Comradeship Reading Group: The Future; The Balkans

Comradeship Reading Group: The Future; The Balkans
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
6:30 – 8 PM

Mishkin Gallery
City University of New York (CUNY)
135 East 22nd st
New York, NY 10010
FREE and open to the public

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 February 18 we are reading the fifth section “The Future; The Balkans.” The conversation will be co-led by artist and writer, Yin Ho and art historian and writer, Carlos Kong.

ICI’s Comradeship Reading Group is open to the public and co-led by a group of 10 core participants: Shehab Awad, Margot Bouman, Yin Ho, Ladi’Sasha Jones, Carlos Kong, Lynn Maliszewski, 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. 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.

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

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 section that will be discussed at the event will be emailed upon RSVP.

The Mishkin Gallery is accessible for wheelchair users. We welcome service animals. Audio guides are available for current exhibitions. Public restrooms are located on the same ground floor as the gallery and visitors have the right to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity. The nearest wheelchair accessible subway train is the 6 train at 23rd Street, 0.1 miles from the Gallery. Union Square Station, also wheelchair acessible, is 0.4 miles from the Gallery. For additional accessibility questions please call or email us, we are happy to help.

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 Credit: Hello World: Revising a Collection. Exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2018, including works by Kazimir Malevich, Belgrade (left), Vadim Zaharov (right), and Mladen Stilinović (middle)

February 18, 2020

Mishkin Gallery
City University of New York (CUNY)
135 East 22nd st
New York, NY 10010


Yin Ho

Yin Ho is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer interested in value systems and methods of exchange via technology, belief, and care. Recent shows include “Cucumber Skin Jacket, ” a solo exhibition at Appendix Gallery in Columbus, OH, and “Science Window, ” a three-person show at Kayoko Yuki in Tokyo, JP. Her work was recently added to the Centre Georges Pompidou permanent collection. A graduate of the ITP program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the London School of Economics, she is a part of An/other New York, a collective of Asian and Asian American cultural workers, and a former member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, a group of artist-run, non-profit galleries. Her critical writing has appeared in Rhizome and Artforum, among others.

Carlos Kong

Carlos Kong is a writer and art historian. He is pursuing a PhD at Princeton University, where he teaches contemporary art and organizes the Queer Cultures Reading Group. He researches 20th-century European art, literature, and critical theory, with a focus on postwar Germany and its transcultural contexts, as well as global contemporary art. His criticism has been published by Flash Art, The Brooklyn Rail, and Migrant Journal, among others, and he was critic-in-residence at EIKON Magazine in Vienna.

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