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Clemens Poole is an artist and filmmaker based in New York City. His projects and exhibitions have been presented in Kyiv, New York, and Berlin. Since 2014 his practice has been linked closely to the events of the Ukrainian crisis. In collaboration with the internally displaced Ukrainian art foundation IZOLYATSIA he has curated and produced exhibitions including Zahoplennya, a series of public installations in Kyiv and Architecture Ukraine: Beyond the Front, an exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennial. Recurring themes in his work include questions surrounding the experience of post-Soviet state formation and international recognition. He is currently engaged in the long form video project Starobilsk Portrait, depicting life in Eastern Ukraine in proximity to the de facto border with the separatist territories. He holds a BFA from the Cooper Union and an MA/MSc in international history from Columbia University and the London School of Economics.
On April 23 we are reading the second chapter of Zdenka Badovinac‘s Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe, “Form-Specific Art,” translated by Borut Cajnko and previously published by the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana in 2003. The conversation will be co-led by writer Margot Bouman and artist and filmmaker Clemens Poole. Throughout 2019 ICI is reading and thinking through Comradeship in our monthly reading group. This selection of texts by Badovinac, edited by J. Myers-Szupinska, gathers twenty years of writings from disparate and hard-to-find sources alongside new texts from the forward-thinking Slovenian curator, museum director, and scholar Zdenka Badovinac.read more »