enjalran in Conversation with Yevgeniy Fiks and Renaud Proch


Hamish Fulton, Walk 2: Margate Marine Pool, photo © Dan Bass

Muriel Enjalran in Conversation with Yevgeniy Fiks and Renaud Proch
Monday, May 13
6:30–8pm

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

ICI’s 2012 Curatorial Fellow, Muriel Enjalran, will speak with Yevgeniy Fiks about his practice and the articulation of politics and aesthetics in his work. The conversation stems from Enjalran’s fellowship research into forms of artistic engagement with the public sphere, as well as the relationship between art, society, and politics in the U.S. Enjalran will discuss with Fiks the notion of political (or politicized) art, the importance of memory in his practice, as well as the sense of responsibility in the representation of fleeting histories.


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Muriel Enjalran’s fellowship is supported by the Ministère de la culture et de la communication (DGCA), with further assistance from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Additional support is provided by Human Hotel.

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May 13, 2013

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

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Muriel Enjalran

Enjalran is exploring the artist’s relationship to public property, and more specifically examining how these practices in the city force us to rethink aesthetics. She regularly collaborates with the artists Ângela Ferreira, Caetano Dias and Hamish Fulton, with whom she was invited as curator to present an important monographic project at Crac Languedoc Roussillon in Sète, France. In addition, Enjalran is developing a collaborative network that brings together artists from Portugal, Brazil and Morocco, where she also regularly curates projects for L’appartement 22, an independent art space in Rabat. At the Jackman Goldwasser residency program / Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, she is currently pursuing her explorations on the renewal of artistic forms of engagement in the public sphere. She has been recently appointed as the new director of the CRP/Centre régional de la Photography Nord-Pas-de-Calais in Douchy-les-Mines, which develops art centre missions in the field of photography and contemporary images. Founded in 1982, it grew out of a collective of photographers who came from the photo club of the Usinor Denain Work Council. It houses a collection of over 15,000 works with an art library, and also has a document archive. It develops activities supporting creativity, production, research (unique in the field of photography in France), distribution and mediation, implementing these in a region that is marked by an industrial past and has a long history of commitment to culture. Enjalran has worked at the d.c.a – the French association for the development of centres d’art (2006-2015) – serving as Project Manager, she helped to coordinate a structure of 50 art spaces across France, and enable connections between those spaces and other European institutions. She was an Associate Curator for the first edition of the Biennale de Belleville, Paris, in 2011; and for the 3rd Arts in Marrakech International Biennale, in 2009.


Yevgeniy Fiks

Yevgeniy Fiks was born in Moscow in 1972 and has been living and working in New York since 1994. Fiks has produced many projects on the subject of the Post-Soviet dialog in the West, among them: “Lenin for Your Library?” in which he mailed V.I. Lenin’s text “Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism” to one hundred global corporations as a donation for their corporate libraries; “Communist Party USA,” a series of portraits of current members of Communist Party USA, painted from life in the Party’s national headquarters in New York City; and “Communist Guide to New York City,” a series of photographs of buildings and public places in New York City that are connected to the history of the American Communist movement. Fiks’ work has been shown internationally. This includes exhibitions in the United States at Winkleman and Postmasters galleries (both in New York), Mass MoCA, the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Marat Guelman Gallery in Moscow, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros in Mexico City, and the Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon. His work has been included in the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2011, 2009, 2007, and 2005), Biennale of Sydney (2008), and Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007).


Renaud Proch

Renaud Proch is Independent Curators International (ICI)’s Executive Director, and from December 2009 to March 2013, he served as ICI’s Deputy Director. Prior to this he was the Senior Director at the Project in New York, as well as the Director of MC, in Los Angeles. Originally from Switzerland, Proch studied in London, and moved to the West Coast of the U.S. in 2001. He co-founded ART2102 of Los Angeles in 2003, a non-profit organization that realized projects by artists and curators on- and off-site; and the backroom in 2005, a growing artists’ archive and itinerant research-oriented project presented in five cities in the U.S., Mexico and France. In 2011, he co-curated with Khwezi Gule a retrospective of South African artist Tracey Rose for the Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, and the Umea Bildmuseet, Sweden, which also traveled to the Nikolaj Kunsthal, in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Human Hotel

Human Hotel is a hospitality-based residency program that engages private households in New York City to host international cultural workers in need of short-term accommodation. All hosting is done free of charge. In some cases, Human Hotel simply provides the “hotel room” that a visiting artist or scholar could not otherwise afford, thereby making it feasible for them to present their work. Other times, guests are artists coming to town to work on public art projects outside the realm of the gallery space. The mission of Human Hotel is to help artists work better with – rather than around, or apart from – the residents, knowledge, and structures of New York City. The project also advocates for a better usage of economic resources. Right now, local art institutions use up to 1/3 of their budget for international productions on hotel costs. Why not stay for free with Human Hotel – and pay the artists more? Human Hotel is run by Wooloo and is launched at New Museum’s IDEAS CITY in May 2013.


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