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Publishing Against the Grain

  • Where and When to Believe, Taslima Ahmed and Manuel Gnam, 2015. Image courtesy of Taslima Ahmed and Manuel Gnam and ICI.

  • Pages, issue 6, 2017. Courtesy of Pages and ICI.

  • Makhzin, issue 2, 2016. Image courtesy of Makhzin.

  • traficovisual.com, 2017. Image courtesy of Tráfico Visual.

  • Pages, issues 6-8, 2017. Courtesy of Pages and ICI.

  • tranzit.org/curatorialdictionary, 2017. Courtesy of Curatorial Dictionary.

Organized by Independent Curators International (ICI)

Publishing Against the Grain is a new traveling exhibition that provides a space for reading, thinking, and conversing, where slowing down can become a form of intellectual resistance. It encourages discursive public participation, self-reflective investigation, and invites visitors to discover new perspectives while connecting differing and analogous spheres of contemporary art.


In the context of today’s corporatization and commodification of cultural institutions, and in many political situations where free speech becomes ever more precarious, independent publishing has shown extraordinary vitality and importance as a platform for disseminating alternative, progressive and autonomous positions.


Publishing Against the Grain highlights the current state of publishing and art criticism as it exists in small journals, experimental publications, websites, and radio, as well as other innovative forms. It is organized around projects that connect theoretical, social, political, and aesthetic questions with a focus on community, whether understood in relation to a particular place, or defined in identitarian or diasporic terms. Included in the exhibition are print journals like Makhzin (Lebanon) and Pisegrama (Brazil), alongside more experimental forms like tranzit’s interactive Curatorial Dictionary (Hungary).


In bringing these projects together from around the world, Publishing Against the Grain reveals how their material and discursive activities respond to intersecting subjects such as contemporary aesthetics, diaspora, sex and gender, gentrification, race, language, and art history.


A selection of key publications was drawn from ICI’s international network of collaborators. These curators, artists, and scholars involved in independent publishing are represented in the exhibition through their own projects and those of others who have influenced their work and school of thought. The exhibition continues to grow and accumulate as it travels, when new publications are added at every site.


Key contributors to Publishing Against the Grain include:

Art Against Art (Germany) / Bisagra (Peru) / Chimurenga (The Chronic / The Pan African Space Station) (South Africa) / Curatorial Dictionary (Hungary) / East of Borneo (United States) / Exhausted Geographies (Pakistan) / Fillip (Canada) / Glänta (Sweden) / Makhzin (Lebanon) / Our Literal Speed (United States) / Pages (The Netherlands / Iran) / PISEAGRAMA (Brazil) / Raking Leaves (Sri Lanka) / SALT. (United Kingdom) / Start Journal (Uganda) / Stationary (Hong Kong) / The Trans-African (Pan-African) / Tráfico Visual (Venezuela) / White Fungus (Taiwan)

And more…


Publishing Against the Grain is an exhibition organized and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and initiated by ICI’s Alaina Claire Feldman, Becky Nahom and Sanna Almajedi. The exhibition was made possible with the generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ICI’s Board of Trustees and International Forum.

updates

Interview with Moses Serubiri

ICI’s Becky Nahom met with writer and curator Moses Serubiri in New York to discuss his contributions to The Trans-African, a publication included in Publishing Against the Grain.

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Independent Curators International (ICI)

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. A catalyst for independent thinking, ICI connects emerging and established curators, artists, and institutions, to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration. Working across disciplines and historical precedents, the organization is a hub that provides access to the people, ideas, and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.


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Booking Info

Number of works: About 50 independently published projects
Space required: approximately 2,000 - 5,000 sq ft but extremely flexible
Tour dates: Fall 2017 through December 2020
For additional information, as well as to check specific dates of availability, contact Becky Nahom at 212.254.8200 x 129, or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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