New Models and Future Forms
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
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Join us for an online conversation between curators Mari Spirito (Curatorial Intensive Alumna Inhotim ‘12) and Abhijan Toto (Curatorial Intensive Alumnus Bangkok ‘18). Spirito and Toto will discuss collaborative methods that have been developed prior to and in response to current global crises and local conditions. Both curators have been implementing new approaches to art that think through multiplicities of forms of engagement, beyond only the exhibitionary, in and out of various kinds of crises. They will share what they have learned, and continue to learn, from each other’s cross-cultural practices, Toto with The Forest Curriculum and Spirito with Protocinema, each aiming at reducing consumption and extraction. The two will discuss their upcoming collaboration, A Few In Many Places 2021, a group exhibition held across six cities, Seoul, Bangkok, Istanbul, New York, San Juan, and Guatemala City, which addresses re-learning, collective practice and breaking historical cycles of violence.
A Few In Many Places and accompanying programs begin in May 2021 and include collaborators: Gahee Park, Ikhyun Gim, Miji Lee, Welcome to Ogasawara, Abhijan Toto, Komtouch Napattaloong, with Thanart Rasanont, Mari Spirito, Zeynep Kayan, Kathryn Hamilton, Deniz Tortum, Lila Nazemian, Vartan Avakian, Kristine Khouri, Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Pluma, Jorge González Santos, Esvin Alarcon Lam, with Antonio Pichilla and Camilla Juarez.
Sprito and Toto are both contributing curators to ICI’s new traveling exhibition, Notes for Tomorrow.
This event is co-presented with Protocinema. Protocinema is a cross-cultural art organization that commissions and presents site-aware art around the world. Based in Istanbul and New York, we produce critical installations of the highest artistic quality and accessible to everyone. Protocinema evokes empathy towards understanding of difference across regions though: exhibitions, commissions, public programing and mentorship. Founded in 2011 by Mari Spirito, Protocinema is a nonprofit 501(c)3, free of ‘brick and mortar’, sites vary to respond both to global concerns and changing conditions on the ground.
This program was 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.