Comradeship Reading Group: Interrupted Histories

Comradeship Reading Group: Interrupted Histories
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:30 – 8 PM

ICI 401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
FREE and open to the public

Throughout 2019 ICI is reading and thinking through Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe. This selection of texts by Zdenka 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.

On May 21 we are reading the third chapter “Interrupted Histories,” translated by Rawley Grau and previously published by the Moderna galerija, Ljubljana in 2006. The conversation will be co-led with curator and writer Shehab Awad and gallerist Mike Tan.

ICI’s 2019 Comradeship Reading Group is open to the public and co-led by a group of 14 core participants: Shehab Awad, Jess Barbagallo, Margot Bouman, Kate Fowle, Yin Ho, Ladi’Sasha Jones, Carlos Kong, Lynn Maliszewski, Amanda Parmer, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Birgit Rathsmann, Cory Tamler, Mike Tan and Jovana Stokic. In these monthly sessions we consider how the breadth of material Badovinac covers in her collected writing intersects with our contemporary and respective work in the context of New York in 2019. Topics Badovinac addresses in her writing include questions of alterity, decolonization, Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalytic models, instating institutions, parallel and subordinate histories, Laibach, punk and alternative music scenes, code switching, multiculturalism, duration and performance, standardization, the body as a medium for games of power and control, self-determination and self-management, IRWIN, hybridity, critiques of the modernist understanding of quality, quantification of everyday life, allegory, memory and sustainability. These are only a handful of the many incisive connections that Badovinac’s writing elicits, which we draw out and think through in conversation.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with READING GROUP in the subject line. A PDF of the chapter that will be discussed event will be emailed upon RSVP.

Order Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe by Zdenka Badovinac, published by ICI. Available here.

Subsequent Comradeship Reading Group dates include:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 | 6:30 – 8PM
Contemporaneity; Repetition: The Museum of Contemporary Art
Pages 103-120

This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image Caption: ARTPOOL, Art Institutions Art Practice in Hungary in the 1970s and 1980s, 2006. Installation view, Interrupted Histories: Arteast Exhibition, 2006

May 21, 2019

ICI 401 Broadway Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Shehab Awad

Shehab Awad is an independent curator and writer from Cairo, Egypt based in New York City. He/she is Founding Director of Executive Care, an all-encompassing agency at the service of artists. Her/his writing appears in the Brooklyn Rail, and ArtAsiaPacific Magazine. Awad has held curatorial positions at Townhouse, Cairo;  Institute of Arab and Islamic Art, NY; and most recently Participant Inc, NY. He/she holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.

Mike Tan

Mike Tan is a Malaysian gallerist who runs the Contemporary Art gallery, RUBBER FACTORY in the Lower East Side of New York. His degree at Gallatin NYU was the Intersection between Fact and Fiction in the Post Colonial British Archive.

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