Book Launch: The Second World Congress of Free Artists

Camel Collective, The Second World Congress of Free Artists, performance still, Casa Del Lago, Mexico City, 2013.

Book Launch: The Second World Congress of Free Artists
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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

Camel Collective (Anthony Graves, Carla Herrera-Prats, and Lasse Lau) will launch its book, The Second World Congress of Free Artists, published in conjunction with Aarhus Kunsthal, Denmark. The Second World Congress of Free Artists is a loose collection of scripts representing a number of ventures on the topics of artistic pedagogy, alternative forms of education, and teaching art under the new conditions presented by neoliberal universities and colleges. The scenes in the book were written by contributing authors and dramatized through an intensive editorial process, resulting in an experimental and critical look at the educational turn in artistic practice. The evening will consist of a series of performative readings.

Contributors to The Second World Congress of Free Artists:

Camel Collective (DK/US/MX)
Mirene Arsanios (LB)
The YES! Association (SE)
Benj Gerdes and Jenn Hayashida (US/SE)
Colin Lang (US)
Ditte Lyngkaer Pedersen (DK)
Sande Cohen (US/TH)
Zachary Cahill (US)
Eduardo Abaroa (MX)
Javier Toscano (MX)
Ashley Hunt (US)
Johannes Raether (DE)
Temporary Institute For Witchpower (DE)
Michael Ashkin (US)
Andrea Creutz with Sebastien Berthier & Shirin Sabahi (SE)
Anthony Davies, Nils Norman, and Howard Slater (UK)
Carlos Motta (CO/US)
Sean Dockray (Public School) (US)
Mónica Castillo (MX)
Rum46 (DK)
Mary Walling Blackburn (Anhoek School) (US)
Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler (AT/IT)
C. Krydz Ikwuemesi (NG)
Miklos Erhardt (HU)
J. Morgan Puett
Eva Diaz (US)
Sam Gould/Red76 (US)
Flo Maak (DE)

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October 22, 2013

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Camel Collective

Camel Collective is the name under which Anthony Graves, Carla Herrera-Prats, and Lasse Lau have worked since 2005. The group’s interest have centered on the problematics of labor, education, theater, and collectivity through exhibitions and performances such as The Second World Congress of Free Artists at Casa del Lago, Mexico City (2013); Howls for Bologna at Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst (2010); A Facility Based on Change at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2011); and Una Obra Para Dos Pinturas at the Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan (2012).

Carla Herrera-Prats

Through archival research Carla Herrera-Prats’ work comments on the cultural and economic transactions that flow, often invisibly, in the context of a transnational world. Her projects juxtapose photography and material from different sources questioning the documentary value of both images and text. Herrera-Prats works is co-founder of Camel Collective, a group of artists and activists who have worked together since 2005. She has shown her individual work in Canada, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, the United States, Egypt, and Denmark in venues such as Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Darb, MUAC, Centro de la Imagen, Museo Dolores Olmedo, Centre Vu, Artists Space, Art in General, and The Contemporary Museum of Baltimore, among others. She received the “Jóvenes Creadores” scholarship and support for studies abroad from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes. Herrera-Prats has also been recipient of the Interdisciplinary Grant from CalArts, the Van Lier Foundation Fellowship, the Jumex Collection Support, and the LEF Foundation pre-production grant. She has been a participant at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, and was previously co-director of the gallery Acceso A in Mexico City. Herrera-Prats has recently taught at the Cooper Union, the California Institute of the Arts, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She received her BFA at La Esmeralda in Mexico City, and her MFA in Photography from CalArts, Los Angeles.

Anthony Graves

Anthony Graves works in a collective, research-based practice using painting, printed matter, performance, and text to stage the collisions and intersections of aesthetics and social processes. He has worked in a number of collaborations and has exhibited under the name Camel Collective since 2005. He is currently editing a collection of dramatic scripts titled, Proceedings from the Second World Congress of Free Artists, which includes essays, documents, and original works by over thirty artists, artist collectives, and theorists on the educational turn in art. Graves has exhibited in New York, London, Mexico City, Copenhagen, and Århus, in venues such as Artists Space, Århus Kunstbygning, Art in General,  Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Oni Gallery, and Gallery St. Vitus. He was an artist in residence in Denmark through the Danish Arts Council’s International Visual Arts (DIVA) residency grant. Graves holds a BFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2003), was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program (2004–05), and received his MFA from Cornell University (2009). He has taught at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University, and has given artist lectures at the Royal Academy, Copenhagen, and Malmø Art Academy, Lund University. He has written on the work of Michael Ashkin and Monique Crine, and has an essay in the book Architectural Inventions. Graves currently teaches in the graduate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Lasse Lau

Lasse Lau (b. 1974) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in New York and Copenhagen. Agency of Public Resources (APR) is the imaginary common subject matter from which all of Lau’s recent interdisciplinary art projects originate. It is an agency that through the means of art and collectiveness accumulates on-site knowledge, and through dialogue facilitates re-negotiations of space and democracy. Lau was the co-founder of the Danish artist group CUDI - Center for Urban Culture, Dialogue and Information, which raised questions on displacement in the representation of minorities driven by xenophobia in Europe, and how the modern Suburb became the new model of suppression. He has exhibited in a wide range of museums and galleries including Hamburger Bahnhof and Wolfsburg Kunstverein in Germany, Aarhus Art Museum and Brandts Klaedefabrik in Denmark, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Croatia, The Turin Biennial of Contemporary Art in Italy, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, and Smack Mellon Gallery and MoMA PS1 in New York. He studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and Funen Academy of Fine Art.

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